To be on social media or not… it’s an individual choice

Two women explain both sides of the coin when it comes to social media...

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I would like to first congratulate all the women for everything they do in life, being mothers, daughters, sisters, wives; I believe every woman is an achiever in her own way.

The power of social media lies in its ability to deliver information with unprecedented speed to a global audience. Like most kinds of power, the inherent risks are congruent with the potential benefits.

Social media is a double-edged sword, it has its positives and negatives, however it all depends on the way we use it.

Some women use it to grow their business, some use it for personal use and some share their daily lifestyles and pictures they love.

Being on social media requires a smart strategy, curated content and creating Interest, sometimes when it is misused; it can be misinterpreted. We have to remember always when something goes online it always stays there even if we delete it.

It is really a personal choice on what and how much we want to share and what not.

It’s all about the confidence and being comfortable to be online, controlling what you share is all about you…

Saba Al Busaidi

General Manager – Viral

 Conscious Choice

I am not on any social media platform. So I am far away from the pings, pokes, likes, dislikes and all the necessary ‘rituals’ associated with social media. Was it a conscious choice? Yes, it was. Five years back, I was addicted to every social media platform you could think of, even LinkedIn. Most of my waking hours were spent scrolling through news feeds, writing on walls and chatting on Messenger, sometimes even to the point of waking up in the middle of the night to check out who’s online. My actions were bizarre to say the least. And not to mention, my performance at the workplace had till a well-meaning friend had me sit down and listen to ‘why I need to slow down’! What she said hit me like a ton of bricks because I also felt my needless fascination for social media would even cost me my job.

Just staying away from Facebook for Twitter wouldn’t work. So I decided to erase my digital footprint slowly. I deactivated my Facebook account and went off Twitter. I learnt to relax during conversations. I also learnt to relax during meals without clicking pictures to post on Instagram.

As I consciously stayed away from social media, my performance levels at work increased. I suddenly realised that I had been ignoring my family all this while and needed to make up for it. I started going out more often and spent quality time with my three kids.

It’s been five years now… am I happy? To a large extent, I am. Don’t get me wrong. I am not against social media – I am just against it taking over lives and disrupting daily routines.

Then what’s the best course when it comes to social media? The key to as everything else, is moderation. Stick to your limits and you can enjoy being on social media.

Umm Yakub