Three, Two, One…Logout

My time on social media is almost over.  I will be deactivating my Facebook account soon.  What I find most interesting since I made this announcement are the opinions being expressed by others regarding my decision.  It reminds me of the forces of good and evil battling for my soul.

The pro-decision folk are very understanding. They support my decision wholeheartedly.  Their encouragement is invaluable.

The anti-decision folk can’t understand how I can live without a Facebook and ask me repeatedly if I’m sure I want to do this.  I am sure. There is no reason to “miss me”. I’m still alive, connected to technology, and can be easily contacted.

If someone wanted to quit drinking should they be encouraged to go to a party where alcohol would be found? This example may be extreme but Facebook is addicting, too.  Once login happens, the scrolling and clicking begins it’s hard to stop. If you don’t believe me try a Facebook fast.  How long can you go without logging on?  Can you limit yourself to only 15 minutes a day?  It’s easy to get caught in the time suck of cyberspace. Other than Shabbos when all electronics are off, can you go for multiple days in a row without without it? I challenge you.

I must admit my fingers don’t always know what to do with themselves.  They have become accustomed to tapping the keyboard and jiggling a mouse daily for a decade. There is an energy that needs to be redirected.

So what have I been doing instead? Less time on my tush means getting up and dancing with my kids, coloring, listening to lectures from Torah Anytime and The Shmuz and exercising.

Since 7th grade there is a quotation I have loved and hold dear to my heart by e.e. cummings:

To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

Thanks for reading.

Karen T.K.K.

July 5, 2017

 

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