Social Media Sabbatical

Social Media Sabbatical

This weekend marks my one-year anniversary of marriage. It’s crazy to think that the awesome wedding weekend and subsequent honeymoon was a year ago but, to celebrate, we will be going away for a week. It may not be quite as fancy as Antigua, but we plan to replicate the “wireless” vacation in that we will be disconnected – no social media. And, once it’s over, I’m going to continue with that plan.

This is because, frankly, my social media habits have gotten a bit out of control. I will freely admit that I spend way too much time between Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, and the recently discovered Reddit. Too much, to the point that I’ve decided it’s time to make a change. You see, for a while now, I’ve wanted to undertake some personal improvement but have become too distracted by so many meaningless things. And while Today I Learned is very interesting, it’s not exactly adding to my skillset in any capacity (other than random tidbits to share with my wife).

So, this weekend, when we both go dark on social media, I will maintain that darkness after the vacation, focusing that free time and energy towards learning new skills that will help me in the future.

I have previously had periods of “no Facebook” over the last several years — the last one ending shortly after the wedding, as I returned and wanted to see all the wedding pictures that were posted. During these, I’ve still been active on both Twitter and Facebook; this time, it will not be so. My social media sabbatical this time will extend across Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Reddit, and so forth. I’ll probably still use Foursquare to check into places I go, but that hardly takes my time or focus like the others I’ve mentioned.

 

Texting

This is where we’re at, people.

I can’t pretend that another part of this isn’t motivated by the above image’s implications. But, while I do long for the days before social media — when actual intimate relationships were cultivated by way of interpersonal actions (such as just calling to say hello instead of relying on texting) —  I know I’ll be back eventually; I’m not here declaring I’m leaving forever or that social media is something everyone should discard. Rather, this is a social media sabbatical of indefinite length until such time I feel I’m ready to return. So, for those that know me only from Facebook, it’s just another temporary departure. But beyond that, it’s really a complete blackout.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not going to be hiding away in a cabin in the woods (although that does sound amazing). I will still be reachable via phone (and yes, text and email)and I may even update my blog more frequently, too. I’ll still be using Gchat and Skype throughout the day as well (it’s the means of communication at my job). So while I won’t be on social media platforms, I’ll still be around. Give me a call sometime.

 

Calling

Remember when people actually called each other?


This weekend marks my one-year anniversary of marriage. It’s crazy to think that the awesome wedding weekend and subsequent honeymoon was a year ago but, to celebrate, we will be going away for a week. It may not be quite as fancy as Antigua, but we plan to replicate the “wireless” vacation in that we will be disconnected – no social media. And, once it’s over, I’m going to continue with that plan.

This is because, frankly, my social media habits have gotten a bit out of control. I will freely admit that I spend way too much time between Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, and the recently discovered Reddit. Too much, to the point that I’ve decided it’s time to make a change. You see, for a while now, I’ve wanted to undertake some personal improvement but have become too distracted by so many meaningless things. And while Today I Learned is very interesting, it’s not exactly adding to my skillset in any capacity (other than random tidbits to share with my wife).

So, this weekend, when we both go dark on social media, I will maintain that darkness after the vacation, focusing that free time and energy towards learning new skills that will help me in the future.

I have previously had periods of “no Facebook” over the last several years — the last one ending shortly after the wedding, as I returned and wanted to see all the wedding pictures that were posted. During these, I’ve still been active on both Twitter and Facebook; this time, it will not be so. My social media sabbatical this time will extend across Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Reddit, and so forth. I’ll probably still use Foursquare to check into places I go, but that hardly takes my time or focus like the others I’ve mentioned.

 

Texting

This is where we’re at, people.

I can’t pretend that another part of this isn’t motivated by the above image’s implications. But, while I do long for the days before social media — when actual intimate relationships were cultivated by way of interpersonal actions (such as just calling to say hello instead of relying on texting) —  I know I’ll be back eventually; I’m not here declaring I’m leaving forever or that social media is something everyone should discard. Rather, this is a social media sabbatical of indefinite length until such time I feel I’m ready to return. So, for those that know me only from Facebook, it’s just another temporary departure. But beyond that, it’s really a complete blackout.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not going to be hiding away in a cabin in the woods (although that does sound amazing). I will still be reachable via phone (and yes, text and email)and I may even update my blog more frequently, too. I’ll still be using Gchat and Skype throughout the day as well (it’s the means of communication at my job). So while I won’t be on social media platforms, I’ll still be around. Give me a call sometime.

 

Calling

Remember when people actually called each other?


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Jason L. Hubsch

Jason L. Hubsch

I love music, video games, comic books, pro wrestling, politics, and God -- and not necessarily in that order! If you like any of these, chances are we'll get along.

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