The high and lows of social media continue to confound me! I joined LinkedIn some time ago, and get a huge number of requests to connect now from people who I don’t know personally. Because members on LinkedIn profess it is a ‘professionals’ site. What a load of rubbish!!! So many professionals on LinkedIn must be living under a mushroom.
Call me naive, but I didn’t expect to quite get literally blasted on LinkedIn with requests to buy books or promote services, products and events. LinkedIn is definitely not as professional as members want you to believe.
I’ve been trying to ages to disconnect from many, but have not yet mastered the art of that, and after emailing LinkedIn a number of times about how to do this, and getting no reply, I am now going to have to simply not connect with everyone I do not know personally, even though it is often helpful to us all to connect. As always, it is the few, who make it difficult for the many.
Facebook is another trap, as people with various biases or opinions, join others up in their groups. Initially, ‘un-friending’ someone’ seems rude, but too often they simply want to use or abuse, or, as with LinkedIn, sell a product, book, opinion, or service.
On the other hand, for many people with dementia, not being engaged in social media would mean a very lonely isolated existence, both socially and as far as things like information sharing.
But we are also targets for many people i business, or with hidden agendas.
Being SPAMMED on social media is also rife, and hard to know if someone who is a friend of a friend, is really who they say they are. So, the quandary I am feeling (once again), is should I simply disconnect from all social media, risking deep loneliness, and minimal social contact of any form, or just toughen up Princess, and accept the highs and inevitable lows?
So, social media is a love-hate relationship for me (and many others), but perhaps especially people with dementia. Without it, we would be so desperately lonely we would give up, and yet with it, if we dare to speak up for anything we believe in, we find ourselves being bullied and harassed.
Of course, I will continue to wonder, are people with cancer who speak up for change, being bullied in the same way…