I’ve been on a self-imposed social networking hiatus.
For the past week and a half my life has been taken over by report cards and parent-teacher conferences. Instead of chatting with friends on Facebook, I’ve been chatting with the parents of my students. Instead of writing blog posts, I’ve been writing report card comments. When I took a break from the chaos of kindergarten assessments and went on a weekend vacation with my family, I continued my internet hiatus, promising myself (and my husband) that I wouldn’t spend our getaway on the computer.
I haven’t updated my Facebook status in over a week, nor have I read friends’ status updates. I haven’t signed on to Twitter in probably 2 weeks. And you know what, I’m wondering exactly how much I’m actually missing. I’m guessing not a whole lot. Which leads me to bigger, more profound questions: Why are we all so addicted to social networking? Why do we waste so many hours staring at a computer screen? What in the world did we all do with our free time before the invention of the internet/email/Facebook/Twitter/YouTube? Does anyone really care if I update my Facebook status multiple times a day? Has anyone even noticed that I haven’t
updated my status lately?
The other night I was watching an episode of “Modern Family” (that show is HILARIOUS!). The family held a contest to see who could last the longest without using technology like cell phones, the internet, and video games. It sounds outrageous, but is it really? When I was a kid, no one had cell phones. The internet didn’t exist. Heck, my family didn’t even own a computer. Ok, maybe I had a Nintendo system, but I didn’t have any of those hand-held gadgets that 4-year-olds walk around with nowadays. Life was different.
What has technology done to us? Why are people so obsessed with social networking that they feel the need to check Facebook and Twitter multiple times a day? (And believe me, I’m not criticizing. As a recovering Facebook addict, I used to be one of those people.) Do we even remember what life was like before computers became our primary means of socializing?
I can honestly say that I haven’t missed Facebook a whole lot. I’m sure my absence has caused me to miss out on friends’ exciting news or important articles I should be reading. But for a whole week I wasn’t a slave to my laptop. And it felt kind of nice.
Now that report cards are out of my hands, and all but 2 of my parent-teacher conferences are behind me, I think I’m going to end my social networking hiatus. I’m curious to see how often I’ll sign on to Facebook and Twitter now that I’ve proven I can live without them. We’ll see!
So if you’ll excuse me, I have to go update my status. See you on Facebook!