So here I am, back from visiting the land of no social media. Boy am I really starting to hate typing that term. I can’t imagine how people who work in that domain deal with having to type and say that all the time. That’s probably why I’m not an SM guru, I’d probably make a better plumber or painter – I actually considered becoming a painter last week. Not like Michelangelo or anything, just a house painter. And not like my friend Kyle who is a f&%$ing amazing painter. I could never do that. I’m really good at doing trim work though, and I don’t even need tape. Yes, I am that good. I know, you’re totally blown away and wondering why I haven’t yet given up my lucrative career as a… designer? writer? whatever it is I do, to make my fortune as a house painter.
I’m sitting in a large cafe eating a healthy breakfast and sipping coffee that’s way too strong for me (yes, I’m a wimp) and since it’s a long weekend here in Canada the cafe is kinda dead. In fact, there are at least ten empty tables around me. So, of course, two chatty older ladies with grey hair decide to sit right next to me. I mean, they only way they could have gotten any closer was if they actually sat right at my table. And there’s room at my table. Maybe I should invite them over and I can try to drown out their distracting chatter with the clacking of my keyboard.
Anyway, none of this has anything to do with my little experiment. They are just distractions, which is kind of what social media is. See, I knew this would come full-circle and make my point in a really elegant way with hardly any effort on my part because that’s how the universe works. Speaking of mysterious ways, just before I started writing this I quickly checked my e-mail because I am a hard-core procrastinator. My inbox informed me that a library book I had reserved online was ready and waiting at my local library. Guess what book it was? No, come on, guess! I’ll wait…
Social Media is Bullshit, by B.J. Mendelson
How appropriate that this book would show up just as I was ending my self-imposed holiday. I look forward to reading it.
Also, I actually don’t have anything brilliant and insightful to say about my experiment. There were no life-altering discoveries made nor did I uncover anything profound that inspired me to hop on WordPress and pen you all a love letter. I did get quite a bit of important work done and I did miss my online friends. Tweets and G+ notifications piled up a little but the online world kept turning without me.
The one change I intend to make is to try setting a timer to limit the energy I commit to social media per day. I’m also considering having one or two days of SM-free time per week. What days? I have no idea yet but I’d better pick them and stick to it or the whole thing will fall about like a house of cards.
I’ll leave you with that cliche and send out a special thanks to all the people who commented and sent kind words even though that made it even harder to resist checking my accounts. Have a great weekend (especially if you are in Canada and have a long weekend). The weather is gorgeous here today so I’m going to go for a walk. After I check Google+.
If you know of any good (free or cheap) timers for OSX please let me know!