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Why PCs, not smartphones, are best for social media sharing

Alex Cocilova | March 21, 2013
In a world dominated by social media we must choose the best way to consume it. A vast majority would look to their mobile devices, but the true platform is the PC.

And let's not forget that sharing rich content via your smartphone can be hazardous to both your wallet and your nerves. Spotty coverage means photos take forever to upload. Limited data plans mean those photos could end up costing you dearly. But neither issue is a problem when sharing big files via your PC.

Bad decisions are made mobile

The landline gave us drunk dialing. The cell phone supercharged the phenomenon by making it easier for the inebriated to call their ex-girlfriends or boyfriends from taverns and liquor-store parking lots. SMS messaging made the problem worse by allowing drunkards to send embarrassing photos to individual people. And now Facebook and Twitter let us share our lowest moments with, yikes... the entire world. (I won't mention any real-life cases here.) 

Do you really want complete and immediate access to social media when your decision-making is at its most compromised? The flip side of instant communication is instant social suicide. But if your only access to social media is via your PC, at least you have to boot up, log in, and fire up your browser before tweeting or posting to Facebook. That may be just enough time to reconsider the wisdom of over-sharing your most, er, "human" moments.


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