Well folks, it’s been two months, and I have returned. My social network hiatus has come to an end, and I’ve learned many many things from it.
1) Fear of Missing Out dissipates very quickly. After about a week off the grid, you forget why you were so addicted in the first place.
2) Sadly these days you can’t be completely removed 100%. It’s amazing how many websites and articles you read start on Tumblrs these days. One of my new joys in life, Men in Blazers, has an entire site based on Tumblr!
3) There are points when you feel alone. Very alone in fact. But for the most part that’s not a bad thing.
4) You can find out a lot about yourself when there’s nothing to check every 5 minutes. I found this summer that I could be more determined. A lot of the goals I set for myself I achieved, and now I can take that momentum into this school year with fresh goals that I now know I can make.
The Verdict? Will I wipe myself off the grid entirely? Will I go back to my old ways of social media addiction? The answer: a mix of both. I won’t be deleting any accounts any time soon, but I will be checking things a lot less frequently. I’ve learned and hope to continue to follow the practice of using my sites for information and laughs, not a means to stay infinitely in the loop. Keep an eye out for posts from time to time, but if you can handle it, I recommend a little social silence from time to time.
Inspired partly by Patton Oswalt and partly by Howard Kremer and Have a Summah, which has changed a lot of my life for the positive, I’ve decided to take the next two months off social networking after tonight. This is one of the biggest summers for me in a long time, and I want to enjoy every single second of it. In order to do that, however, I can’t have my eyes looking down at a screen the whole time. For news I’ll have articles and websites, entertainment podcasts, and the world can give me everything else.
I’ve already given up facebook permanently, and don’t miss it at all, so I figure I’ll survive this too.
I’m not saying everyone should do it, but I hope you all have an amazing next few months. Try some new things, leap into a new sport (Soccer is pretty great), fall in love, do that thing you always wanted to do, whatever it is, just go out there and HAVE A SUMMAH!
I know I will.