Am I Going Insane??

For some, this post may come across like a holier-than-thou type deal. I promise that is not my intention. I honestly have just come to a realization and have chosen to act upon it.

The Realization: I have decided to get rid of all social media for a season (maybe forever).

Here are my reasons:

– social “networking” has turned away from networking. It has become a way of life instead of a tool.
– these services feed the ego and produce narcissistic tendencies.
– too much time is wasted on “checking” everything.
– individuals lack the fortitude to say things to people’s faces. Instead they just post it on their Facebook.
– these services lead to bad social practices (i.e. sitting at a table with friends and you haven’t looked up once; not to mention have not added anything to the conversation the entire time.)

I want to be more concerned with what is going on in the world around me than the world of social networks. That said, these networks are not EVIL. So I am not saying NO ONE SHOULD EVER USE THEM. This is where I stand and it has been a personal conviction. There is a TON of good that has come from social networking. You may not have an issue. You and I may not be anything alike… After you read this post you will know if you lean toward or away from me.

Can you just empathize with me for a moment? Have you ever heard:

– “why aren’t we friends on Facebook?”
– “why aren’t you following me on twitter or Instagram?”
– “why didn’t you like my photo?”
– “OMG, did you see what Sally put on Facebook. What a _____”

I could go on and on but I think you get the picture. I really believe we were made for more than this.

Now, really listen to me here– I am guilty of all of the above. I am not saying that I am exempt from saying or doing any of them. All I am saying is that I have felt it’s not necessary to have twitter and Facebook and Instagram to live life to the fullest.

A little over 10 years ago, NO ONE had these accounts and I am pretty sure it wasn’t that bad. You actually had to go hang out with someone or call them on the phone to see what they were up to. I miss that. What kind of friendships do we really have over the internet? Shallow ones? Judgmental ones? Are we able to be close to people? I’m pretty sure you don’t have 3,285 really close friends.

The worst part is, it’s only going to get worse. Have you tried to have a conversation with a teenager lately? Exactly. “click, click, click….uh huh….click, click, click….hahahaha…..oh my gosh…look at this…..click, click, click….LIKE! Say cheese…yep, that’s going on Instagram. What were we talking about?”

So here is what I am challenging myself with. I am going to delete all the social apps off my phone. I am going to deactivate my Facebook and stay away from twitter and ANY other social networking site for the next 5 months. Yep, 5 MONTHS starting August 1st! On January 1, 2014 I will re-evaluate where I am on this venture. I will be keeping a journal of my thoughts during the process of my detox. Heck, this may turn into some crazy documentary at some point that you will see on Netflix in the “Who really cares, I’m just bored and need something to watch” (AKA, documentaries) section.

The crazy part is going to be trying to pull this off all-together. Some say it is a necessary evil to have Facebook. Shoot, I have said that! I have been an advocate for that stance the last few months.

You may be asking–How will I keep up with my “friends” now? It’s not like I’m going to throw my phone in the garbage. Texting is still around right? The phone can still make calls the last time I checked (at least for now). So that is what I will resort to.

Have you ever thought about this subject before? Does it sound insane? Do you think I’m crazy for even considering it? Leave a comment and start a discussion about it. I’d love to know if I’m the only weirdo out there!

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2 comments

  1. So Young and James · July 23, 2013

    It is so interesting that you would post this today. I was just about to quit Facebook on this very day. No joke! I very much agree with what you wrote about people posting passive-aggressive things on Facebook, and also excessively checking things all the time. A lot of times I find myself checking too often, and I am drained by it. For example, today I went to Starbucks, instead of reading the book that I brought with me, I sat there messing with my iPhone the whole time. What a waste!

    On the other hand, part of me doesn’t want to give it up, because I am a single dad, and it is one of my sources of keeping in touch with people and not feeling lonely. I have fewer opportunities to leave the house than other people, so I have found that it makes me feel like I am interacting with people more often. Also, it enables me to keep up with friends and relatives who live far away. So I am not totally sure I would give it up for a long time, but I might moderate its use or give it up for a few months or a year. Thanks for the great post!

    • chasegentes · July 23, 2013

      Thanks for the response! Crazy that you were thinking about that today. I totally understand your reasoning behind keeping your accounts. Makes sense. Glad I am not the only one out there that thinks about this stuff.

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