I had a couple of people think that I was either angry at them or had just disappeared because they hadn’t heard from me in a while. Just to be clear, I haven’t been avoiding anyone I just decided back on February 22nd to give up social media for lent.
Actually, I decided to test myself to see if I could last without keeping up with the three major networks, i.e. Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. I mean, I’m not even a catholic. I suppose I could have dropped any number of things for 40 days but I decided to challenge myself with this as it would make an impact on friends and family.
So far, so good.
I haven’t cracked or even faltered yet. This may be down to the fact that I use these networks differently to the majority of subscribers. I never post about inane and pointlessly trivial things like,
My cat just guffed, lolz!
I don’t retweet the latest quote from celebrities in order to feel important in the hope that someone might “follow” me as well; and I also fail to see why I should care about blurry nightclub pictures taken on crappy Blackberry cameraphones.
It’s all just a waste of my time.
I prefer to use these networks to connect with long-lost friends or family who are in different countries. If I’ve added someone on Facebook, then chances are that I know the person well enough to have their phone number or email address, which I believe to be better forms of communication. I own a smartphone so I can receive calls, text messages and emails at any time of the day or night. Provided you have a phone as well and my phone number, there should be absolutely no difficulty in maintaining a dialogue.
Or so I thought.
It has turned out that some people believe that if you stop using these “social media” that you may have actually died. Queue the onslaught of “R.I.P.” messages on your wall or in your Twitter feed. It’s all just ridiculous.
I suppose in a roundabout way, maybe people like me are what’s wrong with society because we don’t feel that urgency to share with the world every fleeting thought or emotion. Sharing is caring, after all.