A Life Without Social Media

A few weeks ago, I decided to kill my social media consumption for Lent. Not because I am all holy or anything, but because I am concerned with the place social media holds in my life. Particularly, well, I won’t name any names, but it rhymes with Spacebook.

So how is it going? Well, that depends. I mean, what are the rules for this sort of thing? Do I have to delete the app from my phone? Do I set up a block on my desktop? How much is “legit”?

I still have my professional page up on Facebook, where I occasionally sometimes post links to things related to my career (I have no idea what that last sentence even means.) But since I killed my personal profile, I have no “friends” and thus no news feed. I have no idea what any of you people are posting.

Twitter was harder, because I am afraid if I kill my profile I won’t get my twitter ID back if I restart my profile. So, I just don’t post there – although once or twice I have caught myself reading all the witty things you folks have to say. Is that cheating?

I am reading a lot more – both on screen and dead tree books. (To see the latest stuff I am reading, check out my virtual bookshelves) And we bought a house at the first of the year, so I am spending countless evenings working on that.

So, I am surviving, but I will say that I feel somehow… disconnected. I find myself asking Renee how someone (who she is Facebook friends with) is doing. The other day I found myself wondering if a friend was mad at me, since I have not heard from him in a few weeks, until I realized we primarily stayed in touch via Facebook. And the people who, despite my many attempts to stop it, only want to message me on Facebook instead of using email like a grown-up.

I am not sure if I will go back to using Facebook after Easter or not. Right now, I would say “Probably”, but I have some reservations. In any event, I am glad you folks are here and still listening.

PS: In case you didn’t know – I have a Tumblr account – if you play over there, check me out.

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