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Why I Got Off of Social Media

Posted by farragio on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 Under: healthy living

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by Angela Propes

Like most everyone else, I’ve been on social media for a number of years. First it was MySpace (oh my!), then Twitter, then Facebook, along came Pinterest, and then Instagram. I stopped at Instagram, but the social media keeps on rolling with TikTok and I’m sure countless other platforms that I’ve never even heard of.

Each one starts out as new and fun; connecting with old friends, sharing interests, music, what we had for lunch . . .

But, it’s not long before these platforms start monetizing and for those of us who run businesses it becomes apparent that the only way to get engagement is to pay for it.

I had developed a dislike of social media quite a while back but for my business I felt like I had to keep playing the game. I would post what I hoped were interesting things and hope even more that people would actually see the posts (without having to pay for it). And before I realized it, generating content for these platforms had become a full-time job in itself.

It finally dawned on me; I’m working for these platforms instead of for myself! I’m an entrepreneur running my own business, so why am I spending so much time working to generate income for Facebook or Instagram???

So, I’ve decided to get off of the social media merry-go-round. I enjoy interacting with my customers on a more personal level and feel like my newsletter is the better way to do that. I also enjoy photography and so I’ve created a page here on my website where I can share fun and (hopefully!) interesting moments.

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As a side note, I won’t bore you with statistics but in my research about running a business without social media, I came across an interesting and informative article at Entrepreneur Magazine about the dangers social media can cause to mental and physical health: 5 Dangers of Social Media

I also found in my research that companies like Lush Cosmetics have also gotten off of the social media merry-go-round. Perhaps this is becoming a new movement? Either way, I look forward to putting my efforts towards more personal connections with my customers now that I’m free from social media ❤️.

In : healthy living 

Tags: how to run a business without social media  social media risks  the danger of social media 
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