Guess what? I finally found my life, such as it is, and it wasn't packed away in an old shoebox on the back closet shelf! No, all I had to do was sign off of Facebook for 6 weeks. Not only did I survive (the first week was the hardest), but also my mood improved—vastly!
It makes a difference to quit putting all that negativity and anger in one's mind. As the programmers of the olden days used to say, "GIGO—garbage in, garbage out."
Yes, I miss not having that 'instant' knowledge of what my friends and family are doing, but they have my email, and I have theirs. I'm confident that if anything important happens, we'll let each other know. I still sign onto FB, but not nearly as often as I used to.
I never did get used to tweeting, though I think I have an account. I used to have one, but haven't checked it out in months. Hmmm, maybe it's been years?
In discussing GIGO, it's also tied to some depressions. Several years ago, one of my girlfriends became terribly depressed and went to see her doctor for some happy pills. He talked to her, and suggested instead, an alternative treatment for a couple weeks and if that didn't work, then he'd write her a prescription. She agreed to try his idea. She turned off the news, and within a week, was back to her usual happy self. It wasn't that she actually watched it, and paid attention to it, but it was on all the time. All that sadness, anger, hurt of the world found its way into her head, and there was nothing she could do about it. If I find myself getting depressed, I turn off the news. It makes a difference.
Yes, my friends, there is life beyond FB, Twitter, and all the other social media platforms. A life that is truly worth living—and its precious gift of time; time to write, to bake, to laugh, to love. Honest. Trust me. (Would I lie to you?)
A friend just sent me a link to a fascinating article, Our minds can be hijacked: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/05/smartphone-addiction-silicon-valley-dystopia I've read lots of articles out there about the evils of modern technology, and most of the ones read were not as well thought out, or researched, as this one. Here's a quote: " A few years ago Marcellino, 33, left the Bay Area, and is now in the final stages of retraining to be a neurosurgeon. He stresses he is no expert on addiction, but says he has picked up enough in his medical training to know that technologies can affect the same neurological pathways as gambling and drug use. “These are the same circuits that make people seek out food, comfort, heat, sex,” he says."
A good article, and one I can't argue with. Never thought about it being "addictive" but just a "time sink."
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