It may sound a little dramatic in today’s world to quit social media for the sake of your career, but that is exactly what some people are stepping up to do. They decide that it is better that they give up the tweeting in order to focus in better on the work that the are doing.
The idea of quitting social media runs in the face of common wisdom in today’s world says Cal Newport of the New York Times. Despite this feeling by many in the public, there may actually be a lot of value to putting down the smartphone and focusing on what you are supposed to be doing.
A lot of those who advocate for social media as part of your career say that it is a great way to get your ideas out there. That could be true, but it is far from the only way to do this. They also say that new and original ideas can spring up from social media. Once again this is true, but it is not the whole story.
The problem with social media is how much of one’s attention it demands. Every retweet, favorite, message, or other interaction on social media cries out to be responded to. It is very difficult to ignore these notifications, and many of us put aside other things that we are working on in order to pay attention to that ever present social media feed. Instead of using it as a tool, we start to surrender much of our time and creative spirit to these websites.
While many of us talk about the power of social media to generate new ideas or career opportunities, we often ignore the fact that we don’t always use it this way. If we were perfectly rational and effective users of social media then it might be a great source for good in our careers, but that is simply not often the case. We use it for looking at funny statuses and pictures of our friends and family. We can dilute ourselves into thinking we will only use it for work, but if we are honest with ourselves we know that is not the case.