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You don’t have to say it. Trust me. I know.

I’ve been a really terrible blogger.

The thing is, I seriously underestimated how much more active life would become once the weather warmed up.

And when it’s this nice outside (72° with the breeziest of breezes), the last thing I want to do is open up my computer to spill my brain about whatever topic sounded like a great idea four weeks prior.

Also, I had to laugh out loud at the state of my planner this morning. So many pre-planned posts have a cute little arrow next to them, pointing to a future date on which I’ll hopefully feel like sitting down to write.

It’s shameful, really.

But this topic. Wooooo, this one has been a long time coming. 40 days to be exact.

I’ve returned to social media and it is WEIRD.

I actually forgot I could hop back on until about 1 p.m. yesterday. At that point, I reluctantly reinstalled the Twitter app, and approximately 10 tweets later, my brain was smoking from the amount of information it had to process.

For the better half of Lent, I wondered how much my peace of mind was imagined versus real. After diving back into those timelines, I can say it was at least 90 percent real.

There is so much—excuse my language—shit on the internet.

And I mean actual crap. Garbage. Junk.

I’m no longer confused as to why real conversations seem so difficult for some people. We’ve all become accustomed to sharing and consuming information 140 characters at a time.

And that’s when there are words! It seems like every channel becomes more consumed by video and pictures every day.

You can call me crotchety, it’s fine. I can be quite pessimistic (to a healthy extent).

In fact…

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You should definitely check out Untamed Roots.

But COME ON. Can you spend more than 30 seconds scrolling through Facebook or Twitter without seeing one thing that makes you roll your eyes or get angry or just be like WTF?

I doubt it.

Unfortunately, that’s not just a Facebook/Twitter thing. Last night, someone shared how heartbroken they were over the news of Robert Godwin Sr.

I was unaware of who he was or how he died, so I googled.

I KID YOU NOT, the first five GOOGLE NEWS results were “5 fast facts you need to know” or something equally stupid and not even from real news sources! But because those articles had the most clicks and shares, they appeared first in my search.

Why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why

A couple of months ago, I touched briefly on the importance of supporting real journalism. Please continue advocating on behalf of those writing well-researched, thoughtful stories. They will save our brains.

But we’re getting off topic. My point is, social media is great for some things and terrible for others.

If you’re looking to keep up with friends and share life updates of your own, perfect. Post cute pics and talk about your new job and keep people informed. It really is awesome that we have the ability to stay connected like that.

But if you ever discover that your timeline is nearly all memes and viral videos, fake news and ads, with no real updates from people you actually know, take a break. Try to figure out what purpose social media serves for you personally.

It really does work wonders.

 

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Title Credit: Mase

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  1. Tricia Rossi DiCampli April 17, 2017 — 9:35 pm

    Looovve this, said Nikki’s aunt

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  2. So true. I’ve been mainly off social media since being on vacation except to post pictures and to wish happy Easter to my family back home. While I was on the hydrofoil yesterday I decided to scroll through Facebook and was just grossed out by all the garbage on there, so many Diply’s and bad meme’s, and horrible “news” articles. I’ve been trying desperately since then to remove every “like” I have (though FB says I have about 15 more than I actually do :thinkingface:) so I can stop feeding the algorithm. If I could really only see the posts of my family and friends that COME from them (no shares, no “they like this” crap) I would really be happy. Miss you APane!

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    • I love everything about screwing the algorithm—new item on my to-do list. But so glad you haven’t completely abandoned sharing! Your pictures have been unreal! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

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  3. Why I don’t do Facebook/Twitter … now you’re getting it!
    Dad

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