Social media vacations – do you take them?

I have my Twitter account, Pinterest, Learnist, Google+,  and of course, my author page on Facebook as well as my personal page for family and friends.

I find, though, that sometimes it’s necessary for me to take a break from my personal page. Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends and my family. But now and then, I just need a break.

I find (as I’m sure many of you have noticed, as well) that there are things that people would never say or do in the real world, yet their fingers hit that keyboard at top speed and they say or do it online without a second thought. They express a side of themselves, a whole world of thoughts and opinions and feelings that we never see or hear anything about when we get together for drinks or a day at the beach.

Sometimes, certain ones take a topic and beat it to absolute death. Now, I’ll admit, I jumped on the bandwagon and shared lots of things I saw about  Miley Cyrus back when she molested the foam finger and the teddy bear a few months ago. So I’m not completely innocent of these things I’m complaining about.

It’s not just that, though. It’s also that sometimes, it’s just so easy to get caught up in what’s going on on Facebook that I don’t get any work done. My writing will sit, for hours. The kids will be waiting to start school as I’m still scrollling through the countless things posted during the night as I slept.

So – I take a break. Never for very long, just a week or two at most. Often just a couple of days. Just enough to feel the lure of Facebook begin to fade and become what it was before I got obsessed for the moment: a fun tool, easily checked and then ignored in favor of other, more important things. Enough to be able to forget that a certain friend seems to have a very different opinion on a topic that’s important to me, or for that other friend to have put the bat down and quit beating the dead horse.

I’m considering taking a break right now. It seems like an ideal time, with the holidays. It will give me more time to focus on my family, and on being with those I love in the real world. It’ll give me perspective again, and possibly preserve some relationships that otherwise might end up on some very rocky ground.

What do you think? Do you take breaks from Facebook and other social media? Do you find that your friends or family acts differently online than they do in the real world? How do you deal with it when there seems to be some hypocrisy or when they latch onto a topic and don’t let go?

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