The other day during our presentation to the Bridge Conference, Roger chided me for writing as much as I do about social media. His point: this is a fundraising blog, after all, so let’s ‘follow the money’ and talk about direct mail and a bit of email fundraising.

Today I’m writing about social media again, but maybe Roger will forgive me for this one. I’m just passing along 9 Reasons to Quit Social Media Now … reasons suggested by Erik Sass, who reports on MediaPost’s social media blog!

Writes Sass: “Enough is enough: I think it’s time to speak up for people who don’t use, or who severely limit their usage, of social media — including myself (I know, it’s funny: a social media blogger who doesn’t like social media). We’re not psychopaths, we may be highly employable, and we have good reasons for not using social media. In our defense, here are nine reasons to rethink your own relationship with social media.”

Erik’s 9 reasons to quit now (each is nicely elaborated in his article) …

  1. It’s a waste of time.
  2. It’s addictive and unhealthy.
    Did you know there’s a Facebook Addiction Scale? Take the test*.
  3. It encourages envy/narcissism.
  4. It takes you away from the real world.
  5. It encourages superficial relationships.
  6. Privacy concerns/unethical business practices.
  7. It can be personally and professionally dangerous.
    Says Sass: “Essentially, the individual user must be 100% sure that he or she has the discipline to neverpost something that is offensive or incriminating — even, say, when they’re drunk or extremely upset or under a lot of stress. That is frankly setting the bar really high for ourselves.”
  8. It’s expected.
    Says Sass: “…it’s disturbing to think that employers are already looking askance at people just because they don’t have social media profiles.”
  9. It’s only going to get worse!

Who wants to rebut?


*Now, more importantly, substitute the words ‘The Agitator’ for ‘Facebook’ and re-take the test. Are you an Agitator addict?



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