So, why did I delete these accounts, other than wanting to be in unity with my family perspectives?
To explain this, let's take a look at my reasoning for using social media in the first place. I started using it to promote my blog, and my various multimedia endeavours. While this was a legitimate part of why I did this, I think, it was also partly an excuse to use social media.
The two following things led me to deleting my accounts;
Firstly, when I looked at my online traffic statistics, I found the amount of people checking out my site because of social media referrals was negligible.
Secondly, when it came to how distracting these sites were, I didn't need any stat trackers to tell me about this. The amount of time simply wasted on these sites was outrageous, compared to the petty amount of traffic I received in exchange. If you are looking to use social media to market your work, I don't think it's worth the time and privacy you sacrifice in the process. Unless you find a simple automated process that requires little of your personal information, virtually no time to set up, no maintenance and the ultimate security, it's not worth it! I'm not really sure something like this exists out there.
Even before my Dad brought up the social media issue, I had begun to notice the negative affects on me as a writer, and especially on my blog, the very site I hoped to promote. When you can quickly post things you are thinking about on social media, the temptation comes easily to write out your thoughts there, in a condensed form. How many great seeds have you and I wasted, by planting them in the shallow ground of social media, when we could have kept them to ourselves a little longer, and cultivated them into a full-fledged blog post, short story or book?
In addition to stunted writing growth, wasted time and lack of privacy, social media has the tendency to try to redefine our priorities. Do you find it easier to share your thoughts and feelings 'with the internet', than with the people you know face to face? If so, I think you need to cut off your social media at its roots.
You may be hesitant to leave all your internet friends behind, but realistically, if the term “friend” can truly apply to any of them, then they would still be willing to converse with you using email or even more appropriate means. If they would only be willing to communicate with you using a specific website, then they can't be much of a friend.
Another huge downside of social media is the marketing. Social media is a marketers jungle gym. Just like a real jungle gym, it may be fun, but it's not very productive. (Unless you are a multi-level-marketer, trying to make your money by compelling your 'friends' to do the work for you, using them to post things on sites, so you can gain.) You may be following various brands right now on social media. But have you asked yourself why? Is there really anything they offer you? The fact that social media can convince some of us to voluntarily follow accounts that send us commercials, is reason enough to question what it is doing to our minds! Remember television, and the onslaught of commercials that captured generations? Now marketers have figured out a way to pollute what was once a 'haven of freedom from advertising programming'. The only way to shut them off is to shut them out!
Perhaps you are the marketer in this equation, trying to share your ideas. If you were honest with yourself, are you really making much headway using social media? How many people can you confirm, bought your product because of your 'brilliant Tweet'? I believe that if you spend your time making a quality product, instead of fooling around on social media, the sales will eventually start to roll in.
So there you have it, a few reasons why I deleted my social media accounts, and why I think you should too. If you are not concerned about the issues of privacy, security, wasted time, unproductive marketing, being used by others, watered down writing skills, and misplaced priorities, than perhaps, that lack of concern itself, is the biggest reason you should delete your accounts too.