I’m trying to figure out what to do about facebook.
Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the ability to connect with people I care about, to easily share photos with family in other states, to record my memories in a single place that I can access from almost anywhere. But what I DON’T like is the way I get sucked in, that I scroll and scroll and scroll, hungry ghosting for that distraction, that escape. I don’t like the amount of time that I spend on the site, and the way I feel depleted and empty afterwards.
For the past week, I’ve been limiting my time there. I didn’t delete the app, but I removed it from my main phone screen so that I have to go into the menu and pull it up. I’ve been going in and checking the things I actually care about: I offer birthday greetings from the events menu in the morning, then I check my running group and the school PTA group for any news, and then I flip through my lists of family and close girlfriends (most of whom don’t post that much). After following that schedule for the past week-ish, I’ve come to the realization that the people I care most about hearing from don’t put all that much content up. They are good about responding to ME, but I’m not actually getting a lot of news from them in that channel.
I need to make time to go through and make some really detailed lists of people (hey, who else is remembering those “circles” from google+ as I say that?) so that I can a) control my privacy settings and who gets access to what and b) limit my content consumption to the things I really want to know/see. The other thing I need to do is figure out how to entertain myself. I caught myself checking into fb at lunch because I was sitting at my desk and didn’t have anything else to distract my attention as I ate. We don’t have a breakroom to eat in, so if I don’t go out to lunch, I try to at least log off my computer and sit at the empty side my desktop for an hour. Sometimes I write or bring a book to read, but sometimes I just want to let my brain relax. And I let the fb scroll do that for me – not helpful. I need a better habit to engage in.
[footnote: dealing with just facebook reminds me of why I don’t do twitter. Too much work to manage all those different people!]
How do you handle your consumption/interaction with social media platforms?