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For those of you who don’t know, I gave up the internet (as much as possible without hindering my schoolwork) for Lent. This meant Twitter, Facebook, blogging, reading other blogs, mindlessly surfing because I was bored, etc. I still did stuff for school and still checked email but on a much less frequent basis. I have to say it was very refreshing in many ways.

For one thing, I had a lot more time on my hands. (Which could be good or bad!) I think I was able to use most of it for good. 😉 I got more reading done, focused on my schoolwork more, finally sewed the pillows that I promised Shane almost a year ago I would make for the living room, and just had more time in general to be a productive human being. (I think I also reduced my eye strain. 😛 ) It’s not that the internet is bad but it can eat up a LOT of my time if I’m not careful. And I don’t realize just how much until I take a break from it.

For another thing, I found myself a lot less annoyed with people. I don’t get angry very easily but I can get irritated pretty quickly, depending on the day. Particularly on Twitter, it is too easy to judge someone for a short little 140 post that really tells me nothing. And as things like FourSquare become more and more popular, there is just more reason for me to be annoyed. (FourSquare makes *slightly* more sense to me now that I know it is a game but I still think it is asinine to tell people where you are all the time.) So in order to bring more peace into my life, I am going to be severely limiting my use of Twitter, if I use it at all.

Finally, I was able to realize through all of this that I use the internet (especially Twitter and Facebook) as a way to be lazy in my friendships. Instead of picking up the phone to call Jenn and see what’s going on in her day, I log into Facebook or Twitter and read about it there. I read people’s blogs to find out what they (supposedly) think or believe about things. I send an email to my grandmother to catch up with her instead of making a phone call. Why? Because all of this is so much faster and easier than taking the time to make a phone call, write a letter, have an in-person conversation. So on top of being more judgmental of people, I also neglect my friendships with them. Now granted, last year was pretty much hell and in many respects I *had* to pull away from people so that I could find myself again. But I think that I have found my footing again and can reach out to those I love. So I’m going to try. I won’t do it perfectly but I want to do it better than I have.

I’m not going to shut down my Twitter account and I may still use it from time to time. But I will not be checking it regularly and I won’t be tweeting much. So if you need to get a hold of me or want me to see something, text or call me. I had thought about shutting down Facebook and not blogging anymore as well. But I think I just want to limit the time I’m on Facebook (and not use it to an excuse to be lazy). As for this blog, it’s cathartic for me and for some reason people have found some of my posts helpful. If my blabbering helps someone, then I want that to be there for them.  If it pisses someone off, well, it’s my blog and these are my thoughts and opinions so you can suck it. 😉

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Just for the record, this is not meant to condemn those of you who use Facebook and Twitter and even Foursquare. I don’t think I’m better than you because of this decision. It is simply a decision I have made for myself. There, that should fend off the pissy comments about Foursquare. 😉

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