It's been a while since I posted y'all. Lots of life changes on the horizon. This Mercury Retrograde has really pushed me to really get clear on what direction I want to move in next given what resources I have in the present moment. To be quite frank, I've been mulling over the INFJ/ENTP shadow function personality thing for a few months, and I think I'm finally at a point where I've emotionally processed what I needed to process, and ready to take the next step. There were many things I believed about myself that were simply not true -- and while I may have known these on a sub/unconscious level, retaking the MBTI and getting the "ENTP" result (consistently now, for a while) really forced me to be true to who I really am, instead of playing a part.
This I know for sure -- I have never felt more "myself" in my entire life.
Maybe it's this whole ENTP thing, maybe it's turning 30, maybe I don't need a maybe...but this just feels RIGHT. This feels like the place I've been seeking since -- quite frankly, my adolescent years.
I finally feel like I'm not striving to be who I'm expected to be and free to be who I really am.
And so, part of this process is reassessing my digital presence and aligning to the platforms and business models I support as a content creator and putting in the work to be more CONSISTENT. Facebook (and consequently Instagram) has been on the hit list for a while now, and if anything, at this point, I think social media is ready for something new.
Facebook, in particular, has been, and will continue to be on the decline, independent of the current #deletefacebook movement.
I've come to this conclusion from both anecdotal experience regarding Gen Z (Post-Millenial) social media trends while teaching high school and following data on social media trends. When I would speak to my high schoolers about Facebook (and even sometimes Instagram) their response would be, "Miss. That's for old people." The high school students I taught, especially from 2014 and beyond, did not even venture to create a Facebook account -- they were mostly on Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Kik and YouTube. Instagram was almost dead to this generation until they introduced Instagram stories and positioned themselves to offer more features than Snapchat.
In terms of data on social media trends, here's one study from the University of Chicago saying the same thing. If you don't like this source, do your own research. I'm sure you'll find something similar.
As for my personal experience, I've been over Facebook for a while now -- since 2015 to be exact. I migrated over to Instagram because it offered a simpler, cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing user experience. I've always said (and will continue to say) Facebook WILL be the next MySpace -- it's only a matter of time. I believe this was probably one of the reasons why Mark Zuckerberg purchased Instagram, because he also sees the trend. AND, in the last few months, the big names in digital marketing (Vaynerchuk, Brunson, etc.) have been increasingly advocating for business presence on Instagram in addition to Facebook. Even as of early 2018, Vaynerchuk was in Australia saying you're going to miss a huge opportunity if you don't get on the Instagram train in 2018.
Part of me really just wants to "make a point," jump on the #deletefacebook movement and "just say no" to Mark Zuckerberg. But then the other part of me understands the reality of the situation in the present moment which is -- Facebook/Instagram is King and most people value connections to family, friends and they joys (or pain) they get from swiping through the feeds over stepping out of their comfort zone and really causing controversy that probably isn't worth the trouble in the end -- a long way of saying the #deletefacebook movement will slightly accelerate the organic decline of the platform, but will not garner enough impact to destabilize the Zuckerberg empire entirely.
AND with respect to the selling of data, that has been obviously going on for a while...I'm always pretty aware of what I'm being fed on those platforms and take a proactive approach to actively creating and seeking out information, instead of being a passive consumer of content. Ultimately, I am not immune (power of suggestion, order of exposure), but I do try to be aware of and keep the psychological manipulation to a minimum by QUESTIONING EVERYTHING AND SEEKING MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES ON EVERYTHING.
Regardless of if I will keep or delete all things Facebook, I will be shifting my focus to building out my YouTube channel, Twitter account as well as experiment with some newer, "up-and-coming" social media platforms where creators can get paid for content based on peer-reviews instead of being drawn into an advertising sequence. A system where people pay for quality of content incentivizes quality content creation and relationships.
I look forward to trying these out and sharing my insights with you.
Until then, I will continue on Instagram and start posting daily videos on YouTube/sharing on Twitter.
I will still be posting lifestyle content, but will also build out a collection of content touching on some deeper and more expansive topics -- politics, current events, ed reform, spirituality, policy, psychology and childhood development. I realize that I like to read a lot of "boring" books and participate in some deep intellectual discussions. The intention of my YouTube channel is to share information I've gleaned from books and discussions in a way that is easy-to-digest, entertaining & informative and provide insights that may be of interest to you.
One of the biggest takeways I had regarding my life in the past few months is that I really need to get over myself and actually do the work by showing up, every day, whether or not I feel like it. I've finally been doing this on Instagram for almost two months, and now I'm ready to try this philosophy out by creating daily content on YouTube.