Should You Quit Social Media in 2013?

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cell phone c. 2010Could you quit social media in 2013?  Should you?  Why?

Should you close your Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest,  LinkedIn*, Foursquare, YouTube, Yelp etc. accounts in 2013?  Should you stop blogging?  Shutter your blog?

J. Maureen Henderson, a contributor to Forbes wrote;

'3 Reasons You Should Quit Social Media In 2013'  The article was posted on Forbes on December 29, 2012.  Her article on Forbes outlines her method first quitting Twitter, then Facebook and then shuttering her blog.  Could you do that?

Henderson wrote "As an experiment, I quit the internet in September."

Should you?  Could you quit social media?  Stop blogging on ActiveRain or a WordPress.org real estate blog?  Is that good career advice for 2013 for anyone in the real estate industry?  While she is not talking to our industry, she is talking to all women... where the article is on Forbes.com?  Or is Henderson only talking to those early in their careers? Henderson says  "I write about early career issues. Pithily" on Forbes.com.  I probably should note I am NOT a big fan of Forbes.com.  I try my darnedest NOT to read their content.  Great headlines. 


Henderson's three reasons you should quit social media in 2013 are:

  1. "It harms your self-esteem
  2. Your blood pressure will thank you
  3. Online is no substitute for offline"

 

"It harms your self-esteem" Social media harms your self-esteem?  Yes, I saw the study last fall too.  It's as good as any excuse if you need one.

There is no way to argue the third one, is there?  But go read Henderson's article about how social media hurts your self-esteem, raises your blood pressure. '3 Reasons You Should Quit Social Media In 2013'

Quitting Social Media vs. quitting the Internet

Henderson did not quit the Internet though... she quit social media.  She is a writer.  She has a presence on the Internet.  J. Maureen Henderson wrote:

"I didn’t stop freelancing or responding to emails, but I dropped social media and my participation in it like a hot potato and I haven’t looked back."


Her "I quit the internet in September" is an exaggeration if her post is on Forbes.com on New Years Eve isn't it?  That .com is a hint she's still on the Internet at the end of 2012.  Isn't it?

Does quitting social media mean a static real estate website is OK for your health (mental and physical)  and relationships?  Just stop using websites that allow you to update quickly (blogs.)

Could you quit social media in 2013


Could you quit social media in 2013?  On Forbes.com  J. Maureen Henderson says "I write about early career issues. Pithily."  

Early career?   Perhaps starting out in any career it is better to not try to juggle Twitter, Facebook, a blog, other social media along with real life employment issues...  She has info in the Forbes article about how few  jobs are posted online.  Did she quit LinkedIn* too? I find no trace of her on LinkedIn. The end of her brief, brief post with a great title talks about job postings and she is writing about early career issues. 

The site her Work with Me link on Forbes links to is a blog...   she does NOT have a blog on the site but it is a content management system  "J. Maureen Henderson | Site designed by Make My Blog Pretty"  It linked to a blog that she stopped posting to abruptly in September 2012.

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Could you quit Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, ActiveRain, other real estate social media  in 2013?  Could you quit cold turkey?  Should You Quit Social Media in 2013?

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Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
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Thanks for all the comments. Sorry I got involved in real life.... 

Take the IMSD course or ePRO if you think social media is too time consuming for the real estate industry. It gets easier.  There are some things you can automate (some experts say you should NOT automate.) 

Make the most of 2013!  See you around.

 

 

 

Jan 02, 2013 12:53 AM #107
Rainer
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Ridhi Raheja
Movement Mortgage (Illinois) - Naperville, IL
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Social Media is a dragging activity... It would kill your productivity if you wouldn't have the discipline to only use it when needed. 

Jan 02, 2013 02:12 AM #108
Rainmaker
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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I wish the TV news would quit social media.  Just try getting through one newscast without the mention of any of those names.  And now we have to sit through a contant barrage of tweets while watching some TV shows, as if we care.  How annoying is that!  If you can't beat them, join them.  Social media is not going to go away just because we ignore it.

Jan 02, 2013 03:38 AM #109
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

National news?  Local news?  I am not sure I see that here, Georgina.

Jan 02, 2013 05:29 AM #110
Rainmaker
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Karen Pannell
Real Living / Home Realty - Owensboro, KY
Owensboro KY Real Estate -270-903-2167 Homes, Cond

I think J. Maureen is smoking some wacky weed!  Last year, at our Real Living Conference we had a speaker who did her thesis on Social Marketing.  She said the number one reason people love Social media is personal expression.  Whoever came up with the stat that it lowers self esteem is smoking WW too!  It seems to me it would benefit the traditional print media guys ( Like Forbes Magazine - however you would think they would have diversified by now) to discredit social media . . .hmm?  Anyway, I find it beneficial personally and professionally.  So much so that I will be preaching it next week to our sales staff!  Thanks for the great post!

