Friday, July 27, 2012

The Facebook Addict

Have you ever had something really funny happen-- maybe your kid comes out dressed in Granny's clothes and wig-- you snap a picture and laugh... and your first thought is to "facebook" the event? That's me. It's become a sickness, really.


Facebook wasn't always a lifestyle for me. It started as an occasional indulgence, a way to keep up with others, a quick opportunity to share snippets of our life with family and friends. But, like most things, feed it enough and it can take over, slowly clawing its way up the priority list. I became a "quick checker." You know, head past the computer to put clothes away, and do a "quick check." The problem, of course, is that all my "quick checks" added up to be a rather time-consuming problem.


I don't have anything against facebook itself. In fact, I just let my thirteen-year-old sign up for her own account. I've gotten back in touch with countless friends, and kept up with family members who are too far away to visit. There are some truly great things about the social network. I was simply over-using it, allowing it to take the time of other things in my life. For one, I had all but quit blogging.... and I love this here blog! It's a relaxing, more personal activity. Let's face it, though-- blogging isn't as instantaneously gratifying; There are no "likes" popping on on the posts.


Some folks relax with TV, I blog. But, seeing as how I'd "used up" my computer time during the day, I had other things to get done in the evening and, essentially, gave up my treasured relaxing time.


Now I'm back to seeking balance. Or, perhaps more accurately, I'm seeking the right things at the right time. There isn't a one-size-fits-all for time-management and priorities. I am not second-guessing anyone else's decisions; what's right for me may not be right for you. I simply know that I have become sidetracked and, frankly, I'd rather blog than shoot out numerous quips throughout the day. I've nearly facebooked away my ability to write more than a status-length paragraph!

And, so, I aim to write again. Hold me accountable (if I have a reader left in this wide world!)








7 comments:

Mom of 5 said...

I am still here. You are right! I am missing my blog these days too. I just get kinda lonely blogging with no more comments....and it shouldn't be about that either. I need to blog just as a way to chronicle our life and photos...b/c I know that is the only way I will ever keep up with any of it!

Suzanne said...

Oh I totally understand. Don't remember the last time I blogged. :/ I should take your lead. But must admit, I miss you there!! Love you, girl!

S. Davis said...

You are DOING IT WRONG! I subscribe to bloggers who post their blogs/links to FB, so you DO get the "likes" on your blogs posts. Silly girl...

(I'm serious about the blogs on FB, kidding on how you spend your time, you know that, right? k...)

Jenny said...

I am so glad I didn't have a computer or cable even when Joel was young. I think I would have missed a lot of great moments with hm - I probably have missed some as he's grown. It's hard to keep priorities straight when what we should do isn't always the the most fun thing.

I love your pics & blog posts!

Dusty (To the Moon and Back) said...

Oh you sound just like me! I'm a quick checker that turns the "quick" into a 20 minute endeavor. *sigh*

Shirley said...

You took this post right out of my mind! I have taken the past week off of facebook and have been MUCH happier, more free, and have got a ton of stuff finished. I haven't blogged in forever, but that is ok with me, too (for now). I am enjoying my kids and am actually excited about starting up their homeschool again soon. Kuddos to you to putting it to words!

Wendy said...

Shirley! Us, too. We took the whole past week off of *everything*, and it was wonderful. We shut down the computers, tvs, PHONES, you name it. One week of bliss. It made an incredible difference in how we spent out time, how much patience we had, how much the kids moved & how well they entertained themselves. I was actually sad to turn everything back on, but I have responsibilities that require the computer. And grandparents that require the phone. ;) Still, it was an amazing break, and I relished the time we spent on other things.