Social Media Schizophrenia! Do You Have It?
Has your iPhone become your iCrack? Three ways to keep yourself from becoming a Social Media Sybil!
Staying in touch with you girls is priority # 1 for me! I have this column on BettyConfidential which I love, but I find myself many times during the day thinking, “I have found the new miracle product! I must let everyone know immediately! Should I go to Twitter? No! Facebook first. But which one? Regular or Fan Page? Wait I have a message on Linkedin! Wait! Someone wants me on YELP! Oh, my iPhone is buzzing! But which of my e-mail addresses is needing my attention?”
Oh my Lord and Taylor! STOP!!!! I take a breath and think, “Do I need Social Media therapy? Has my iPhone become iCrack? Knowing you girls, I figured if I was experiencing this, you must be too! All this stress is going to give me a zit!” So I reached out to Social Media Guru and Futurist Jason Rockwood for therapy. He’s a gorgeous brainiac with a Masters degree from MIT on this very subject! He’ll help us my pretties!
When I called Jason he started laughing and said, “Everyone I know is experiencing this Harvey! You are not alone! Facebook, Twitter, and websites like BettyConfidential have changed the way the average user communicates and consumes information. They’re all great! But with so many social networks now available, it can be hard to keep up with them!”
Then he said, “Harvey, you have Social Media Schizophrenia.”
Awkward silence. Did Jason just call me Sybil? The girl played by Sally Fields with eight personalities? He could tell by my expression that this wasn’t sitting well with me. He laughed and said, “Social Media Schizophrenia will be one of the biggest trends for 2011. So as usual you’re a trend setter! SMS is the sense that your identity is being fragmented by all these social networks.”
Me: “Tell me more oh wise social Media Guru!”
Jason told me that he himself has the same dilemma and has developed three ways to avoid SMS and maintain his global contact without driving himself crazy to get it exactly right!