You know how you can get those "aha moments" in the shower or when you wake up in the middle of the night? Well, I had one in the wee hours of the morning as the latest cold front began to move in. And that realization was this: I need to take a break from social media.
I've been depressed this weekend, and though part of it was caused by my relentless sinus issues, I've come to realize that another part is my borderline addiction to Tweeting and Facebooking: clicking and scrolling and mindlessly consuming what other people post. And while I do post original thoughts and pictures, my mind's vastly more filled with the hundreds of other people's thoughts and ideas, not my own! I've gotta get back into my own head. So I'm going to step away from Twitter and Facebook for about a week and just see what happens.
It'll be an experiment of sorts...
But before I go, I just want to put my two cents in about Facebook and Twitter. Seems like people are either "Team Twitter" or "Team Facebook." Well, I like Twitter better. It doesn't censor what content is visible to people, it's real time, it's fast, there's all sorts of fun content on there, and I've made some really cool online friends through it. So it'll be a little harder for me not to click on Twitter and hang out with all my people on there...but I need to because I've got a creativity deficit that needs straightened out.
Facebook, on the other hand, I still hate after all these years. I've opened and deleted two different accounts in my adult life. I'm on my third account right now, and honestly, the only reason I got back onto Facebook this time was because I wanted to open up a Page for my books. For a while, I swore I wouldn't take on any Facebook "friends" with a personal account for a number of reasons. Well, I gave in. I wanted to, for instance, see what my mom was posting and be able to check up on my aunt and long-time friends, etc. But then my five friends became ten, and that doubled, and so-on. So instead of Facebook being a place to connect with fans of my writing, like I had originally intended, it's back to sucking me into its Facebooky tendrils. I find myself clicking on it anytime I have a spare second to mindlessly scroll.
Now, instead of being dramatic and deleting my Facebook and Twitter accounts, I'm going to take a break from them. My goal is to take a week off from Twitter and maybe even more from Facebook... I'd like to find that perfect happy medium of Tweeting (not too little, not too much). And as for Facebook...*sigh* I'd like my personal Facebook account eventually to turn into a place I can just log onto once every few weeks when I want to see what a particular friend or relative has been up to and connect with him/her. No more mindless scrolling, no more wasting time, and no more being addicted. I've said it before, and I'll say it again now: if someone is really your friend, you will keep in touch outside of Facebook.
That's all! I'm signing off for now! Have a great week, everyone, and I'll let you know what, if any, positive results come from this little experiment!