NaBloPoMo – Nov 19th

Day 19: How much of the day are you plugged in? Do you consciously set aside offline time, or does it happen whenever it happens?

wwwwhhhhhooooooaaaaaaaa boy – Too. Freakin. Much.

I mean, I use a computer for my job, it requires it, but spending time “connected” during my off hours? Yea, I spend entirely too much time “connected”.

Don’t get me wrong. Social media doesn’t run my life. Sure, I love me some Instagram and I’m a member of a couple of FB groups but if someone robs my house, I’m not getting on FB before I call the police. (you laugh, I know some people who do that! FB has had to make the decision of whether they go to the ER or not. I’m being dead freakin serious). I use Facebook and Instagram as my entertainment, not my moral compass.

One of my resolutions of 2013, during Lent as a matter of fact, was to disconnect completely. I didn’t deactivate my account or anything but I took the app off my phone and, since, up until this month, I was rarely on the computer, it made it easy. Funny enough, I didn’t miss it. I didn’t miss the drama and the bullshit. The crazy people with their platforms that they use FB as their soapbox to preach. It was sort of refreshing. I have a feeling I’ll be doing that again during Lent of 2014. I’m not religious but I figure, everyone else gives something up so I can to.

It was nice to concentrate on my family and my school work and to read real books. I ended up blowing through about 14 books on my Nook during Lent. It also helped keep the itinerary down when we left to Baltimore. Because I didn’t post on FB that we’d be there, I didn’t end up with 368369346 invitations and we didn’t spend our entire vacation wishing we were home in Maine. It was the first time we didn’t need a vacation to recover from our vacation. That was nice.

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