I have mentioned in a previous blog post that I spend a considerable amount of time on Twitter just scrolling constantly until I hit a point where I’ve seen everything and then will typically go back to the top and start over again. If a question of focus comes up, then, I can definitely say I have little issue focusing on my own account and the people I follow (it’s less than 100, I couldn’t keep up with following thousands of people.)
However, I don’t really pay much attention to what’s going on in a grander scale regarding social media; I only use Facebook for the messenger app to speak with my girlfriend, I don’t use TikTok or Snapchat and while I have a YouTube channel it’s such a niche thing for me where maybe three or four of my friends even look at what I upload because it’s all confined within the Final Fantasy XIV community. It would be nice for more people to have a vested interest in my “content” but I know I’ll never become famous enough as an online personality to make that a job.
And even then, I’ve seen videos from other people that became Twitch famous and how much of your time and effort you have to put into it instead of it being something you once enjoyed as a hobby to entertain your friends. Everything eventually just becomes work and I think that’s where my issues of focus come into play. I can give my attention to Twitter or to games I enjoy playing or anything of the sort but when you are expected to so heavily ingrain yourself in social media as a job I would think it’d start to take its toll on anyone even if you’re not made privy to what’s going on behind the camera.
That being said, I would probably still enjoy being some manner of Internet celebrity as a career even if it meant being one of those ridiculous social media influencers because then I wouldn’t be stuck working a 9-5 for the rest of my life and I also wouldn’t have to interact with as many people in a social environment as often.