About 10 days ago I was listening to a podcast about digital minimalism. It got me thinking and asking questions about my use of social media and my "smart phone".
Does social media make me more social? Does it help me in business? Am I present when I have my phone with me?
I did not find the answers easy and pondered them and thought about them. I am a people person, so I dived into social media. I post everywhere, I enjoy it, I like reading about others and what they do. I caught up with some old friends through Facebook.
But, did I really have a relationship, or was I just looking in from the outside?
Were they really friends?
The last few days I made a decision, to delete Twitter from my phone and delete my account.
Yesterday, I did the same with Facebook, deleting my business pages and my personal account.
For now I am keeping Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest. Why these? I am still assessing them for now. Will I ever return to Facebook or Twitter - maybe, maybe not, just deactivating my accounts I saw how hard they make it and encourage you that you are free to return in 14 days and resume. Made me think about addicition, if they believe you will want to return within 14 days.
When I am honest with myself I have not seen any business come directly from either Twitter or Facebook. Sure people can find me, and see what my life is like but is that what I really want?
The answer was no, with a capital N. So I cut myself off. I am sure I will reach for my phone and wonder what people are up to, but I can call them and talk with them. Those who live close, I can meet for coffee or a meal. And I know when I am there I WILL BE THERE.
One of ther important things said in the podcast was that just having a smart phone on the table leads to less understanding and much more distraction. We have forgotten how to focus and reach for our phones for distraction all the time.
Since my return from my camino last year, I have been shedding things. I realized I need much less than "the world and the advertisers" have been telling me. Likewise, I don't need social media. I can live without it.
I am free to choose what I listen to or not. I can sit in the quiet, listening to nature and just think and ponder. I can call friends any time I wish.
I am free, I have cut the strings!
So if you want a Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor who is focused and pays attention to your needs whether you are buying or selling a home call me, Nick Vandekar, Selling the Main Line with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543, email Nick@VandekarTeam.com, website www.SellingTheMainLine.com.