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Do I need a social media detox?

For those of you who follow a Christian church calendar, we are now entering the season the Lent. Or we have entered it … however that works. When I was growing up, we never gave up anything for Lent. I don’t know if that was my parents, if it was my denomination, if it was the hippie-ish pastor who liked to play his electric guitar in church … all I know is that while my friends gave up stuff like chocolate or soda, I stuck to my normal routine.

The other day my friend Dacia decided to give up Facebook until Easter. Forgetting that Lent was nearly upon us, I immediately posted a message on her page. “Waaaaaah!” Followed by “Why????” Then she told me she was giving up Facebook for Lent and she was excited to discover how much time she had after ridding herself of the time suck known as Facebook.

That got me thinking … while I don’t see myself quitting Facebook anytime soon, I’ve noticed that I’ve become less enchanted with social media. I used to be a freak for Twitter – when I first started using Twitter, I built up a circle of like-minded cyber friends. We advised each other on our recipes, gave each other “hugs” when needed and sometimes conducted “Tweet-a-longs.” (That’s like a sing-a-long, but in 140 characters or less.) I’ve been busier in my personal and my professional life lately and I’ve noticed that the number of “mentions” and direct messages from my Tweeps has fallen down from when I was devoted Twit-head.

This has led me to wonder – what would happen if I stopped using social media? Google just came out with their version of Twitter, which is called “Buzz” and to be honest. I think it stinks. And when I was totally engaged in Twitter, I loved it, but now that I don’t use it as often – I feel very “meh” about it.

Time is money. The time that I’m not Twittering or Facebooking, I could be cleaning my extraordinarily messy kitchen. I could organize my vast clippings of recipes that have accumulated over the past 10 years. Gasp! I could actually draw up a budget.

I’ll let you know what I decide, but it’s interesting to think about the possibilities that one has when they set aside mindless entertainment. Books instead of TV. Actual letters instead of thoughts spewed out in 140 characters or less. Games of cards played with loved ones instead of Farmville. I’m not sure what I want to do …

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Job Front: Still waiting to hear back from the new job opportunity. I’m still optimistic and very hopeful.

Personal Front: I have this weekend off. The world is my oyster and I’m excited about the possibilities. I’m not sure what I’ll be up to, but I’ll probably be away from social media. At least for a little while …

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3 thoughts on “Do I need a social media detox?

  1. I think a detox is an excellent idea. Too many people tune in to Facebook, or electronic chatter that slightly entertains, but does not build real, lasting relationships. But, it’s just like TV, some poeple are just going to search for some entertainment to get them through to bedtime and before they know it, life is over. I am a firm member of the turn it off and tune into real life encampment.

  2. I’ve noticed that a lot of these things for me are novelties when they first come out and I spend a lot of time on them and then they “settle in” to my normal routine with everything else. Facebook for me has become a time-saver in a lot of ways – I generally use it to communicate with various groups of people in my social circle quickly, and get quicker responses than using email or of course the telephone. And it has allowed me to get in touch with some people that I would not otherwise have had the opportunity to do so.

    I also have general rule that the people I have in my social media networks are people I’ve met in real life. It’s not that there isn’t value in meeting people online – sometimes it’s the only way to find people who have some particular common interest, who are in a similar situation, etc. – a very powerful tool for people who have no other way to find people like them in certain situations. But it doesn’t replace the “real world” either.

  3. Great post. I feel the same way about social networking… it’s great for awhile but then meh after awhile. There are just so many other things to do besides sitting on the computer!

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