Social Media: Day One

Pompoms, berries and leaves in a gutter. They have nothing to do with social media, except that I didn't post this photo anywhere but here. 

Pompoms, berries and leaves in a gutter. They have nothing to do with social media, except that I didn't post this photo anywhere but here. 

One Down

Day One wasn't too bad. I worried that I'd left some people hanging, waiting for a response to Facebook messages, but I didn't check. 

When Eric got home from work, he said, "Did you see Terry wrecked his bike again?" And of course I hadn't seen anything. Our friend Terry is a cyclist and photographer (he took the head shot on my "about" page) who lives in Southern California. He collided with another cyclist who crossed the center line on a trail and tore a tendon in hand, broke a bone (bones, maybe?) in his hand, broke his collar bone and a shoulder blade, and has lots of road rash. Eric read the Facebook posts to me; otherwise I wouldn't know. 

So I sent Terry a text instead of commenting on a Facebook post like I usually would have. 

"The Town"

And we watched a movie. I know normal people watch movies all of the time, but we manage to see maybe a few a year, on a good year. I borrowed a movie from a coworker (thanks, Frank!) a few days ago, had been meaning to watch it, and the opportunity just happened to coincide with my first day of no social media. "The Town" was good - lots of action, smart criminals (my favorite kind) and a good ending, even if what happened in the end couldn't have happened in real life. I know why they do that when they make movies, and it happens in books sometimes, too, but it's annoying all the same. 

But I'll Never See You Again!

The only real frustration I felt yesterday was when I was checking out other web pages I'd found through email and seeing that I could follow them on Facebook or Instagram, and having to skip liking them for the time being, which means I'll forget all about them. 

Besides the texts, the only other thing I can say definitely happened because I wasn't reading Facebook is that I read more before falling asleep. Using my phone in bed is a habit I need to break anyhow and maybe now's the time to make that happen. I fall asleep sooner if I'm reading a book (even if it's on the Kindle) than I do if I'm messing with my phone. They say people sleep better, too, if they're not looking at a screen before they fall asleep, but I haven't noticed that to be true for me. But I value reading and always want to make changes that will result in more reading time. 

Read more about this challenge: 

Week Six: Social - No Social Media

  1. Day One
  2. Day Two (and reasons to give up Facebook)
  3. Days Three & Four (and reasons to like social media)
  4. Days Five & Six
  5. Day Seven