An Expert Offers 6 Tips on Staying Connected
and Managing App Stress
Last week I had a chance to speak with Technology and Lifestyle Expert Chi-Lan Lieu about how busy moms can utilize technology and all that it offers without feeling overwhelmed by it all. Ms. Lieu is currently the Technology & Lifestyle Expert for CBS’s hit daytime talk show, THE TALK. She’s appeared on numerous show to talk tech, including GOOD MORNING AMERICA, ELLEN, THE VIEW, TV GUIDE, E! ENTERTAINMENT, among others. She offers some really fantastic advice for our lovely dandelion moms about family goal-setting and figuring out what apps would work best for your needs.
Staying Connected and Managing App Stress:
If you’re feeling busy or stressed out as 2016 kicks into gear, you’re not alone. New research from Ipsos reveals that while Americans are feeling more connected than ever, they also feel their lives are more demanding and complex, and many are turning to social media as a means of relief.
Among the 5,000+ regular users of social media in the US who participated in the study, an overwhelming 80% agreed that life today is busier than compared to a generation ago, is more demanding (77%) and causes more information overload (78%). Females in the Gen X and Boomer generations report feeling these negative pressures the most, whereas younger males are more optimistic overall.
At the same time, social media usage continues to rise overall. 53% of adults 18-64 now regularly use two or more of the social platforms we evaluated. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram are most commonly used among this set, with females and Millennials leading the way in usage overall. Chi-Lan Lieu discusses more survey results as well offer these tips to discovering which apps are best for finding inspiration and tackling your various goals in 2016:
- Take control of your daily planning
Struggling to find time for daily tasks such as planning meals or staying healthy? Over half of users surveyed say Pinterest is the top site for helping them stay on top of everyday organization. Moms in particular say they turn to Pinterest for planning daily meals, whereas Millennials are more likely than others to use Pinterest for finding fitness tips.
- Find more “me” time
If you’re looking to relax and take some more time for yourself, make Pinterest, Facebook or Tumblr your personal retreats. Moms especially turn to Pinterest and Facebook to relax and relieve stress, while Millennials lean towards Tumblr.
- Stay connected
If you want to spend more time connecting with friends and family this year, Facebook is the place to be. LinkedIn is your best bet for connecting with professional connections.
- Keep up with the world
Follow the latest news, sports and politics on Facebook and Twitter. And if you’re looking to increase your regular dose of celebrity updates, add Instagram to the list as well.
- Discover something new
Who doesn’t love to be inspired by a new discovery? People think Pinterest is the best platform to turn to for learning and creative expression compared to any other social platform. Tumblr and Instagram are also popular destinations among Millennials to express creativity.
- Plan ahead
If you’re the type of person who likes to feel prepared for your next big project, holiday or vacation, make Pinterest your long-term organizer too. Both Moms and Millennials favor Pinterest over all other sites for help in planning and collecting ideas for projects.
About Chi-Lan Lieu
Taking the intimidation out of tech is where Chi-Lan Lieu excels. After more than 10 years as a tech reporter/producer, Chi-Lan has worked tirelessly to make technology accessible to the masses, and delivers fun, useful stories and tips that help viewers live a happier, healthier life. Chi-Lan is currently the Technology & Lifestyle Expert for CBS’s hit daytime talk show, THE TALK. She’s appeared on numerous show to talk tech, including GOOD MORNING AMERICA, ELLEN, THE VIEW, TV GUIDE, E! ENTERTAINMENT, among others. She’s also hosted the groundbreaking trendspotting show, CW NOW bringing trending tech, travel, and style stories to a dedicated on-air and online audience. Chi-Lan has also been at the helm of numerous HGTV series and specials, including HGTV’S SMART HOME and LIVING ABROAD.
Here is our phone/video interview were Ms. Lieu offers some advice for our lovely dandelion moms!