We are in the midst of a social media revolution.
Just a few short years ago everyone was saying, “Your organization needs email and a website.”
Now you’re probably hearing things like, “Your website needs to be dynamic and interactive!”
“You need a blog!”
“You need to engage people on Facebook! Twitter! YouTube! Friendfeed!”
“You need a smart phone so you can check email, update your Facebook status, from anywhere.”
“And if you want to stay ahead of the curve your organization needs its own mobile ap so people can engage with it no matter where they are.”
It can all feel a bit overwhelming, can’t it?
Social Media Anxiety
While social media has enabled us to connect with people like never before, for millions of people it’s causing increased stress and anxiety.
For the most part I feel energized about social media. I’m excited by the thought of connecting with people online, creating and participating in conversations, engaging with new people in new ways.
But at times I feel like I’m missing out on opportunities. I hear the success stories from people who are doing great things through social media – people who are growing their businesses, churches are reaching people in their communities, ministries are raising money and building new ministry partnerships. And I feel like I could do more… want to do more… need to do more.
Then at times I feel like I can’t keep up with all I’m already trying to do – the constant flood of emails, Facebook updates, tweets, blogs to write, comments to respond to, blogs to read.
Biggest Challenge of Our Era?
Social media is affecting our relationships, our time, and our thinking in so many ways that I believe one of the biggest challenges of this era is figuring out how to manage life in this new always-on, always-connected world we now find ourselves. Agree? Disagree?
How are you feeling about your social media engagement these days?
I’m curious to hear if you think this is as big an issue as I do. Take a moment to vote in the new poll in the right sidebar and post a comment.