When It Comes to Social Media, I Agree with Audrey Hepburn

Here’s what Audrey Hepburn’s character Regina Lampert says when she meets Cary Grant’s character for the first time in the 1963 classic film, Charade.

Grant: “Do we know each other?”

Hepburn: “Why? Do you think we’re going to?”

Grant: “I don’t know. How would I know?”

Hepburn: “Because I already know an awful lot of people, and till one of them dies I couldn’t possibly meet anyone else.”

It’s not that I wish anyone ill; I just get to the point when I feel overwhelmed by a barrage of requests to:

  • like and/or follow social media pages
  • attend events posted on social media
  • vote in popularity contests (in exchange for my email address)
  • share posts about a cause or issue (what I consider the 21st century equivalent of chain letters).

So many social networks, so little time
The continuing growth of social media technology fuels FOMO (fear of missing out) and makes it easy to fall into the quality vs. quantity trap.

While it’s easy to be overwhelmed with it all, it’s also unrealistic to pay attention to it all. It’s like being at a large party where you just can’t possibly listen to every conversation taking place; nor would you want to.

Like Hepburn’s character in Charade, I don’t want an unlimited social network. That’s why – to better manage my time and sanity – I’ve become more selective about who and what I’m engaging with on social media.

[Image credit – Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn; photo from Pixabay]

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