Social Media is addicting and has harmful effects on sleep, eating habits, relationships and especially to children who are easily influenced. I started with Facebook and left due to the ridiculous amount of drama. It was too time consuming with little positive results.
I use Twitter to promote my books and it is also draining and takes away from my personal time. People do not return retweets and getting book reviews is difficult…even when I give the eBooks away for free. All social media is filled with cliques and if you are not in one of them, you will not get much support for your work in the way of tweets or reviews. I do my best to support as many people as I can and find many are too self-absorbed to even care. Some people can be so rude and thoughtless so I block them.
There is array of mentally challenged folks on social media and many want so much attention, it is hard to please some of them. There are stalkers who want to hook up or know everything about your personal life. This is creepy since I only want to have a bit of fun and promote my work. I am not interested in finding dates on social media.
I find it is best to visit my social media sites once a day, week or month depending on what you are using it to achieve. Some folks just want to babble away about whatever interests they have. There is a lot of competition and many just tweet their own stuff and are not supportive at all. It is amazing the hits famous folks get on twitter for making some idiotic comment while those who struggle to get seen have to work much harder. If you are not getting the results you hoped for, it is healthier to only use social media when you must so you can live your life without the stress of dealing with strangers, who care little about you or what you are selling and EVERYONE is selling something on social media whether is is art, books, music, beliefs, religion, politics, etc.
If you find yourself consumed with social media to the point where you are not attending to your personal life, you may be addicted to social media, which includes excessive use of cell phones as well. I know I have been and I am working to overcome this. There are benefits to social media. Overall, if tweeting, texting, emailing writing excessive blog posts etc are running your life, it is not healthy. If you find yourself not eating/exercising or attending to personal matters, you may want to cut back and use social media only when you have to do so. I do not believe our lives are richer via social media since many depersonalize others and behave in ways they would not if your were in the same room with them. Just something to consider. Best wishes to all and thanks for reading.