Where’d the love go?

2 Aug

The last few months I’ve really begun to question both my motives and others’ around engaging in social media. Last night, I was thinking about how my use of different platforms has changed. Today, I sit shaking my head as I scroll through my RSS reader. Then I think back to when I first developed an interest in social media, I look back at some of my very first blog posts, and to be honest, it makes me just a little bit sad.

Where did all the love go? The passion, the enthusiasm, the collective spirit? When I first started delving into the space just over 3 years ago, there was a sense of camaraderie and support. Like we were all in this together, it was awesome that we could share our interests and be part of an exciting time when new technologies allowed for new types of connections. Today – I don’t feel like that.

Sure, I still love the idea behind social media, but I feel like things are getting a bit out of control. There is a sense of entitlement, of greed, jealousy and pot-stirring. It’s just shocking to me when I really think about the difference time has made. So many people are out to criticize a platform, complain about a company, make money or gain notoriety somehow. I will say though, to each their own on that front – I get it, I just don’t necessarily agree with it.

I’d like to know where everyone is who loves it for the real connections, the content creation and the ability to share with others? I feel like a total sap right now, but it genuinely saddens me to look at how things have changed. I’m not saying those people don’t exist, but for me, that excited, bubbly feeling has lost its shine a little bit. So, in hopes of figuring out how to get it back, I’ve decided that I’ll be doing my best to turn it all off during vacation next week. Relaxing on the dock at the cottage and traveling around a bit without a blinking LED will do me good I thinks.

Here’s hoping I can find the shine again.

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