Seven Signs You Need a Social Media Sabbatical - Social Media Explorer
Seven Signs You Need a Social Media Sabbatical
Seven Signs You Need a Social Media Sabbatical
by
Kat French
Kat French

There are a lot of challenges in working with social media: helping clients understand the space, finding smart and meaningful ways to employ social technologies, and measuring the effectiveness of your efforts, for example.  One big and often-discussed issue is how the “always on” aspect of social media can lead to burnout. 

Do you need a social media sabbatical?  Here are a few telltale signs that could mean you need to take a break and get some perspective:

1. You preface everyone’s name with “@” in real life in the same way some Jeopardy freaks answer everything in the form of a question.

2. Your friend starts a blog to announce that she’s engaged/divorced/adopted a child, because she’s realized that RSS is the most reliable way to communicate with you. 

3. You can’t recall whether a recent conversation took place on Twitter, a message board, or in blog comments.  Face-to-face never even occurs to you as an option.

4. All the various auto-posting services you’ve subscribed to have created a continuing loop that threatens to create a wormhole which may possibly consume the internet. 

5. You criticize your spouse for checking his Facebook account while driving… on Facebook. 

6. You have to declare feed reader and email bankruptcy so often, you’ve effectively unsubscribed from everything. 

7. Instead of your planner, you check your Twitter stream to see when your last hair/dentist/doctor’s appointment was, because it’s a more reliable source. 

This list is all in good fun. (Mostly.  I’ll be honest, at least four of these has actually happened to me.  I’m not saying which four.)  

But the truth is, sometimes you do need a break.  We tend to get like preschoolers who get cranky because they won’t go to sleep, afraid they might miss something. 

But trust me, almost anything you miss by dropping out of social media for a while is not that important.  If it is, the news will make it’s way to you eventually the old fashioned way.

And what you may be missing in the real world won’t wait for you.

About the Author

Kat French
Kat French is the Client Services and Content Manager at SME Digital. An exceptional writer, Kat combines creativity with an agile, get-it-done attitude across a broad range of experience in content strategy, copywriting, community management and social media marketing. She has worked with national brands like Maker's Mark, Daytona Beach Tourism, CafePress and more.
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  • Cool article. I couldn't agree with you more; there's nothing quite the same as “switching off” and taking a break. I'm often surprised how many people engage on twitter and Facebook while on holiday. Truth be told I'd do the same if I didn't leave my mobile at home.

  • Cool article. I couldn't agree with you more; there's nothing quite the same as “switching off” and taking a break. I'm often surprised how many people engage on twitter and Facebook while on holiday. Truth be told I'd do the same if I didn't leave my mobile at home.

  • Cool article. I couldn't agree with you more; there's nothing quite the same as “switching off” and taking a break. I'm often surprised how many people engage on twitter and Facebook while on holiday. Truth be told I'd do the same if I didn't leave my mobile at home.

  • So true! I need an intervention

  • So true! I need an intervention

  • So true! I need an intervention

  • funny signs on Social Media burnout , I remember when Melody of Digg said in real life she needs to delete her food instead of eat, heh.

  • funny signs on Social Media burnout , I remember when Melody of Digg said in real life she needs to delete her food instead of eat, heh.

  • funny signs on Social Media burnout , I remember when Melody of Digg said in real life she needs to delete her food instead of eat, heh.

  • KatFrench

    I'm afraid so. Or if you regularly introduce yourself by your @ Twitter name at parties…

  • KatFrench

    I'm afraid so. Or if you regularly introduce yourself by your @ Twitter name at parties…

  • KatFrench

    Yup. And usually, when one is finding balance, part of the process is swinging back and forth a bit till you find a good center of gravity, and a position you can maintain.

  • KatFrench

    Yup. And usually, when one is finding balance, part of the process is swinging back and forth a bit till you find a good center of gravity, and a position you can maintain.

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  • KatFrench

    I think we not only can say Twittervention, we probably should say it. Way more often. ;-)

  • KatFrench

    I think we not only can say Twittervention, we probably should say it. Way more often. ;-)

  • KatFrench

    ROFL!! I may have been doing that and not even REALIZING it till now.

  • KatFrench

    ROFL!! I may have been doing that and not even REALIZING it till now.

