Bombarded!

Every few days my wife turns to me and asks if I saw something particular about one of our friends or acquaintances on Facebook. Although it’s usually something I’m interested in and wish I’d seen, I have to admit to her that–as usual–I failed to see it.

Facebook is a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends and family and to make new friends. I can’t deny that. Nor can I express anything but appreciation for the friends from many years past that I’ve caught up with on Facebook–people I wouldn’t have had any chance of locating and catching up with otherwise.

Whether they’re  former students or co-workers, people I used to know from former churches, or even a friend I’d gone on a mission trip to Australia with but had lost total contact with, my life would be vastly less interesting.

Maybe even lonelier.

So why don’t I pay more attention to Facebook?

Before I try to answer that, I need to admit that I’m that way about other electronic media, too. I have a Pinterest account. A LinkedIn account as well. Originally I posted some pictures on Pinterest, but now I totally ignore it. If I get a contact request from LinkedIn, I’m apt to confirm it. After all, my blog posts go there, and those people are potential readers of my books. Otherwise, why am I there?

And Twitter? Oh, wow! I don’t know why many of the people who choose to follow me do so, but I’ve met a few really interesting people that way. Sure is embarrassing, though, to admit to someone who’s apparently well known that I’ve never heard of them before. Only a few of the people I follow back respond, and I can’t think of more than one or two Tweeters whose names I can even remember. Nope, Twitter gets ignored, too.

But email is the biggie. I normally get several hundred messages a day–and that’s not counting the ones that automatically go to the Junk folder. When I check email, I typically “Select All” and then go down the list, unchecking those I’m really going to have to look at. I delete the ones that are still checked–and that’s apt to be 80-90% of them–and THEN read the few that are left.

Please don’t think I hate people, even though I might sound that way. Some of you have read the post I wrote about being an introvert. Not a shy introvert, but one who tires easily from being around more than a handful of people, and those people must be close to me at that. When I’m in a crowd, I can’t wait to escape.

I think that’s why I feel the way I do about electronic media. In my solitary lifestyle–I’m home by myself most of the day–I’m not apt to seek electronic company. Being bombarded with it is just too much. It’s apt to tire me just as much as being among a crowd of “real” people.

But I do enjoy the company of the select few.

I receive Facebook notices in my email, and I don’t mind those, no matter who they’re from. In fact, I’m happy to respond to them. But at least those are things that relate to me personally.

If I weren’t an author who’s always seeking more readers, I wouldn’t feel under such pressure to deal appropriately with the social media. Although we’re advised not to use the e-media just to make sales pitches, publishers expect authors to have a huge number of media followers.

What about you? Is keeping up with email and social media too much, too? Do you feel bombarded? How about leaving a comment?

NOTE: Various people have complained about not being able to find or leave comments. Go all the way to the bottom of this post, beneath my “Best regards, Roger.” On the very bottom line of that last section just above the previous post you’ll see “Leave a Comment” if yours will be the first or “X Comments,” where  X denotes the number of existing comments.

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Best regards,
Roger

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6 thoughts on “Bombarded!

  1. I’m with you, Roger! In fact, if it weren’t for the fact that we’re both authors and somewhat bound to be visible on social media, I imagine we’d both be just as content to forget about it! I know I would. FB has its wonderful side, and I too love making contact with old friends, but the constant bombardment is frazzling. Blessings to you!

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  2. Roger, I might not mind social media as much if I understood all of it. I can do instagram as it is very easy. FB is a piece of cake, but Twitter and even Pinterest? I’m still a WIP. One day, I hope to have mastered all of these. I will never be in the same league as folks like our good friend, the director of BRMCWC, Edie Melson. I do love hearing from friends and seeing what you all are up to and new things you’ve written. I like to support you by purchasing your books. So do keep in touch.

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  3. There is too much media in the world, as there is too much information. Remember, information is not knowledge as acquaintances are not friends. I personally love Facebook because it helps me get in touch with people I would never see in my daily routine. You, for instance. It is so much more interesting than the misguided news reports. I have completely stopped watching television and get my news helter-skelter from conversations and posts on facebook. Most news is just downright lies. So why bother? As a journalist, I can attest to the fact that news nowadays is absolutely biased and not worth looking at.

    The most important thing for me nowadays is keeping in touch with people. Especially being out here on a limb in Colombia, I never get to partake of activities most folks take for granted. So, Yes, I’m all for social media.

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