Apparently, Rep. Anthony Wiener, D-N.Y., hasn’t heard of Tiger Woods or Bret Favre or even Elliott Spitzer. I realize there’s nothing new about a Washington insider being out of touch, but they are usually pretty savvy about their own images, which these days one would expect to include social media. Financial advisors, on the other hand, tend not to be so image-conscious, so perhaps Rep. Wiener’s problems might serve as a wakeup call that what happens on social media doesn’t necessary stay on social media.
Personally, I’m a social media dinosaur (as I suspect are many advisors who, like me, are 50-somethings). For one thing, I don’t seem to know people who are so interesting that their daily, or even weekly, activities are noteworthy. More important, I am acutely sensitive to the time-drain monster that social media is becoming. Just email alone is beginning to enslave me: like you, I’m sure, I get hundreds of emails a day. Just sitting here writing this, I can see a new email come in every minute or so. If I take a day off from dealing with these emails, I’m buried.
I even broke down and bought a Blackberry so I can deal with emails when I’m not at my computer (many apologies to my ex-wife, Leigh: I get the whole “Crackberry” thing now).
Now we’ve taken the email phenomenon (or treadmill) and put it on steroids, with Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, texting, IM-ing, etc. It’s mindboggling, at least to this old mind. Who has time for all this? When we told people to “get a life,” is this really the best they could come up with?