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  • Uh oh. So if I refer to people by their @ Twitter names–that's bad, right?

  • Uh oh. So if I refer to people by their @ Twitter names–that's bad, right?

  • Uh oh. So if I refer to people by their @ Twitter names–that's bad, right?

    • KatFrench

      I'm afraid so. Or if you regularly introduce yourself by your @ Twitter name at parties…

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  • Great post. It's funny because its true. I've gone through phases of wanting to do very little with social media to now finally coming back again. Its a matter of balance – like anything else.

  • Great post. It's funny because its true. I've gone through phases of wanting to do very little with social media to now finally coming back again. Its a matter of balance – like anything else.

  • Great post. It's funny because its true. I've gone through phases of wanting to do very little with social media to now finally coming back again. Its a matter of balance – like anything else.

    • KatFrench

      Yup. And usually, when one is finding balance, part of the process is swinging back and forth a bit till you find a good center of gravity, and a position you can maintain.

  • Tannim

    9. If you limit every sentence to 140 characters out of habit.

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    9. If you limit every sentence to 140 characters out of habit.

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    9. If you limit every sentence to 140 characters out of habit.

    • KatFrench

      ROFL!! I may have been doing that and not even REALIZING it till now.

  • Tannim

    8. If your Crackberry's home page is facebook, myspace, etc, you lose it and hyperventilate panic…

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    8. If your Crackberry's home page is facebook, myspace, etc, you lose it and hyperventilate panic…

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  • Hi Kat,

    After I described one friend's birthday plans as “basketball, basketball, basketball (kids games), and cupcakes,” another friend suggested I was spending too much time on Twitter. Can you say Twittervention? But all kidding aside, thanks for the reminder that it's useful to go offline every once in a while.

    Best,
    Daria

  • Hi Kat,

    After I described one friend's birthday plans as “basketball, basketball, basketball (kids games), and cupcakes,” another friend suggested I was spending too much time on Twitter. Can you say Twittervention? But all kidding aside, thanks for the reminder that it's useful to go offline every once in a while.

    Best,
    Daria

  • Hi Kat,

    After I described one friend's birthday plans as “basketball, basketball, basketball (kids games), and cupcakes,” another friend suggested I was spending too much time on Twitter. Can you say Twittervention? But all kidding aside, thanks for the reminder that it's useful to go offline every once in a while.

    Best,
    Daria

    • KatFrench

      I think we not only can say Twittervention, we probably should say it. Way more often. ;-)

  • warzabidul

    Twitter really has changed. It's had a 900% growth in a year or so. Means that a lot of new people are changing the nature of twitter.

  • warzabidul

    Twitter really has changed. It's had a 900% growth in a year or so. Means that a lot of new people are changing the nature of twitter.

  • KatFrench

    I'm glad to hear you had a good sabbatical. Truthfully, you probably have a good point that for some folks, just dropping out of one or two high-volume services, like Twitter, would probably be a sufficient break. :)

  • KatFrench

    I'm glad to hear you had a good sabbatical. Truthfully, you probably have a good point that for some folks, just dropping out of one or two high-volume services, like Twitter, would probably be a sufficient break. :)

  • KatFrench

    Funny! I think I've heard a few people do that, or alternately “OMG,” around here….

  • KatFrench

    Funny! I think I've heard a few people do that, or alternately “OMG,” around here….

  • KatFrench

    Thanks, Keith! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

  • KatFrench

    Thanks, Keith! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  • Haha. Fun.

  • Haha. Fun.

  • Haha. Fun.

  • Similar to #1: my daughter admits she speaks the phrase, “LOL” in conversation with her friends in real life.

  • Similar to #1: my daughter admits she speaks the phrase, “LOL” in conversation with her friends in real life.

  • Similar to #1: my daughter admits she speaks the phrase, “LOL” in conversation with her friends in real life.

    • KatFrench

      Funny! I think I've heard a few people do that, or alternately “OMG,” around here….

  • warzabidul

    I took a social media sabatical and it felt really good. what I love is that in fact just not using twitter was enough to really change how I see the social media as a whole. i've seen how twitter has become secondary now. I've also started using other tools much more.

