Today, what had been fluttering around in the back of my head for a few weeks became solidified into the concrete epiphany that I spend way too much time on social media.
I am constantly being fed instant updates by The Crackberry on new Facebook comments, Twitter notifications, emails from both my Hotmail and Gmail accounts, including messages informing me that I have received new comments on WordPress. I am also constantly hooked up to the internet via my Crackbook (i.e. Macbook). And I just created a new Facebook page for this blog!
While this all seemed to be under control earlier in the year, I now feel as though it’s become my second life. Researcher by day, unstoppable Crackberry Addict by night.
Well, no more, I say. Here and now, the insanity stops.
I have thus devised a plan to ban myself from social media and certain technologies for three days. Call it purging, call it impossible, call it whatever you want. But this is what I’m calling the SM Ban Game Plan:
Days 1 to 4 (Monday to Thursday)
*actually, it starts tonight (Sunday), as soon as I publish this post
— No WordPress
— No Facebook
— No Twitter
— No emails (except for work email of course)
— No BBM
— No YouTube
— If I want to write something (that is not work-related), it must be done the old school way — in a notebook.
Days 1 to 3 (Monday to Wednesday)
— I will turn off all notifications on my Blackberry. The Crackberry will be transformed into — *gasp* — a phone. Calling and texting only.
Day 4 (Thursday)
— Notifications will be turned back on. The Crackberry will resume life. However, this is where I will learn how to ignore the incessant pinging instead of immediately responding to the whims of The Crackberry like the automaton that I have become.
Day 5 (Friday)
— I shall return. Like a groundhog emerging from the … ground … I will exit hibernation with a newfound sense of self and purpose. No longer will I be at the mercy of the Almighty Crackberry.
Shed no tears for me, my friends (well, maybe just a few tears is okay). Leave me some sugar while I’m gone so I can come back to lotsa love, aite my dearests? ;)
Anyone else feel like they have this Crackberry/iCrack problem? How many days without social media would be a challenge for you to take on?
– Cafe <3