I don’t own, I am simply borrowing
So many times, I hear people say things about their Timeline on Facebook or their Twitter account and I have to stop and chuckle. There is such an importance to some so-called ownership of these accounts.
Don’t get me wrong, I have referred to my Facebook account as my “Wall” or my “Threads” and even my “Timeline” like everyone else but lets take a moment to think about it.
Do we really own these accounts? The answer is NO! We take up space. We create this space into what we want it to possible look like the best we can with the tools given us.
All the pictures and quotes and whatever we had for breakfast or how many times in a day we go to bathroom are now ownership of Facebook, Twitter and whatever other social media one uses.
Unless you have a paid account, can you consider it yours? Even then, do you really own it? NO! You are simply renting space, just as if you were paying a host to serve your website.
Eventually, these supposed free sites will begin to charge you a fee to post your nonsense and you will pay it. Why? Because you are addicted to it but more on that later. Facebook, Twitter and even LinkedIn and Youtube aren’t dumb. They know what is going on.
They know they have sucked you in and it’s just a matter of time before they have you hook line and sinker. A real big catch I might add. They will have you. They already do have you. Think about it for a minute. It’s quite comical.
What makes me laugh the most is how we are held hostage by all these social media outlets. They aren’t holding us hostage for our money just yet. Most are free to use. What these social medias are holding hostage is your time.
How many times have you complained on your “Facebook Timeline” or “Twitter” that you just don’t have enough time in the day to accomplish everything you need or want to accomplish? But here you sit, posting about all the nonsense and drama in your live. Really?
The average American spends an average of 3.2 hours per day doing social media. The younger generation (18-24 year olds 3.8 hours) spend more time with social media than the older generations (25-49 year olds 3 hours per day and 50-64 year olds average 2.6 hours).
So when you complain for now on about not having enough time in the day to do what you want to and can’t seem to get anything accomplished, you have no one to blame but yourself. Well, and maybe the addiction of social media craze.
Have we become such a weak society that that simple applications distract us so much that we let the rest of our lives suffer? We have become our worst enemies and our true enemies see all we are doing to ourselves. They are just waiting to for the right opportunity to strike. You wait and see, it’s coming sooner than later.
You also have to know that the privacy you scream to having a right to is the same privacy you are giving up every time you post something about your family, your activities, your job and your life. You bare it all for the world to see. The breakups, the issues with the kids, the financial burdens.
You post it all for the world to see. And yes, you are being watched. You can deny it all you want but you are being watched every moment of every day you are on a social media.
We live in a electronic/digital world where everything is easily recorded. Someone is lurking out there, waiting, using what you are posting and one day, it could come back to haunt you.
You don’t own your social media accounts, they own you! Make a change before it’s too late.
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