I have been asked why someone who is working on establishing themselves as a professional author would take themselves off of social media, when the best way to advertise and gain readership is to maintain a social media page. First of all, I am quite reclusive, and the only social interaction I will get often for days will be off of social media. Even though I am socially awkward as a result of having Aspergers/ADD/whatever social dysfunction is the diagnosis di jour. I still crave social interaction, so removing myself puts me in the uncomfortable position of having to seek out social interaction with out the crutch of having a phone.
However, I sight happiness as my number one reason for going off the social media grid. I am loads happier being disconnected from what’s going on in my social media world. Sure, I miss positive news– friends finishing races and getting PRs, announcements about babies, birthdays, and other fun stuff, but I also miss a lot of the negativity. For example in my feed, there has been a lot of discussions on the vaccination debate. I will not go into detail on my opinion of vaccinations, but I get very tired of the constant negativity strewn by both sides of the debate. There have been studies linking internet use and depression.
I have been off of social media for two days, and the biggest difference I have noticed is time! The sheer amount of time I have spent checking statuses, updating my status, taking pictures, and posting comments is unfathomable. Since stopping all social media interaction, I have so much free time. There have been times during particularly busy days that I sit and wonder now what do I do with myself. I even have gone so far as to go to Facebook, and then I realize that my husband, who is at work at the time has my new password, and the only way to get it would be to call him while, and it seems silly to call for something as silly as a password, so that I can feed an addiction.
Fortunately, today was not nearly as bad as yesterday as far as my desire to go on the Internet. I was up at 5:00 AM and ran 5 miles, then sent my kids off to school. I went to my physical therapy appointment, where I endured torture from a sadist (if you want to do the whole “50 Shades” thing without demeaning yourself sexually, just go tell a physical therapist that you are a marathon runner and would like to get back into training shape after an injury). Grocery shopped, had lunch, and surface cleaned my home for the babysitter. Then taught art, picked up the kids, went to speech, violin, and then a work function for my husband. Hardly time to miss Facebook..
Unfortunately, I didn’t accomplish all my daily Lenten tasks (namely, one thing daily I enjoy for myself and finish a home improvement project). Better luck next time. (The picture was taken a few days ago at Turkey Creek Park).