  • warzabidul

    I took a social media sabatical and it felt really good. what I love is that in fact just not using twitter was enough to really change how I see the social media as a whole. i've seen how twitter has become secondary now. I've also started using other tools much more.

  • warzabidul

    I took a social media sabatical and it felt really good. what I love is that in fact just not using twitter was enough to really change how I see the social media as a whole. i've seen how twitter has become secondary now. I've also started using other tools much more.

    • KatFrench

      I'm glad to hear you had a good sabbatical. Truthfully, you probably have a good point that for some folks, just dropping out of one or two high-volume services, like Twitter, would probably be a sufficient break. :)

      • warzabidul

        Twitter really has changed. It's had a 900% growth in a year or so. Means that a lot of new people are changing the nature of twitter.

  • Keith Reedy

    Great posting! Very funny. My favorite: “4. All the various auto-posting services you’ve subscribed to have created a continuing loop that threatens to create a wormhole which may possibly consume the internet”

  • Keith Reedy

    Great posting! Very funny. My favorite: “4. All the various auto-posting services you’ve subscribed to have created a continuing loop that threatens to create a wormhole which may possibly consume the internet”

  • Keith Reedy

    Great posting! Very funny. My favorite: “4. All the various auto-posting services you’ve subscribed to have created a continuing loop that threatens to create a wormhole which may possibly consume the internet”

    • KatFrench

      Thanks, Keith! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

  • KatFrench

    I've blocked out some time today JUST to go through my email and drop every non-essential subscription. Just the stuff I need for client work alone fills up my inbox most mornings–better to proactively unsubscribe than to drown in emails. (Or feeds!)

  • KatFrench

    I've blocked out some time today JUST to go through my email and drop every non-essential subscription. Just the stuff I need for client work alone fills up my inbox most mornings–better to proactively unsubscribe than to drown in emails. (Or feeds!)

  • KatFrench

    Exactly, Guillaume! When you can't see outside the bounds of “the social media fishbowl” you're useless as a marketer. :) Thanks for the comment.

  • KatFrench

    Exactly, Guillaume! When you can't see outside the bounds of “the social media fishbowl” you're useless as a marketer. :) Thanks for the comment.

  • KatFrench

    It's easy to get sucked into the vortex, isn't it? It's always good to remind folks to come up for air every now and again and book a little ACTUAL facetime. :)

  • KatFrench

    It's easy to get sucked into the vortex, isn't it? It's always good to remind folks to come up for air every now and again and book a little ACTUAL facetime. :)

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    krissy knox :)
    follow me on twitter:
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    follow me on twitter:
    http://www.twitter.com/iamkrissy

    • KatFrench

      I've blocked out some time today JUST to go through my email and drop every non-essential subscription. Just the stuff I need for client work alone fills up my inbox most mornings–better to proactively unsubscribe than to drown in emails. (Or feeds!)

  • Really funny list! However I would say that you have a point when you encourage people to take some hindsight because as social media are really addictive you (we) can lose perspective of things and then we are no use as marketers.

  • Really funny list! However I would say that you have a point when you encourage people to take some hindsight because as social media are really addictive you (we) can lose perspective of things and then we are no use as marketers.

  • Really funny list! However I would say that you have a point when you encourage people to take some hindsight because as social media are really addictive you (we) can lose perspective of things and then we are no use as marketers.

    • KatFrench

      Exactly, Guillaume! When you can't see outside the bounds of “the social media fishbowl” you're useless as a marketer. :) Thanks for the comment.

  • This is a fun article, we can not forget face to face is still the best communication!
    Dr. Wright
    The Wright Place TV Show
    http://www.wrightplacetv.com
    http://www.twitter.com/drwright1

  • This is a fun article, we can not forget face to face is still the best communication!
    Dr. Wright
    The Wright Place TV Show
    http://www.wrightplacetv.com
    http://www.twitter.com/drwright1

  • This is a fun article, we can not forget face to face is still the best communication!
    Dr. Wright
    The Wright Place TV Show
    http://www.wrightplacetv.com
    http://www.twitter.com/drwright1

    • KatFrench

      It's easy to get sucked into the vortex, isn't it? It's always good to remind folks to come up for air every now and again and book a little ACTUAL facetime. :)