Friday, 4 May 2012

Social Media and my attention span



I have to admit it: as a Community Editor, one of the hardest things to do in life is gain my attention.

My mind is a frazzled mess of stats, graphs, charts, status updates, likes, +1’s, Tumbles, Tweets, Pins, Subreddits, Diggs after a day in the office. Not great for my loved ones.

Friends, loved ones and my family must despair of me at times. My obsession is essentially my job, which is a mixed blessing. Sometimes, to my shame, communication on the digital platforms win out over the person sat in front of me.

I try to be mindful of this, as I’m sure many people in my position do. How do I do this? I read a blog on a crowded train or tram. Reading about mindfulness whilst blissfully unaware of what is occurring at that very moment.

I love my job, but sometimes, you do need to step away from it, and see it through your own eyes, and through that of your loved ones. Not through an Instagram lens!

This isn’t a critique of social media - just a reminder that people are at the centre of it, and sometimes the most affective way of communicating is by reaching out to the closest person to you and giving them a big fucking hug.