For some time, I have found social media, specifically Facebook, exhausting. I don’t recall the last time I got off of social media and thought to myself, “Wow, that was encouraging!” I do however recall nearly every time, needing Linda to pull me from the dark hole from which I had fallen. Dazed and discouraged, I lift my face from the darkness of Facebook and look to a brighter day in the real world.
I get it. Facebook allows family and friends to connect over hundreds, if not thousands, of miles. You can feel connected and stay up to date on the lives of your loved ones. I understand and can even appreciate that potential. The problem is that you have to wade through a bunch of trash to find the one picture or story that makes you feel an ounce of joy.
I’m tired of the social anxiety that social media produces. I’m tired of others expecting me to interact with them on social media. I’m tired of the facade that is social media. I’m tired of all the whining (and yes, I realize that would probably characterize this post). I’m tired of all the political tirades and the inability to have an actual and intellectual conversation. Social media simply doesn’t allow for that kind of interaction. I likely say this a bit too boldly, but helpful conversation and intellectual thought take time, patience, and attentiveness towards others. Social media simply doesn’t have the ability to facilitate this type of interaction. Social media feeds ignorance.
Therefore, I choose my blog. I don’t really care if anyone reads it. It is basically a way for me to journal the life of my family and a helpful way to chronicle helpful books I’m reading.
We’ll see how this goes. Next step, Amish wool felt hat and a beard with no mustache 😉