Miss Pelican's Perch

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The Sucking Vortex


I have heard it said that social media is the playground of the truly crazy where you will see many pathologies played out in a public arena. As true as that may be, I have also met many sane and wonderful people online who have actually become friends in the real sense. I know people from all over the world who have given generously of their time and wisdom to encourage me in my creative endeavors and to give me sound advice in many personal situations.

Additionally, my creative works would have no way of reaching an audience without social media. I would just be another writer whose works would never leave the confines of a computer hard drive.

Thank goodness for social media, yes?

However, we who are on social media for any length time will eventually discover that there are some terrible drawbacks to playing on this ball field.

Aside from the obvious – dealing with those faceless unknown people whom we will never see with any real clarity and who display their worst behavior – if we play with it long enough, social media will eventually become a soul-sucking addiction.

How much time do we waste reading cat memes and watching the current viral videos instead of actually creating? It is perfectly fine to set aside a few minutes for some entertainment, but for me, this “entertainment” has often gone on for hours, well into the night. (How many of you check for Facebook notifications when you get up at 2 am to pee?)

What does it do to one’s writing skills to have thoughts conveyed in only 150 words at a time?

Dealing with difficult posters can be so emotionally debilitating that one might not have the energy to lift a pen or a paintbrush to create.

We need real-life fodder to fuel our creative endeavors which we will not get if we don’t move our butts away from our computer desks or from our devices to get outside and live a real life.

Recently, I engaged in a spiritual fast which included not only giving up food but also giving up social media for a day. Just a day!   The food was easy. Not signing on to social media for 24 hours was dreadful.  Can we say that I am a tad addicted?   Yes, yes we can.

All this being said, you will see less of me on Facebook. I have simply had enough. Am I gone completely? No, absolutely not. I won’t forsake the exchange of ideas with my cadre of fellow creatives.   I will check frequently but I won’t be on all the time. I am moving my FaceBook and Twitter app icons to the last screen of my device so I don’t see that I have notifications every time I pick up my device. I am turning off the notification alert function on my settings. I will not carry my device around with me wherever I go.

I need to start swimming away from that spinning vortex. My life depends upon it.


4 thoughts on “The Sucking Vortex

  1. Weekends, when I am home, I rarely remember to check Facebook. And I am hardly ever on Twitter at all. During the week, I often have Facebook up, since a lot of my job is hurry up and wait, and it helps pass time. But yes, I can see how it can suck people in. My hubby is on both a lot more than I am, and it gets irritating for me.

    • I never Tweet and only check Twitter when there is some local breaking news. I am like you in that I have FB open at work because there is a lot of hurry up and wait as well. But I find that leads me to having it open as soon as I get home or at night. I have even check notifications in church! No. I have to stop. Thanks for reading.

  2. Hi Lori. I like your thoughts here. I had a major computer melt down about a month ago and have spent very little time online since then. I’ve only just got back to blogging. I found I really wanted the creative inspiration and contact with others blogging gives me. (http://artifactsandfictions.com/2015/04/14/uncertainity-and-the-great-ocean-road/).
    I agree with you about Facebook. I really haven’t missed it while I’ve been offline. It’s a good way to keep in touch with special interest groups I’ve joined and to message friends and family but all the gossip leaves me cold.

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