:computer: Two news articles this past week caught my attention. The first was on the NPR website about how a University declares a week without social media. I don’t do twitter, for various reasons. But I have found myself repeatedly logging in to various forums or social sites throughout the day when I apparently have nothing better to do. Except I always have something better to do. I have a whole list of things I need to be doing.
So this week I decided I’m not logging into any of them. I did log into facebook one evening because I hadn’t heard back through email from someone I’d asked a question of a few days earlier and I wanted to see if they’d been active online. They had been. They just weren’t replying to my email. I haven’t been logging into instant messengers either.
And it’s been interesting what I’ve found to fill my time. I finally started compiling all the emails Brett and I have sent each other since we met. That’s almost five years worth of emails at this point. I’m one month in and already over 40 pages of writing. Compiling all the emails, instant messages, and other notes in to one document to print as a book is a project we’ve been talking about for a while. So now it’s started.
The most interesting thing for me is how often I had to stop myself on Monday, the first day, from just clicking over to the forums when I was bored. That day was hard. By Wednesday it was much easier to instead put together some charts I needed to and to pull up the letter I need to write for the college and get out the Conference edition of the Ensign to finish reading it before the end of the month. I’ve been able to get things done. And it’s been nice, if not a little weird to realize how often I was clicking over.
The second article was in the BBC titled “How to disconnect from your online life.” I particularly enjoyed this quote:
If we can’t live in the moment without tweeting about it, or broadcasting all of our thoughts to our 2,000 Facebook friends, are we in danger of losing our sense of identity?
Brett and I get a sad twisted kick out of the people we know who are tweeting or updating facebook while they are on dates or on their honeymoon or any other place where they should really be in the moment instead of on the internet.
Now, obviously, I haven’t given up all technology this week. I’m still emailing. I’m still blogging. I’m still reading my news headlines (but I have organized a lot of those so I’m not reading all of them every day too). And I will use forums and such as needed after this week. But I’m making an effort to be in the moment and in the flesh more. And I think that’s good to do. I am, after all a real life person in the flesh.