Well, back from vacation, and if there was one thing I enjoyed, it was the self imposed hiatus from Facebook and social media. It was definitely a good way to relax and unwind. Sure, there was the occasional blog post, and I did occasionally troll FB, but that was just to answer the occasional private message.
I also tried to avoid watching news while on vacation, and what I did get was usually in public venues (restaurants and such). Again, I’m not surprised that the world didn’t end if I didn’t keep up with the news. Frankly, if the world had ended, I’m pretty sure I’d have known it without new media telling me it had ended.
Now that I’m off vacation (sort of, given this is my last day of vacation), I’m finding that I really don’t mind not being on FB or watching news. I caught a little of my normal morning newscast when I got up, but I don’t want to obsess over it. I made sure my FB notifications were answered and read, and trolled a few recent posts, but I really don’t feel the need to be on FB all day.
Henceforth, I am going to make it a point to limit myself to social media from here on out. A little time in the morning, and perhaps a little time in the evening. Beyond that, while at work or at social events with friends, I will make it a point to interact with those who are physically there with me. Social interaction instead of social media.
Does this make me counter-culture, in the day and age where being social media savvy seems to be the rage? Is it so utterly important to be on Twitter (reducing life and thoughts to 140 characters or less), Facebook, or Instagram almost every moment of every day? Personally, I don’t think I care if it does label me as old-fashioned, out of touch or out of date. I think I prefer the actual social interaction instead of electronic interaction.
I don’t intend to stop posting or stop having an online presence completely. I just don’t think I need to make it such a high priority in my day.