Sunday, February 28, 2016

Social media

There are a lot of people who hate social media. I empathize with some of their reasons, even as I (believe I) look beyond them.

Social media is a tool, just like a gun. You wouldn't stare down the barrel of a loaded gun with your finger on the trigger, and there are things you should never do on social media.

When Cheyenne died, social media (in particular Facebook) saved my sanity. It would be dishonest of me to deny that. And this blog- also social media- helps me in multiple ways almost every day.

But there are dangers. Particularly to privacy. Some you can lessen, some you can't. When I started out on social media, I used a sort of alias. Some places, I still do (it won't do any good to ask what the alias is). Sometimes I wish I had never exposed my identity. Other times it really doesn't matter to me- I spent most of my earlier life being a private hermit, and I understand the drawbacks of that life, too.

I also notice that the people who get the most stirred up over the "drama" they suffer because of social media, cause almost all of that drama themselves.

Ultimately there are benefits and pitfalls. To everything. It is up to you to decide what is worth it and what isn't.

And, whatever your views on it, I appreciate your choice to interact with me through this tool.