Coming off the heals of the less than informative, but more proactive study that stated young people are more inclined to choose social media over sex. Now I don’t think I am getting too personal to share with you that I enjoy both social media and sex … just call that a no brainer. But the past few days, I went cold turkey of social.
Actually, this was not a planned event, but I was extremely busy with my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah and some things are more important than online socialization. But it was a nice break and I’ll share some perspective …
For those of you who have followed me for a bit, you know I am pretty active sharing my knowledge and experiences of social marketing. I guess if truth be told, I am borderline addictive. As others get from online socialization, I also get a certain pleasure in connecting with people and engaging. It definitely feeds a sense of good standing in a community of sorts. I would even go so far as to say that besides adding pleasure, digital socialization adds value to my life.
But do not let this deepened sense of pleasure coming from constant communication, fool you into personal comfort. Nothing can completely replace the direct exchange of two or more individuals. Having spent time with the closest people in my life this past weekend has reinforced this fact. I had the time of my life … not just being an extremely proud father of a daughter that did an amazing job, but connecting with my deepest and most sincere friends and family.
I am thrilled to re-emerge from my very brief sabbatical. I feel like the few days off have reinvigorated me. They have given me a chance to reassess my purpose in the social space. Reinforce my mission. I highly recommend giving it a try. I suggest that you step away for a few days and just clear your mind. Understand what YOUR purpose is in using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or any other social channel. Be conscious of your social existence and do not drift.
Make It Happen,