Social Media

The Year of our Wellbeing

We are saying more, we are consuming more, we are doing more. But the day is still just 24 hours long. That sucks. As we become more connected and more engaged online, there is a risk that we become more disengaged offline. Technology is increasingly demanding more of our time.  We are getting hooked on the number of Connections, Friends, Retweets, Social Influence scores, Likes, and much more. Social addiction risks getting out of control. And I’m just not sure this is making our lives any better.

2013 will see more people question their quality of life in the digital economy.  This year will see the rise of apps for good. Apps that encourage activities to improve their wellbeing will dominate the download charts.  A walk in the forest, story time with the kids, a phone call to an old friend, drinking more water, an early night to bed…these old fashioned values still have a place yet they are losing out to the lure of shiny immersive gadgetary.  They are even more relevant than ever in this digital economy.  The well-being index will rise above so-called measures of social influence.

This digital world isn’t going anywhere, but we are consuming it in excess as if our lives depended on it.  Like a kid let loose in a sweet shop, we’re grabbing all we can with no thought for the repercussions downstream. The more time we spend connected, the more we are neglecting ourselves and others. This year will see a trend in apps that will help us get the balance right and enjoy our life in every dimension.

What The Killing taught me about Social Media

My school report always read “Richard is easily distracted.”  I was ahead of my time. 30 years on critics debate whether we’re the distracted generation or the engaged generation!  Whichever it is, we know that technology is affecting our attention as we adapt to the new world  As a fully signed-up member of the distracted generation, I celebrate my attention (or lack of) by vehemently switching between screens and attempting to handle more than one task at the same time.

But on a Saturday night this all stops for two hours. Sarah Lund demands my attention and she gets it. As the complex characters and plot unravel in the Danish-language crime drama,  a wee glance at my Twitter stream and a killer piece of the puzzle slips by in the subtitles. For those few hours I sit mesmerised. I disconnect from my hyper-connected world for 120 minutes. I don’t Tweet. I don’t Facebook. I don’t reply to emails.  I don’t even make myself a cup of tea.  I  just sit back, focus and enjoy.

And do you know something? Everything is just A-OK. The world goes by a few hours and I deal with it. People say stuff, and I’m not the first to hear it . And no-one ran screaming because of my absence from the Socialverse!  And when I did come to read the information that had passed, well, it was still relevant & interesting.  I didn’t return to a world so different to the one that I left a few hours earlier.

The Killing has taught me that Social Media can survive without me. More importantly I can survive without Social Media. Well, for a few hours at least.

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