I tried to write this post six days ago and found that I really had no motivation. I have had a couple people in my life bring it up over the last week so I thought maybe now is the time.
My social media vacation is over, and like any vacation, I don’t really want it to end. What is so great about this vacation is that it doesn’t have to end; I can just keep on doing everything I am doing and not telling the whole internet about it. Mmmmmm. Bliss.
Truth be told, every time I think about signing back into Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, I actually feel the slightest bit of anxiety and I quickly go back to whatever other activity I was previously engaged in. I can’t quite pinpoint the exact cause of the anxiety, but I think it is that there is SO MUCH. Everything just keeps coming and coming. It never stops. It is rather like how postal workers feel about the mail, I imagine. It really makes me tired. “Facebooking” is fairly passive, but really, the whole time a person is scrolling through their newsfeed, they are making decision after decision: to read or not to read, comment or not to comment, share or not to share, like or not to like… And that just scratches the surface. Then there are all the questions about how to interpret something, whether or not someone will interpret your words as they are meant, and on, and on, and on. That is exhausting. How anyone has any mental energy for anything after that is beyond me.
However, I do plan to return. Right after I hit publish, as a matter of fact. I get most of my readership from Facebook and Twitter and I have missed out on some good interactions over the last thirty-some-odd-days. There is a lot about Facebook that I do not miss AT ALL, but there are some really great people out there that I only interact with on Facebook. If it weren’t for Facebook, many of these people would not be part of my life, at all. That isn’t good or bad, that is just life. I am thankful that I am still able to have these contacts and am willing to wade through some of the nonsense to make sure I still have them.
One thing is for sure, I am going to be on social media a lot less. I may opt for more of an Instagram-based social media life, but we’ll see. I sort of have this dread that the quietness of this vacation is about to be broken and I’m a little sad about it…