When my Dad was alive, he used to announce that he didn't like looking at the tops of people's heads. He was talking about the current epidemic of compulsive smart-phone-checking at all times: at lunch, while walking...whenever. I'm guilty as the next person, but after he said it, I realized that not only is it rude to your companions, but it signifies that we have a hard time disconnecting.
Social media is here to stay. You old fogies can run but you can't hide. You'll just be left in the dark. I have a few friends my age who are very wary of social media (Honestly, I pity them a bit). I tell them that TwitFace is as much or as little as you want it to be. It's like a water cooler in an office. You can wander over and have a quick chat, or you can hang around all day (and probably get fired).
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When I got back to civilization, I decided that I wasn't ready to get back to the TwitFace yet. I was enjoying my break- even from blogs, and even from my beloved Instagram! I just felt like I didn't want to feel like I needed to check anything or feel unsettled if I was behind on any feeds. Unless it's actually for work, social media should feel like fun, not work.
So here I am, a week or so later - to tell this tale. I'm still basically unplugged, except for email and the odd blog (yes, it is very, very odd). And yes, I miss the social banter and the fun photos. I miss being creative and sharing and learning. I'm sure there's some great chia oatmonster recipe that I'm missing out on, temporarily. I do miss all the truly great blogs and the people behind them, but my friends know how to contact me. Unfortunately that might require a view of top of my head. But way less than before.
Q: Do you find yourself compulsively checking in with your social media outlets (blogs, TwitFace, Instagram, emails, etc). Are there any that you are more 'addicted to' than others? Have you ever tried to disconnect? How'd that work out for you?