I spend a lot of time on social media. Part of it is an effort to get people to read my blog or listen to the Anchor stuff I’ve recorded. Part of is is checking certain Twitter feeds for specific news. A lot of it is habit and possibly addiction. I’ve always spent a lot of time on social media. When I worked in the jail I worked alone. I used social media on breaks to stay connected to the world outside of jail. When I started working at the public library it was something to do when I didn’t have any customers. I spent some time toward the end of my time at the library creating social media posts for the library’s Facebook and Twitter page. It has been a consistent part of my life for years. Now that I am home all day, picking up my iPad to look at Facebook or Twitter when I hit a snag with writing is even easier. I also tend to pick up my phone or iPad way to much at night when I am watching TV. My need of a break, though, is less to do with that and more to do with how it can affect my mood because of what is there.
My Facebook feed has become more suggested post and posts from pages I’ve liked and less posts from friends and family. I can probably fix part of this by unfollowing some pages.
When I do see posts from actual people I see more arguments about politics, Mr. Potato Head, Dr Seuss, etc. and less pictures of their families or less antagonistic posts. I might be guilty of this as well.
People will comment on posts that have nothing to do with politics with political comments.
People unfriend people for political reasons.
Twitter has people on both sides desperately trying to justify the bad things their “side” has done. Yesterday I saw people still saying they needed more information before they decided that Cuomo is truly an asshole. We had four years of people justifying Trump’s actions.
I still look at the Covid numbers each evening on Twitter. No matter how good the report is the replies are full of people declaring the next wave is here are we are all going to die.
Instagram seems to be the only social media that doesn’t annoy me these days.
Will I take a break? Probably not. I will try to unlike pages on Facebook. Maybe hide some people who only post about politics. I will work on making my Twitter feed more pleasant. I will stop reading comments. I will try to break the habit of checking it as much as I do. The nice weather will help. I can leave my electronics inside when I go outside to read.
I need a break but I doubt I will take one.