Social Media: Have We Gone To Far?

Social Media: Have We Gone Too Far?

Social Media

Do you participate in a lot of Social Media sites? Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, Instagram, Reddit… the list goes on and on.

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Do you feel chained to them? Locked in… as if, maybe, your life would be “less” without them?

Is this another addiction?

I get it. I’m pretty plugged in myself. Sometimes I have those feelings that I just described.

Take a step back and look. You are way more valuable than these sites give you credit for. You are special without all this… this stuff.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Social Media. The connections are cool. the ability to spread my message is cool, but it should never cross the line of controlling your life.

Do the Social Sites ask for too much?

Are you ever concerned that your favorite social media site has so much information about you? They know just about everything about you there is to know. This information is freely and willingly given to them by us. This is a bit weird really that we’ve been led into this lifestyle where we are so free to share so much of ourselves.

What can be done?

I was inspired this morning by Ray’s video on YouTube.

Ray is a real guy with a real life. He also happens to be a very successful gardener with a YouTube channel. He reaches thousands of people with each episode. His Facebook page was very successful with many followers.

In this video Ray told us why he is no longer on Facebook. Yep, Facebook crossed the line so Ray cut that relationship right out of his life. That’s pretty cool.

Is Daddykirbs checking out?

No, not at this point. I’m still in the game, but I want to always keep things in check. If any of this blogging, youtubing, facebooking, instagraming… every gets the best of me I pray that I have my wits about me to cut it out.

I truly appreciate the support that you have given me up to this point. My content is fun to make. I love to share it. Your encouragement has given me more drive to be better at it all.

What you give me is valuable. I hope to give some value back to you. I’ll keep giving until it’s a drain on my life. My family is my first priority. They deserve a husband and a father that’s not constantly checking how many “likes” he has. They deserve to know that I am not willing to sell out for sites that do not care about me.

Thank you Ray for that reminder and for your example. This is a good day 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Social Media: Have We Gone Too Far?”

  1. Blake, This is an amazing write up of the current situation. You’re a supportive friend.

    I agree and support Rays decision not to submit to FB’s request for a copy of his drivers license. That’s a bit much.

  2. I enjoyed this post and Ray’s video very much. I’ve been lurking on your blog for some time and enjoy it! Coincidently, I’ve been sort of frozen this past six weeks or so thinking about this very thing. This freezing is not good timing since I recently started blogging about our homestead (hyerhomestead.blogspot.com) and have been seriously questioning why I ever thought it was a good idea. But, as I published a post this morning about my thoughts on homestead blogs in particular, there in my blog roll was your post. I appreciate your thoughts and have always thought your blog seemed real. Thanks for sharing this post.

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