We were away for about a week and our hotel had very poor in-room Internet. So I sacrificed my Internet so the kids could watch movies. When I did get online, I quickly checked email and a little social media, and maybe listened to some satellite radio.
The bulk of our time, of course, was spent offline.
Coming back late last night, I did another of those quick email checks, updated Facebook, and went to bed early.
Today I got caught up on social media and wow. I don’t know if it was always like this and I didn’t realize because I saw it every day or if it’s getting worse. I suspect both. Of course, I’ve long seen the vitriol and the level of discourse on news pages, etc. but it’s seeping into people’s personal pages. Snide comments, backhanded compliments, jealousy, covetousness… and it’s only going to get worse as the summer goes and more people do things or go places.
This vacation (which was technically a work trip for my husband), I relied a lot on check-ins, to save the battery on my phone and because I didn’t have the Internet access. I had other friends on vacation too and made sure to like their pictures (mostly because I was genuinely happy for their joy). Now I’m rethinking posting more than maybe a new cover photo because of all the criticism, judging, and general nastiness I’m seeing friends put up with. Hell, I got snarky bullshit with our Disney photos last December.
I did step back from Facebook not long ago. I share less and use it mostly to keep up with people, organizations, and news. But even using it in a limited way doesn’t keep all the stuff I don’t want in my life out of my life.
I’d quit blogging because no matter how innocuous the post, someone would always come along and say some nasty thing, often completely unrelated to the topic and usually personal.
So my plan is to take another big step back. Not that I’ll be here more often but that I’ve found myself preferring G+ and Twitter as far as social media goes. I’m a big fan of the “hide” and the “close friends” features on Facebook and I think I’m going to use them more generously. And I’ll go back to the news pages themselves. People tend not to comment on the stories, just where they’re shared on Facebook.
We had a lovely beach vacation and I came out of it with more than just happy memories and sand in my luggage.
As I was looking for an image for this, George Takei shared this link on Facebook.