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Why going off the social media grid was so good for me


Social media has seemingly made everyone paranoid about social networks. Whether you are trying to get more followers on Twitter, friends on Facebook, connections on LinkedIn, build you Google+ circles, increase your share price on Empire Avenue, get a new badge on Foursquare or you are trying to increase your Klout score - the social media has become a 'pressured' environment to be in.
I know people that worry and stress over these stats - every day!. They get updates sent to their inbox to check on the latest numbers. They systematically go through and analyse why someone unfollows them on Twitter, or sells their  their shares in them on Empire Avenue. [I am sure the therapists have already got this tagged as an illness!!]

Now, I am certainly not at this extreme, after all I have been on some of these platforms for a good few years and have worked on the organic approach to developing my networks. I am aware of my 'numbers' and I do check the unfollowers list every few weeks - primarily just to see how many 'keyword following bots' there are in operation.

But in the big scheme of things they are not important, right?

Earlier this summer, I made the step to disconnect from the social world for a week. I went on holiday and made the decision to go 'off-grid' for the week.

I didn't blog, tweet or even look at the social networks during that week.

Did the world come to an end? Did all my social networks suddenly collapse without me? Did anyone miss my tweets, blogs or social updates for the week?

>>> The answer was a resounding NO!!!

Wow! I disconnected for a whole week …………………… and you know what ………….. it was brilliant!!

It felt strange at first, involuntarily reaching for the iPhone to tweet, or check-in, but I found the experience liberating. I stepped outside the social media bubble.

When I came back from holiday, I deliberately stayed low key, just posting and updating when I felt like it - and if I missed a few days without a blog post - so what!

But as social media is so intrinsically linked to my work in recruitment, it was obvious that 'normal social media service' would quickly resume. Anyway, why wouldn't it - I really enjoy the social media world both at work and at home.

I learnt a big lesson (probably for my sanity!)  - by disconnecting and completely stepping back from social media like I did, it has allowed me to re-connect again with people online with a fresh perspective and outlook on the world of social media.
It also helped me (in a strange way) look at social media from the perspective of all the 'non-believers' and social newbies. We are all living in the social media bubble in some shape or form, whether we like it or not, as mainstream media are now now intertwined in Twitter, Facebook etc

Maybe it was just the holiday that I needed, maybe it was going off-grid, but either way it has provided me with a fresh look at what is important (or not) in my social media world.


Have you disconnected and gone 'off-grid' yet? If not, I dare you to do it - after all what have you got to lose - a tweet or two?

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  • Katie

    I recently went on holiday too and was unable to access twitter, facebook, the internet or email due to data faults with my network but it was actually so lovely to ‘escape’ and just relax with no pressure or monitoring or tweeting or replying - finally felt like had a ‘real’ break and for once I wasn’t ‘always on’ it was nice. I am back now and straight back on it but I definitely appreciated the break.

  • Jaccov

    Welcome back Andy!

  • CloudNineRec

    Good observations Andy.

    I unintentionally went `off-grid` last week. I went to Anglesey in North Wales. They are unequipped with wifi and 3G, and it made for a very relaxing week.
    I couldn’t stop working completely, so had a cottage with wifi built in - for evening catch up emails, organising interviews, etc - but barely touched the social networks all week, apart from having a bit of fun with Foursquare where it let me!!
    But you’re right - there was something totally liberating about stepping away for a week. On a normal day my work absolutely depends on it.

    As for those with a stats & status addiction… here’s the irony - I went quiet but my Klout score remained constant!! haha.
    …except my topics of influence moved from `Social media` and `recruitment & staffing`… to `Sea`.

    Perfect. Social Media IS bloody smart!!

  • Alcartwright

    I’ve just come back from 2 weeks holiday. Although I still kept in touch with my emails and made a few calls, I purposely avoided any interaction with Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook.

    I didn’t miss them at all! In fact ignoring them made my holiday even more enjoyable.

    Realised that actually I use and interact with social media, primarily for work purposes and not socially.

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