A few days ago, I deleted my TikTok account. Yes, that is right. Gone, done, and never to be used or seen again. You might ask, “Did you decide you are too old?” I thought I was until I saw some Octogenarians on there. No, I decided that my wish to share inspirational messages depleted my energy. Preparing the sixty-second video for viewing takes at least ten times longer after creating it.
Please accept my word for it. Other than one or two of my one hundred followers who might wonder where I went, no one will notice, never mind miss me.
For the second time, I decided to stop doing regular YouTube videos. Why? For almost the same reason as Tik Tok. I happen to find YouTube easier to navigate. Again, however, among the millions of people watching other videos, is it worth my precious time and energy to try and acquire passive income or promote a message viewed by no one other than me, my husband, or my sister-in-law? I have concluded “No.” There are easier ways for the former. The latter I already do. I will not delete YouTube, but for now, delete me as a regular presence on this platform.
Instagram and Facebook
How about Instagram? Well, I have barely posted there in weeks. Will I again? We shall see. One person said they enjoyed my messages. I appreciate that, but they receive them from me on other venues.
Next is Facebook. During Covid, I engaged with some of the most remarkable people you can meet in some of the online groups in which I participated. I am most appreciative of that, but it was not enough to prevent me from deactivating my account for the second time in my Facebook lifetime, almost deleting it. I was tired of viewing the political vitriol and being expected to say Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, Happy whatever. On my birthday, which I hope to remove from my profile, I felt compelled to say thank you to 200 kind souls whom I will never meet but deserved my expression of gratitude. I even decided to transfer a group I started because of the responsibility I experienced acknowledging every post published. Sometimes, we forget our limitations, and as usual, me being me, I had to limit myself.
There are two reasons I returned to Facebook. Periodically, I host an accountability group, and where is the platform live-streamed? Facebook. Also, I enjoy sharing my articles and podcasts with anyone who cares to read or listen. I usually do not tag people on Facebook, but for the most part, I do not mind it from friends or fellow contributors. Helping showcase others’ talents is welcomed by me.
Twitter and Other Social Media
How about Twitter? I never deactivated or deleted that account. Again, the temptation was there, but I avoid controversial subjects, so I decided it was another platform to share my articles with people receptive to reading them. Since returning, I have communicated with some lovely people who kindly reviewed and commented on my book. One, in particular, has been extremely helpful and gracious
What about LinkedIn and online newsletter subscriptions? I never deleted Linked In, but it has changed over time. Newsletters, yes, I click often delete—more about both in Part 2. Stay tuned.
What Are Your Thoughts?
Social media is undoubtedly a blessing and a curse. We have to use our time wisely on each platform. I invite you to share your thoughts.