Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us?
Facebook seems to be making changes, but are they in our best interest?
In this episode, I share the brutal reality – Facebook doesn’t care about you.
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Hard Questions about Social Media Use
On December 15th, 2017, Facebook posted an article on their Newsroom blog.
The title of the article was “Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us?”
In the article, they claimed to be focusing on this difficult question.
They share a whole bunch of research and drew some interesting conclusions.
If you use social media passively (lurking), this could negatively impact your well-being.
If you use social media to actively interact with people you care about, this could have a positive impact on your well-being.
Facebook needs to focus on getting you to use the platform in a way where you actively engage with people you care about.
This makes perfect sense.
EXCEPT for the fact that they pick and choose the data that coincidentally aligns with their business interests.
In this podcast episode, I walk through the article sharing why I think it’s flawed and challenge you to take control of how you use social platforms.
Also, in terms of business, If any of their business objectives move out of alignment with YOUR business objectives – YOU LOSE (if you focus on their platforms).
Here’s what I recommend for building YOUR business:
Create GREAT content
This is how you build a brand/business people care about.
Grow YOUR community by SERVING your audience
It’s all about service. If you put a priority on SERVING your audience, they will grow to know, like and trust you.
Show up CONSISTENTLY
The more you show up, the more opportunities will come your way. You don’t need Facebook to make that happen.
Drive people back to YOUR platform
This is the only platform you own and control. If you’re building a business, build one where you get to determine the direction of your business.
Get them on YOUR email list
I’ve said it over and over – your email list is one of your most valuable assets. GROW that email list.
Make your audience the star
It’s all about them, and not about you. Make that clear and they will care about you.
- Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us? – article reference posted on Facebook Newsroom page