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