Today I deactivated my facebook and twitter accounts. 

Yes. Again.

It's not the first time I've done it but I am hoping this hiatus will last  a little longer than the last one (current record: 3 months). I maintain what I wrote a while ago about social media and how I think it's brilliant. I also remain firm on my position that it can have devastating consequences depending on how (and how much) you use it. 

My main issue with social media has been that it was distracting me from important things. You have to know yourself, I suppose. I'm curious by nature, always have been, always will be. I'm also relationship-oriented, meaning I value people and friendship over tasks and efficiency and love to stay connected with folks. I am also a brilliant, top-of-the-pop, successful, high-achieving procrastinator. Mix those things together, give it a good shake, and you obtain a dangerous cocktail which, I have to admit now, is not very compatible with social media. At least not if you're a student approaching exam time and already behind on your coursework. 

But it's not just or so much time that those two social media platforms have taken lately. They've stolen space. My precious and lovely brain space. My brain batteries are depleting a lot faster now that I'm back to university and the ability to recharge them has somehow become more of a challenge. Social media demands too much of my precious brain juices. At the end of a busy day filled with lectures, my addicted - albeit exhausted - brain craves for social media. It still puzzles me how I sometimes log on to facebook without even thinking about it. I open my computer, I open facebook. If I were on Twitter, I'd probably punctuate this sentence with a #scary but that would be too controversial for this post...

So I'm back on the blog. Writing does demand brain space as well but, funny as it may sound, it also helps me recharge my batteries at the same time almost AS I WRITE.  Maybe because it makes my brain muscles actually work instead of numbing them. Maybe because it forces me to think and not passively swallow all the information put there in front of me. What once was an entertaining, interesting thing to do - perusing photos, links and statuses, "staying in touch" - has now become tiresome and monotonous (dare I say "boring"?).

I didn't mean to write so much about it but here we go. There's a great deal I'm going to miss about both facebook and twitter (especially birthdays...) but I hope you and I can still stay in touch in an intelligent, human, perhaps even "real" kind of way. 

How do you prefer to stay in touch with people?
Have you taken breaks from social media? 
Did it make a difference?
How do you recharge your brain batteries?




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