Most of my friends don’t blog. Few of my family members use social media. My husband has vowed to never join Twitter or Facebook. (And my kids are too young to participate!)
The result? I’m a social media loner.
And those of us who are loners need to think through our options.
Option #1 Beg Your Family and Friends to Join You
You’re a constant nag. You frequently beg your family and friends to join the blogging world. You apply peer pressure and say things like “You don’t know what you’re missing out on!” and “When are you going to join the 21st Century?”
Option #2 Hide Your Social Media Use
Nagging hasn’t worked. You’re tired of begging, so you simply act like you’re not a social media junkie. You downplay (or hide) your online activity -- “I’m just finishing up some work again. Me? Blogging again? Of course not!”
Option #3 Set Boundaries
Your family and friends think you’ve gone mad. They’ve attempted an intervention. So you set some serious boundaries. You turn off your blog on the weekends. You don’t Tweet at the dinner table. And even though you miss out on a few posts, it’s worth the trade off.
Option #4 Live in Two Worlds
You’re comfortable in your social media skin. Hey, it’s just another part of your life. You let your family and friends know that, while they are welcome to join you, they will never be replaced by your online world. You choose to lead an “integrated” life.
Are you a social media loner? If so, what are your coping mechanisms?
Have a good weekend!