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 …
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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