If you’re even remotely interested in social media, and not living under a rock, you have probably heard of the new up and coming app Vine. After a few hours of buzz, I finally signed up to see what all the fuss was about. I was hesitant to sign up for yet another social media site, but I also really hate to miss out on things.
I don’t think I’m into it.
I can’t stop feeling like it’s one more thing to do, one more thing to create, one more thing to check. And this time around, more than usual, I was left with the burning question: what is the point? I started following my usual crowd, real-life friends and a few favorite bloggers. Some were creating really beautiful videos, others were posting snippets of their kids and pets. I fall into the kids category, and would probably only use this app to take video clips of Everett (let’s be real, he’s freaking cute).
But, is it necessary? What’s the point? Are Instagram and Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest and blogs not enough? I already spend small chunks of my days sorting through glimpses of other people’s lives. I already see pictures of their babies and their smoothies and their projects and puppies. Only with those apps and websites, I can browse quickly. Vine? Not so much. Now I’m being asked to spend six whole seconds per video to view glimpses of other people’s lives.
I can’t help but feel like it’s too much.
I realize some people will love this app and find incredibly unique ways to use it (I’ve already seen some!), but for me personally, I’m just not sure if it’s something I want to invest time and energy into.
I already struggle with the balance between using social media and being present in my daily life. And when all is said and done, I guess I have to ask myself: will using this app enhance my life somehow? Or will it simply take away time from Everett? I know that sounds dramatic and perhaps too black and white, but I can tell you from my two days of experience using Vine, if nothing else, it is time-consuming.
Are you on Vine? Love it? Hate it? I’m curious to know your thoughts….