So to start, here's a quick note, I don't hate social media, and I have a bunch of different app accounts, so this is not a grumpy old man post about those young kids and how they are wrecking my lawn.
With that in mind, however, how much is too much?
I can't be the only one who feels like they are always 7 apps behind on the coolness scale, and there's no end in site.
Try talking to a 12 year old and an 18 year old and a 26 year old, and ask them what they are using right now, its all so different, and each will look at each other with the same condescending "ick nobody even uses that anymore" face.
Hell, I have talked with people that are the same age as me, same industry, same office, and they still look at each other with the "who even uses that anymore? everyone uses…" face.
Then there's the other side of the scale, people who avoid social media altogether, for fear of the privacy aspects and I assume the gremlins that may or may not leap out of their phones or tablets at them.
So when looking at this I have started to question, how much is too much? and also whats truly relevant?
As a designer, I need to know what I'm designing for, I need to know how many options I have, and I need to know where my work will be displayed. However as a consumer, I just care about what fits into my life, and I don't care about anything else other than how is this affecting me and my day.
I'm torn lately, as I want to make sure I'm current, and on top of it all, but lord I have no urge to have the latest face messing tool on my phone, or the latest cool message your friends app, I just have no personal need.
I'm truly pondering if I need to simply have a folder for "researching what the kids are doing" on my phone, but then I just feel old as shit.
So for now, I minimize what I truly use in my life, download and investigate when I hear something is neat or cool or lit (sorry, couldn't help myself), and then nuke the account after I'm done picking it apart.
Anyone else have a better method? anyone else just as overwhelmed and interested at the same time?
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