Over my school district’s winter break, I am taking a break from social media. From December 24th through January 3rd, I am not checking Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. In the interest of transparency, I have logged into Facebook to check yoga class times and to see if anyone has posted anything wacky on my author page, but that’s it.
And it’s a lot harder than I thought it would be to go cold turkey.
I’m a fan of social media, largely in part because I use generally use it for the Forces of Good: keep in touch with friends and family, share information, offer a high five or virtual hug and laugh at funny videos and memes. I also wanted to be totally present with my husband over the holiday because starting a new job and finishing a book has made me candidate for #1 Slacker Wife 2015.
I also have a very sick family member and I am reflecting a lot on the preciousness of time. If I get a terminal disease, I am not going to miss liking people’s statues or picture of flowers. I will miss hugging people and walking through the woods.
But I didn’t realize how automatic it has become to click on the blue and white F on my iPhone screen. It was totally automatic. It freaked me out. And made me feel ashamed of being so connected to this computer in my hand.
My thoughts so far:
Day 1 (12/24) : This is great! It’s fun to be so disconnected and to live like it’s 2006. Please text me your photos from Christmas Eve dinner because I’m detoxing from social media. See, I have self control. Now give me one of those cookies…
Day 2 (12/25) I want to see people’s Christmas photos! But it’s so nice to be out of the loop. But I want to see your kids in their Christmas outfits!
Day 3 (12/26) : Periphery, Harlen. Social media is all periphery. You’ll be in touch with anyone who really matters. But what’s going on??? I had to text my husband a meme I made instead of posting it on his FB page. It was an Omar Little meme and it was about ceviche – who wouldn’t want to see that? Oh well. It was just for him.
Day 4 (12/27): I really want to tell everyone – the entire universe – how awesome Star Wars: The Force Awakes is! I want to tweet J.J. Abrams and tell him I have officially forgiven him for the ending of Lost. Instead, I will rave to my husband and the friends we watched it with. I will text my sister-in-law back because she saw it today, too. And I am good with that.
Day 4 (12/28): I am reading REAL news sources more now. I am actually going to The Washington Post app instead of my friends self-selecting for me. It’s only been four days? I’m PROUD of myself for being off social media for four days. Proud? That’s terrible. Shameful. Proud. Wow. It’s a good thing I am taking a break. I’m wondering what the outcome will be.