If you are reading this there is a good chance you have heard or participated in a discussion on the good and bad of social media, and Facebook in particular. Some internet users have very passionate arguments on both ends, but most of us simply want to log on and chat with friends and family.
There are internet users out there who think Facebook is a huge time waster. They argue that because Facebook manipulates news feeds they take advantage of the users, making those users human guinea pigs in Facebook’s marketing and research experiments. There is even a group encouraging users to take 99 days off from Facebook and report back on how they feel after their Facebook vacation has ended. Are users spending too much time on Facebook?
Of course, there have been studies showing that workers who were allowed time to spend online with Facebook and other social media platforms can be more productive than their offline counterparts. So which is right?
Both sides have valid arguments. Do you need to take 99 days off from Facebook? That’s up to you. It very well may be just what some of you need or want. For others, a little moderation is better. For me, I decided to delete the Facebook app from my phone. I am on Facebook all day long for work. It is not necessary for me to be tied in on my drive home from work or when I am out with friends. For me, deleting the app made me feel better about how I was spending my time. But it may not be right for you. Decide for yourself and go with it! And next time you are on Facebook, go and like The Worx Company’s Facebook page, will ya? See you there.
Keely Rowe is the Director of Social Media Marketing with The Worx Company. Keely is a graduate of Texas State University and still thinks it's one of the coolest places to get an education. You can follow her on Twitter.