I’m not sure how long it’s been since I cut the Facebook and Twitter social media cords. Maybe a year and some change now, could be two years. I’ve recently cut my Yahoo news feed as well. I got rid of TV at the house a year and some change ago as well. I don’t miss any of them.
BUT. I am now pretty much cut off from my extended family. We weren’t all that close to begin with so Facebook became a way for us to keep in touch that didn’t involve the expense of a regularly scheduled family reunion. There was also a small enclave of writer “friends” with whom I only kept up with via Facebook; I find I miss their humor and occasional story posts. I’m also lacking now in a way to promote my books for ‘free’. Networking and connecting with new readers, writers, agents, and publishers is effectively cut off as well seeing as how I don’t have the money yet to attend writer’s conferences and such.
AND THEN. There’s really no way to interact with my fitness communities (FitBit and Nerd Fitness). Nerd Fitness has a forum type deal but I can’t seem to get the hang of how to use it effectively. Not to mention everyone there seems to be mid twenties to mid thirties in age. Seeing as how I’m on the greater-than side of my mid-forties, there’s not a lot to chat about with that crowd on the whole, know what I mean? However, I’m betting on Facebook there’s a bigger community and better chance of coming across someone my age whose on the same fitness journey and finding that it’s an uphill climb once one gets into their 40’s – seriously, what sense does it make to human evolution to slow one’s metabolism down as they get older? Was it nature’s way of fattening up the old so they would satisfy the predators for longer periods of time allowing the younger cave dwellers to live to exist another day?
ON TOP OF THAT. I find out that one of my all time favorite comics in life, Bloom County is back (Thank you blogger, The Spectacled Bean, for the heads up), but is only being published through Berkeley Breathed’s (I have always thought that must be a pen name, lol…No offence Mr. Breathed. Love your work!) Facebook page. I am deeply saddened at not being able to read it daily unless I save the link to Mr. Breathed’s FB and check it EVERYDAY.
So do I do it? Do I go back to the pictures of dead men lying in the street, the graphic videos showing humans at their most idiotic and barbaric worst? Or how about the hidden racist views, the hate, the bullying, all not so cleverly disguised as innocent comments? Do I wade through all that just to find a few rare positive connections, comments, posts, and pics? Hmmmmm.
Who am I kidding – not even Opus is worth going back to that. Sigh.