There is nothing social about social media. Social is having a cup of coffee with your wife at the kitchen table before going to work. Or drinks at the local bar with your friends afterwards. Not sitting at home in front of a computer, giving random updates about your life and commenting on those of others.
The internet and social media sites is not much more than a big anonymous community where people can pretend to be who they want and live a virtual life that is seemingly better than their own. The hard truth is is that if they were to abandon the laptop for a day and actually live their real life, they would find it to be much more fulfilling than anything they have invented online.
The social media industry has grown to epic proportions to the point where it is my understanding that there are now sites that encourage you to post pictures of your daily activities. I think I am much better off not having to see what my friends and family are having for lunch every day.
There are other types of sites popping up and gaining popularity that I am also confused about. What is all this hype about getting paid to stay home and take surveys all day? There are sites, like CashCrate and SwagBucks,that encourage people to do just that. What type of surveys are being conducted? And is a collective group of people who seemingly never get outside really a good pool to gain accurate results? Be wary if this is an idea you have been thinking about. From my understanding there are sites that are not reputable and set up to drain the user’s money, not gather facts.
If you absolutely have to fill your online time with something like a survey site, use one that has a good reputation such as CashCrate and SwagBucks. At least you are off of the social media site and doing something that is halfway productive. Although you could be even more productive if you left your computer desk and went looking for a real job.
Originally intended to be an information super highway that could connect the whole world, the internet has instead become an adult playground. Besides the so called socializing and the survey taking, millions of people are sitting bug-eyed at the screen as they feed their addiction for online games. These games sites and games are making money hand over fist by creating games that make it impossible to win unless you check in with your farm, pet, house, or anything else they can think up every single day. If not, your strawberries will wither, your pet will run away and someone will rob your virtual house. Wouldn’t it just be better to focus your attention on the real things in your life and leave the video games to the kiddies?
For me, life off of the computer is much more fulfilling then the life that can be created in it. For this reason, I am going to finish up my work, power down, and go enjoy some lunch with real live friends, who won’t take pictures of the pastrami.