Refocus Your Social Media Attention

Friday, June 09, 2017

Social Media Challenge - Try Instagram for a month instead of Facebook




Since you are reading a blog, I am going to assume you are like so many of us, and regularly get on social media sites. And by regularly, I mean daily... Is this a safe assumption?

I know what they say about assuming, so if I am wrong, please accept my apologies.  But on the off chance you are like the millions of us who care multiple social media platforms around in your pocket (cell phone) then let's chat about those platforms for a moment - shall we?


There are tons of statistics about how much of our lives are being sucked in to Social Media sites... how they are ruining every aspect about our humanity... and other scary things every day.  I'm not going to spend time on what we already know.

In my experience, social media is just another example of how we never graduate high school. There will always be cliques - the popular group, the jocks, the geeks, the musicians, the artists, the misfits... you see where I'm going.  The big name social media sites have done amazingly well about getting these categories set up for us... we can like the same things and see who likes what, and just strengthen our cliques... and as a result there is a ton of bashing and bullying and crazy going on.

It's negative, and depressing.

And yet we continue to jump on these mediums because that is where everything is... our friends' pictures, our families' daily activities, our friends' recommendations, dinner recipe...


Social Media Challenge - Try Instagram for a month instead of Facebook



So why am I bothering with this?

Well I want to suggest you let go of at least Facebook, and spend more time on Instagram.

I am sure I could look every day and find a new reason why Facebook and their false news is no good... and yet Facebook owns Instagram.  So why I am suggesting the switch?

Well, Instagram is about pictures first.

And most people are visual.  We want to see more than read. And a picture does that.

The pictures are what you scroll through... not headlines, not lines and lines of text...

If you don't want to read someone's thoughts on a picture, you don't have to even see it. You just move on and your world is no different.

But if you see a picture that captures your attention, you can read a bit about it... and you can communicate with the person who captured that one moment in time.  Which is why this is just like so many other Social Media platforms.

But the simplicity of pictures first, and everything else second is worth the attempt.

Find your clique in a way that keeps the extra fluff away.

If you are into the fancy editing, and polishing of pictures, then hang with those people.  If you're into the outside world of sports and such, there are groups there for you.  For the mommies... well the options are crazy limitless... I can't even begin.

My point is that there are million places you can spend your time getting bombarded with every person's random thought... it's just nicer to get those random thoughts through a picture.

Won't you try it?  I suggest, if you are blogger... which goes back to my earlier assumption... again sorry... try Instagram for a month, have Instagram share your posts to your Facebook page for your blog, and just see if it makes a difference.  Like me, you might be surprised.


Social Media Challenge - Try Instagram for a month instead of Facebook



Are you on Instagram?  I'd love to check out your vantage of the world, leave me a note and I'll stop by!








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14 comments

  1. I love Instagram, mainly because I'm really nosy and love looking at other people's pictures. I also co-run an Instagram community called #funseekingkids and we got so many gorgeous photos linked up. I'm @burnishedchaos on there if you want to take a look x
    #HappyDaysLinky

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    1. It is easy to be nosy on instagram ;) I'll stop by and check it out

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  2. Love this post! Great ideas for sure :) I'm at thesophiadiariesblog <3

    http://thesophiadiaries.com/top5/top-5-gift-ideas-for-the-father-that-doesnt-want-anything

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  3. I love Instagram, but I am a very verbal person so I don't think I could give up Facebook because I have to have my words as well. But maybe I need to start adding better captions to my Instagram photos to get more out of it. And how do you even join a group on Instagram? There is so much I have to learn!

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    1. So it's much more relaxed... many groups form around hashtags and they form in private group conversations... if you find some people you love interacting with you can form one... if you're really interested, let me know sometime and maybe we'll set one up! and I almost max out my word limit on my captions all the time ;)

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  4. I love Instagram because it doesn't require a lot of words to tell a story. I love storytelling on my blog, but sometimes brevity can be refreshing! I'm over at @oohbother :)

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    1. It is a nice change of pace isn't it! I'll stop over!

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  5. Thank so much for this recommendation! I'm not using Facebook as much as Instagram, because like you mentioned, it's stressful!!! I do find social media stressful and started paying attention to it until almost 6 months ago, when I started blogging. What I'm not doing is posting to Facebook from Instagram! I'll start giving it a try this week! Thanks so much! This was super helpful! :)

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    1. It makes a huge different to just allow Instagram to push your posts to facebook... it's a great option for those who don't want to spend much time on facebook good luck!

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  6. YES! Everything you mentioned is why I like instagram SO much better. :) I have a personal instagram and a blog instagram: here's my blog one - https://www.instagram.com/brandiraaeblog/

    Thanks for linking up with us at Literacy Musing Mondays! I will check your instagram out as well. :)

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    1. I love literacy musing mondays... I just tend to miss it... And I'm loving your instagram

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  7. Marissa,
    This is interesting and makes sense. I have to admit I do very little with Instagram and quite a bit with Facebook. Seems like Instagram is more for phones, whereas Facebook can be mobile or computers. Although Facebook has photos too, it does seem like it's more focused on groups, chats, statuses, etc. Would seem to - in some important ways - target different desires.

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    1. Yes, Instagram is certainly for mobile use - but for many, social media is done on the go now.

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