How I quit social networking for a week and survived.Posted: May 22, 2012 | |
My name is Stewart and I’ve been social network free for seven days. Seven days without Twitter. Seven days without Facebook and Seven days without blogging. I missed all of you but at the same time I needed some space.
My decision to quit social networking for one calendar week was an easy one. It began to be to much. I found myself checking it too many times a day. Unfortunately, I became obsessed and I didn’t even realize it. So the decision to quit was less of a decision and more of a necessity.
When I gave it up, I found freedom. I was reminded that there is life out there. The world doesn’t reside on a website.
Here a few other things I realized:
* An Instagram sunrise doesn’t come close to the real thing.
* Life exists outside the confines of a desktop/laptop/smartphone.
* Face to face interaction with people is gold.
* When I turned it all off, I found the silence to be invigorating and refreshing.
* There is a lot of good advice given on Twitter but good advice is like wine. It’s healthy in moderation but it can be overdone.
* It’s nice to wonder what you are doing sometimes. It’s not nice to know everything you’re doing… all the time.
* There are these things called books and they’re fun.
* I had some good conversations with God. Sometimes the social networks get in the way of that.
Overall, my time away was good. My head and my heart needed it.
Do you need to turn it off for a while? Is it time to disconnect?