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Social Media: Friend or Foe?

  • March 28, 2016
  • By Brittany
Social Media: Friend or Foe?

I rarely go on a rant on this site.  I like to keep it a happy and positive place for you to visit, but today I feel like I have no choice.  I had another post scheduled (about Coops!), but that will have to wait.

For a long time, I’ve been disillusioned by Facebook.  For days at a time when I logged on the same post would appear at the top of my feed…for days!  I mean, seriously, is there no other news in anyone else’s life?  Their algorithm was such that posts maintained priority based on their perceived popularity.  It annoyed me.  I was tired of looking at the same photos over and over again from largely the same people and I missed content that I was interested in as a result.

I honestly only use Facebook to post a link to the posts on My Own Balance (necessary evil) and check some of the private groups I’m a part of for relevant information to those groups.  Other than that, I never log on to check my account.  Instead, I spend a lot of time on Instagram.  I love it!  Photo after photo being displayed in my feed.  A feed that I created and curated to my own personal tastes.  I love the visual aspect, the relatively small amount of text and, quite frankly, I think it is inspiring.

Then came the ads.  The ads are the worst.  Frequent and completely unrelated to me, but at least I can hide them!

Now, today, something I can stomach even less.  Instagram is changing its algorithm to make it even more like Facebook.  The posts it thinks will be most popular, most relevant and most interesting to you will be pinned to the top instead of just chronological.  

So why do you care?  Well, I think it stinks that social media companies control what you see and when.  If I follow people, it is because I’m interested in seeing their posts and I’m not necessarily more interested in one person’s posts than another.  I think WE should control what and when we see it, not the social media company.  

And, today my Instagram feed is filled with people asking me to turn on notifications for them so I will get a push notification to my phone every time they post something.  I do not need that!  Needless to say, the entire thing has me bummed out. So…

Readers, what do you think?  Social media: friend or foe?

P.S. I’m a bit late today because Cooper has a fever and I had to take him to the doctor.  I guess it is better to save a post about him for another day when he is feeling better!! 

By Brittany, March 28, 2016
  • Allie
    March 28, 2016

    I have to agree with you on this. I knew the changes were coming to Instagram but it was truly sad to see most of my feed today filled with “turn on notifications!” Very sad.
    I get what they’re trying to do but, for users like us it definitely sucks. I truly feel that social media goes both ways – friend and foe!

    Hoping Cooper is all better and looking forward to the post about him!!

  • Renee
    March 28, 2016

    I’m getting so frustrated with social media showing me what they think I want to see, like Pinterest where I have curated my feed, but now all the recommended pins are destroying it. I really do like social media, but I’m slowly becoming more and more disenchanted with it. I won’t give it up, but I’ll lament with you!

    • FitBritt
      April 13, 2016

      I completely agree! I can’t stand all of the ads and suggested pins. It goes against the point of social media.

  • Marielle
    March 29, 2016

    I have such a love/hate relationship with social media. I hate how facebook doesn’t always allow people to see certain posts if they don’t have a lot of interaction on them…it’s such a game, especially from a business standpoint!!

  • Holly
    April 3, 2016

    I share your thoughts on social media. It has been my self-observation that I now avoid certain social media opportunities because of the difficulty of wading through ads and other items that I did not click in to see or read. It is no longer the “old days” of social media when one had more control over his/her content.

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