The fast got me thinking a lot about my media usage, even more than I have been already. I have been going through a personal Social Media recoil (for lack of a better term). I'm wanting to dismiss most of Facebook, mostly because the voyeurism and false reality that I find there makes me really wonder about the healthiness of it all. Twitter is too fast paced and gives me a stress headache to try and keep up, so I am left with blogging and Pinterest (which do still make me happy). The media fast was great for reminding me that living without these services is ok, in fact it was once normal, and for me, going without is something I should continue to do as much as I feel like I need to. Shedding is enlightening, though in departing, I have started to truly think that Facebook addiction exists (as in medically) and that lots of people might have it —.and it might be a real social problem in our future.
I also keep wondering if my own re-coil is completely my own or if I might be part of a bigger trend that will lead to even more evolved tools and ways of social interaction. I'm curious, are these tools still as appealing now as maybe they once were? Or are you, like me, finding that they changed your life in ways that you aren't entirely liking?
I am still working though the piles of papers that get stashed. We have a cabinet in the kitchen dedicated to bills and important stuff that needs to get filed. But the problem is that the files don't really exist, so the 'needs to get filed' pile has overrun the cabinet and frequently spills out onto the counter below. This cleanout is a huge and daunting task (at least to my organizationally-challenged self). I've started, but not finished, but I did fully clean out two purses. They were each bordering on 10+ lb behemoths and were filled with the oddest collections of non-necessities. I have been loosing credit cards and IDs in these messes on a regular basis for years, largely because I haven't (as a grown woman) ever embraced the concept of a wallet. When I was younger, I thought it was old-ladyish and un-spontaneous to have a big clunky wallet, and I used cigarette cases (sparingly) and pockets instead (I thought I was so cool).
(Images: Rochelle Greayer)