My Personal Experience With Social Media In This Coronavirus Lockdown

How’s your experience of this coronavirus lockdown going on? Have you been able to set a sleep schedule? What about following a daily routine? I know it’s hard, but what else can we do except stick with them? During this lockdown, I have tried to experiment with different social media platforms. I would like to share my personal experience with you.

Topics we’ll be discussing:

social media
Mobile phone and social media

Updates and Connecting with Facebook

What better than Facebook for this? Get the live updates, and enjoy its usage alongside. Killing two birds with one stone!

I finally became a big fan of Facebook with this coronavirus pandemic. Every time I wanted to know about the live coronavirus data, I tuned in to Facebook. 

Yeah, alright… I have kind of become a Facebook addict, something I never thought I would be.

Back to seriousness, Facebook has also helped me to connect with my known ones from all over the world. When the lockdown had started, I contacted my friends who study in different parts of the world. I thought my situation here was terrible until hearing about how the coronavirus was impacting them. But looking at the positives, a few of them have begun their personal development journey amid this pandemic.

Linking with LinkedIn

Another crucial social media throughout this coronavirus pandemic has been LinkedIn. But can we even consider LinkedIn as social media? After all, it’s particularly for business and professionals, or so I thought…

I had an unused LinkedIn account for a long time, like the spider webs we could find in the corner of our houses. Anyway, for some reason, I decided to use LinkedIn during this lockdown.

I started connecting people from my professional background. As my connections increased, I began to message a few of them.

One thing I learned from LinkedIn messaging is that we have to be very direct with our texts.

In other social media platforms, we begin with an informal and indirect texting style. I tried using the same strategy on LinkedIn at the beginning. 

I texted 10 people using that strategy. Can you guess how many replies I got? 

0

Well, 1, to be honest…his reply was something like, “Please learn to communicate professionally, and respect others”

Wow! Was I that bad a communicator? Seemingly, I was…

Hurriedly, I searched ‘How to start communication professionally’ on Google. I copy-pasted the most interesting lines in a Word File. Then, I started texting a lot of new people with these lines (or more like spamming them).

Still not satisfied as I wasn’t being myself, I deleted the Word file. I started creating my own words despite they might not have been the best. To my surprise, most of people texted me back. They had appreciated it as I had used my own words rather than copy-pasting from Google (apparently, that’s what most beginners in LinkedIn do)

Now, I have been a constant LinkedIn user. I have met some wonderful, like-minded people on LinkedIn. It has been hard for me to motivate during my worst times. But, these people have not only motivated me, but also mentored, and assisted me a lot with my career planning. 

If you have never used LinkedIn, then I would encourage you too to try it as well. There’s a good chance that your career will gain a massive boost.

Parting with Instagram

Instagram would have been great if I didn’t have to scroll down my Instagram feed every 5 minutes. This was a whole new level of addiction. 

It has been that one social media that I can’t seem to part with. I have tried to quit it so many times – deleting the app, deactivating my account, and blocking Instagram from my web browser. These seem to work for a few days, but inevitably, I return to where I was.

So I told myself, enough’s enough. I had to control this before it controlled me.

I permanently deleted my Instagram account three weeks ago. Since then, I haven’t looked back. Because of my habits, I still tried to use Instagram, before realizing that it’s gone, forever. In all honestly, my daily routine has been much better now.

When you lack the required self-discipline, changing your environment is the best alternative. I have tried this to succeed. If you are unable to quit Instagram like me, then deleting your account permanently is the way to go. 

Learning with Quora

I have been using Quora for over two years now. This coronavirus lockdown has been extra special because I have been able to use it a lot more than I used to. 

What I particularly love about Quora is that I can find so many insightful answers to the same question. The best questions have been those where we can take one side. For example, should euthanasia exist? Questions like these could have answers either way. While I might have an initial side that I choose, the answers in Quora convince me to rethink my choice. I get to learn about both the arguments in the best possible way. 

There had been a time when I stopped Googling about the thing I wanted to know. Instead, I used to go to Quora. 

It’s great to see so many wonderful writers contributing to Quora. I started following the writers who write about book summaries, personal development, etc. In a sense, Quora has helped me develop during this coronavirus lockdown.

P.S. Whenever I find it difficult to come up with a blog topic, Quora has always helped me to generate new ideas. 

Overall lessons from social media

It has to be said that social media platforms have helped me a lot during this coronavirus lockdown. Without them, I could not have been able to connect with my old friends (Facebook), meet like-minded professional people (LinkedIn), and learn new topics (Quora). Sorry, Instagram, for not mentioning you – you too have played a major role.

I have written a similar article about the top 6 personal development influencers. It includes Gary Vaynerchuk, who is one of the best social media personalities in the world – Top 6 Personal Development Influencers

If you learned something and enjoyed reading this article, then please consider sharing this with your wonderful friends as well.

Thank you so much!

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Hamish

    Indeed. As long as we use them intelligently, and realise when we are using them too much or for unhealthy purposes as you have, we can gain the benefits social media have to offer.

    Thank you for sharing your experience with social media during this lockdown period. 🙂

    1. Kiran Kandel

      I can’t thank you enough for leaving your thoughts, Hamish! 🙂
      Yes, there are bunch of benefits that we can grasp from social media. But when use unnecessarily can hamper our habits.

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  3. Avinash

    Great post Kiran! You have indeed chosen a good topic. To be honest social media is doing more harm than helping. We need to be very wise and careful while using it.

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Thank you for your warm compliment, Avinash! 🙂
      Social media can be harmful when used unnecessarily. But I found it’s very sociable as well when use wisely.
      As you said, we have to be wise while using it. Otherwise, we might end up without being productive.

  4. Anonymous

    “When you lack required self-discipline, changing your environment is the best alternative”
    These lines are the best one🙂

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Thank you so much reading this post! I indeed find this as a helpful point to consider and say the same to my friends. 🙂

  5. Anonymous

    Hey Kiran, Thank you for checking out my blog.
    this is a very interesting article.
    As for me, I think I put the lockdown to good use. I was able to stay away from social media so much so that friends and family alike had to call and check up on me. I had to of course work from home and that was quite stressful. Nevertheless, I used my spare time to read books. I mean actual physical books. Also took time to do some gardening (in case there was going to be a food shortage and a few homegrown vegetables would come in handy) I agree on the damage that is caused by Social media in general, but I have to say that where I live, thanks to Social media, during the lockdown there was free flow of information on where we can get our groceries and essentials online. And which services were excellent and which were poor etc. Also, I think the lockdown kind of got people talking to each other more. For those who didn’t have to work from home, they just had too much time on their hands. So Whatsapp / Zoom family calls were useful. I guess it is based on different individuals on how they handle social media.

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Hello!
      Firstly, thank you so much for visiting the article and dropping your beautiful experience here. 🙂
      I am glad to find you utilizing your time during this uncertain time. You might have gained the true connection with the physical books( which I prefer to read most of the time). Also, you investing your time in garden and growing the vegetables on your own is really impressive.
      I do agree that it depends upon person to person about the social media. You have found the good utilization of the sites. Same here, I remain connected with my friends and meet like minded people!

  6. Haliru Amanah

    I find your post helpful. It is always necessary to eliminate anything that constitutes an obstacle to self discipline

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Thank you for going through it. Yeah, we need to eliminate things understanding how much impact it has created to us negatively.

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