Social Media is a Good Distraction

I don’t know about you, but I’ve wasted countless hours back in the good ol days of highschool, playing One Slime…as well as candystand mini golf and the other simple games that weren’t blocked by the school.

Now don’t try to tell me that employees weren’t wasting their time playing stupid games too.

Distractions on the internet have existed as long as the internet.

Today, our distraction is social media.  In college, I couldn’t go through a single day without checking up on facebook.  Today, if I go a day without twitter, I start to get dizzy and forget where I am.

Not so bad though if you ask me.  Compared to spending hours trying to beat that damn “Big Blue Boss” and his evil minion, the “Psycho Slime”, spending time throughout the day connecting with friends and strangers, sharing valuable or entertaining content, and spreading ideas seems like a big step in the right direction.

Perhaps companies shouldn’t be looking to eliminate the distraction that is social media.  By distraction standards, social media is a blessing.  Perhaps they should start looking into how they can use it to help the company.

pwned.

One Fell Swoop Mentality

Photo cred: Chewy Chua
Photo cred: Chewy Chua

How can we prevent global warming?  How can we stop pollution?  How do you eliminate world hunger?

One step at a time.

You can’t solve any of these problems with one idea, or one event, but doing a little bit or taking it one step at a time, will help us get closer to solving them.

Creating a new pizza box, won’t stop the chopping down of trees…but it will help us lower our reliance on them.  It will be a step to a solution.

There tends to be a “one fell swoop” mentality in social media. Businesses want to build a presence online, people want to gain a large following on social networks, bloggers want to get more comments, etc… and there’s an unreasonable need for immediacy.

Sometimes you’ll hear about those that were able to succeed in what seemed like “one fell swoop”.  Don’t let the “success stories” fool you, because they either got really lucky, or put in a lot more work than you think.

Take your time, approach your problems strategically and don’t rush for results.  You’ll find that you learn a lot more when you take the proper steps to a solution, rather than trying to find shortcuts.