Facebook Fatigue: Do You Have It?

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Social media, Facebook in particular, has seen an amazing rise in popularity over the past few years. And as with anything that gets very popular very quickly, people are beginning to feel burned out. Facebook is no exception to this rule.

Facebook hasn’t exactly helped its own cause, either. Just in its first year as a publicly traded company, the network rolled out many changes – much to the chagrin of users who don’t like the new or different features. These changes often include tweaks to the network’s privacy policy, which has caused an uproar many times.

Here are some reasons that you might be experiencing Facebook fatigue:

Oversharing

Facebook invites people to share every single detail of their lives with the world. While it has certainly opened a door to better communication with friends and family, it has also forced us to learn more about them then we may have ever wanted to know. From political views to bathroom habits, it seems like nothing is safe from Facebook. Seeing this chronic oversharing can make anyone feel burned out from using social networks.

Privacy Concerns

As I mentioned earlier, Facebook changes its structure and subsequently its privacy practices on a pretty regular basis. While users can control their privacy settings (for the most part) Facebook often makes it so that you actually have to go to your settings and change them in order to maintain the level of privacy that you had previously. Many Facebook nay-sayers talk about the network not caring about the privacy of its users – making it hard to protect their online privacy. Are they right?

Too Much Interaction

Being an active user on Facebook forces us to interact with people. While yes, this is the point of social networking, sometimes feeling like we have to respond to comments or post details that we would rather not share can lead to burnout. While yes, you do choose how much you want to put out there, sometimes Facebook can make us feel pressured to put details of our lives into the world that we might not always be comfortable with.

Facebook is an amazing tool for staying in touch, sharing information and photos, and setting up events. It has certainly made a big impact on how we live our lives. But it’s a good idea for each of us to set our own personal boundaries for making social networking a pleasant experience.

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Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.

2 comments
martyinmaui
martyinmaui

I'll admit from the beginning I had a hate/love relationship with Facebook. I've never had the problem of trying to keep separate personal vs business because I don't post personal things on Facebook or any other social media network. Oh, I work to build relationships, and because people want to "know" you I intentionally blur the lines at times, but I'm always aware of where the line is. And yes, I admit I do get tired of people who feel the need to over share but not enough to let it affect my mood because it's just too easy to ignore or hide that nonsense.

patricksplace
patricksplace

In terms of the changes Facebook makes, I think they're dealing with the fact that they'll never make everyone happy. If they never change anything, they're not "cutting edge" and get blasted for not innovating. If they try to innovate, they get blasted for "not leaving things alone".

Perhaps I'm a bit too focused on trying to build an online presence, but at times, I find the whole of it — Facebook, Twitter, ALL of it together — overwhelmingly tiring. Until it's time to do to the next post.