Giving up social media for lent
Well its lent, and its time to give something up. Technically speaking one should be fasting and on some food diet, and if one wants to do lent old school, one should follow a Greek Orthodox diet (its so complicated, you need a priest to explain it ).
Personally I am doing this not from a religious point at all, I am simply doing this as a social media experiment, and so, here it goes, I am giving up FB and Twitter, foursquare, etc, for lent.
First, my reasons why I think this is a good idea
10) A break from it all has got to be good!
9) A time to see what it was like before the madness started
8 ) Less urge to keep checking the phone
7) Maybe I can go a full day without recharging my iPhone
6) Time to connect with people for real, wanna socialize? Lets go for a beer, or pick up the phone and lets chat, or email, say something more than 140 characters long
5) More quality time with others, you get my 100% undivided attention
4) Would anyone care? Really? If you stop tweeting tomorrow for 40 days, will the sky fall? I don’t think so, I dont think many will notice, lets see..
3) I want to see if I lose followers, I am no social media super star, but if I disappear for a while, what will happen, anything?
2) More family time. Many times, I find that people and myself included are half tuned to the world around them, always on email, on FB, on Twtr. This will surely help
1) I want to be social again. The number one reason to take a break is this. As I go to events, from private dinners to big gatherings, people in the room don’t talk to each other, everyone is on the phone, fingers doing the talking. Social media has made people really anti-social in real life. I want to be social
Here are my rules:
No FB. No tweeting, no foursquare, nothing. If you message me and don’t get an answer I am sorry, you have to wait. If you need to get a hold of me, post a reply on this blog post and I will track you down offline and we can chat for real.
So who is with me? Are you social enough to take an social media break?