Social media and the negative consequences on practitioner skill

So I do not like Facebook (or maybe I like it too much which is why I do not use it).

I mentor several students and new professionals. Each of these people have amazing drive and commitment to excellence.

They also have Facebook.

AND this is a problem. It is clear that each a community on Facebook that put up new articles and videos relating to their field. Instead being helpful, it shakes their confidence because they may be doing something different than a famous online personality.

I had a Facebook account when it first colleges back in mid 2000s. Like most people, I put up photos and interacted with family.  By the time I dove into physical therapy, I wanted to make sure I connected to as many other professionals in heath and fitness as possible.

I was convinced that these people knew everything. They had every answer with a depth of knowledge that blew my mind.

Then reality hit me. I presented research at biomechanics conference and spoke with one of these personalities. Surprise, surprise – they were human. Not only that, from the conversation I gleaned the holes in their thought process that was never present in their online process.

By the time I started to practice, I quit using Facebook. I trust my own deep thoughts and published articles more than any blog post or new training course.

Staying committed to a study plan has propelled me to heights that would not be possible if I tried to stay current with all of the garbage on Facebook (or twitter or instagram, etc).

Getting good with building rapport, writing, manual therapy, examination, or teaching takes reps with feedback following a plan. I suggest getting the study plan built, shutting down the Facebook profile (or unfollowing a lot of people), and put in the work to get better.


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