Jan 03, 2013 04:29 AM #111
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Virginia (Ginger) Schott
Century 21 Geba Realty Assoc. - Port Jervis, NY
Assoc. Broker, CBR, CHMS

Quit Social Media. no way, It's how I stay in contact with family across the country and my business would be hurt without it.

Jan 03, 2013 05:48 AM #112
Rainmaker
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Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Maureen ~ For some reason social media puts a thicker skin on people? Don't misunderstand it's intentions, gathering and sharing but sometimes in a cruel and unusual way. It's frightfully addicting and misused by many sad to say..
Jan 03, 2013 06:56 AM #113
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Jennifer Green
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Gilbert, AZ

I just don't think I could but then again I am not totally addicted.  I enjoy it but can stay away for awhile if needed.  I like keeping up even with the people I do not know that well or have not kept up with.  I also try to avoid controversial issues on social media.  Great post.

Jan 03, 2013 08:21 AM #114
Rainmaker
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Pete Xavier
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Interesting post, just getting started here this year.

Full steam ahead soon.

Jan 03, 2013 08:26 AM #115
Rainmaker
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Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
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It wouldn't matter to me one way or another, I can take it or leaveit

Jan 03, 2013 10:14 AM #116
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Valerie M. Blake
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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I guess my question is should I start using social media in 2013.  Other than blogging more often (which has been on my list of New Year's resolutions for years), I'm still not convinced of the value of social media in my practice. 

Jan 03, 2013 10:27 PM #117
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
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Thanks all for the comments.  Remember although I asked you the question, J. Maureen (the contributor to Forbes.com)  is talking career to younger women (20s and 30s) in any industry.  Time is just a third of her three and then it is to spend the time face to face rather than online. Duh. We have beat the time thing to death here in the comments (and in most posts on AR.) Thanks.  

Karen's comment #113 made me laugh.  I think J. Maureen's thing is posturing as a hipster.  Maybe it's not posturing.  Perhaps it comes natural to her. The blog she "shuttered" was called GenerationMeh.com do you know what "meh"  is?  Meh is not caring. Not caring in a cool, knowing way?  I have read and reread the last post on it and have no clue what it says.

Frank or Karen #115 wrote: ~ For some reason social media puts a thicker skin on people? 

Does it? 

Jan 04, 2013 12:11 AM #118
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Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Maureen ~ Karen wrote the comment. Thicker skin applies easily here in Active Rain. Some "posts" are ... opinionated ?? (To say the least)

 

Jan 06, 2013 02:02 AM #119
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
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Thanks...  I guess I have run into my share of opinionated people here.

 

Jan 06, 2013 02:15 AM #120
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Maureen I told you this  post would be controversial:))

Jan 07, 2013 04:00 PM #121
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Paddy Deighan JD PhD
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there are a lot of reasons that people could or should quit social media in 2013....for me, it is a valuable tool and I use it 90% for business and that is the real benefit of it

Jan 07, 2013 04:11 PM #122
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Endre Huh? I don't see any controversy... about 100+/- AR members checked in to say "yay" or "nay" to quitting social media.   Or that they don't... except AR is social media and there are buttons here to share content via sm.  I think this post just gives people a place to say they like it*, they do it* right, others do it* wrong, or they'd like it* to go away because it* takes time.

* social media or the Internet

My old friend Maureen Francis (Metro Detroit real estate agent) posted a link to the original Forbes.com post by J. Maureen on Google+ recently asking if the absurd post (on the Internet about quitting the Internet) should be tweeted, shared on Facebook, etc.  I feel for the people who don't see the irony but you probably have to click on the link and think to get the joke.

Here's a snip:

Shares of the Forbes.com post about quitting social media

6700 shares on Facebook? 3300 shares on Twitter? Almost 800 on LinkedIn.com... 

She's automated it. Why should she blog, tweet, etc.

Thanks Paddy

Jan 07, 2013 10:56 PM #123
Rainmaker
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Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Very Interesting... I have no intentions of quitting... I think my pressure would raise if I did...

Jan 14, 2013 04:02 AM #124
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

pressure?  blood pressure?

Jan 15, 2013 06:41 AM #125
Rainmaker
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Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

yes you should quit it all, its no good for business and you seem to hate it

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