It seems to me that the distractions of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and all the other social media sites are really interrupting the daily flow of our lives. And I don’t know if that is a good thing.
There is little doubt that these are wonderful new ways for us to communicate with each other and make new “friends” and contacts; for those of us who “follow” – they are often enormously entertaining, sometimes even enlightening.
But, it seems to me that they are becoming such a distraction that they are taking us away from the serious writing we should be doing. Indeed some of my authors spend so much of their time on social media – to promote their work or for other reasons – that they complain they have no time left to write their books.
I found this article by Matthew Dicks in The Huffington Post last Thursday and thought it was relevant as it speaks about those things that keep us away from our writing and how many of us have trouble overcoming them: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-dicks/when-do-i-write-in-the-cr_b_2775893.html?utm_hp_ref=books
Indeed, I am almost afraid of the potential addiction of social media knowing that many of my colleagues spend so much time on it. There’s a fine line between using social media wisely and abusing it to the exclusion of our more important work and it’s one I struggle with as much as everyone else.
I wonder what you think of all this? Has social media taken over your life? Do you feel you are drowning in it? Or, do you want to spend all of your time chatting with your “friends” and “tweeting”?