Sunday, 2 October 2016

Social Media. Should we give it a rest when on holiday?

Many people enjoy interacting on Social Media, whether that is to keep in touch with friends and family, or to see what other folk are getting up to in the outside world.

But here's the question: When you go on holiday - is it right that your should take your Social media activities with you too?

There are people who frown on the idea of taking a vacation, yet continuing with making posts on Facebook, Google+ etc.

Here's our take on the matter...

If part of your Social Media world is managing sites such as Facebook or Twitter for a business in which you're employed, then clearly you should be giving it a rest. A holiday from work is a holiday from work! 

If it's your own business, or you're self-employed, then understandably you may continue to monitor, or even contribute, but perhaps you can cut back - maybe recycle previously used "evergreen" material that still has relevance.

For personal use, with Social Media being something that many do freely out of choice, having that connection removed completely, could leave some feeling as if they're missing something akin to a body part - and that small measure of misery could mar a holiday overall.

So, what's the answer?

We see it as a balance.

Sharing a photo of every meal, or every beer and cocktail drunk, is clearly overdoing it, whereas a snap of the venue or setting is probably okay.

Having a fantastic experience, and being able to post an element of that experience with others far away to appreciate and enjoy, can enhance the moment.

In our view, it is quite possible to travel and enjoy a holiday, without disconnecting entirely from your social media life. Like anything, it's a balance. Do it properly, and don't worry about feeling any guilt!

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