My drawings have been getting a lot of “LIKES” on Social Media – 300-400 per drawing. Facebook recently congratulated me on having 18,000 LIKES. In fact people LIKE my art so much they’ve begun downloading and printing it out without paying for it.
While all these LIKES are great for my ego and quite frankly, very addictive (see the videos at the end of this post OR just Google “Is Facebook Addictive?”) – the LIKES do not translate into sales. They are vapor – they mean nothing. So the time I spend prepping previews, curating pages and posts and thanking people for their LIKES amounts to nothing more than an exercise in financial futility.
Early last year Artist Noah Bradley left social media entirely. We all thought, “Yeah but he’ll be back.” But you know what? Noah never came back. When questioned about his move he said – “The freedom of not having to think about social media has been so refreshing. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s able.”
While I hardly have the following Noah has I think it’s time for me to take a little break and see what happens. I have made no secret lately of my frustration with the level of intelligence I’ve been finding on Social Media. I have become acutely aware that every time I log into Facebook I begin to feel either depressed or angry. These feelings have escalated recently in proportion to the greater amount of time I spend on the site. Something is wrong and the alarm started going off in my head – despite feeling bad every time I log-in I cannot stop logging-in. THAT IS ADDICTION. I am also keenly aware of recent articles and interviews with Facebook developers about how it was designed to be psychologically addictive A former Facebook executive reported he would not allow his children to use social media. He says he feels ‘tremendous guilt’ for the influence Facebook has had and its ability to manipulate users, suggesting users take a break from using social media altogether.
And then there’s Apple CEO, Tim Cook who publicly admitted he would not allow kids to use social media.
As the old folks used to say in the Adirondacks, I smell a rat in the wood pile.
So – it’s break time for me. I have deactivated my Facebook account effective 10:50AM PST today.
My email address is open to the public and let’s face it – my studio is called The Undisclosed Studio for a reason. hahaha
Until next time …