|I need more of this|
It's so much easier to *read* about crafting while I veg in front of the computer than actually sit down in the craft room and work actively on a project. I can pretend like I'm informed about current events and social injustices by reading links friends have shared on Facebook, without actually *doing* anything to right wrongs in the world, in whatever small way I might be able to help.
I can claim I'm "keeping in touch" with friends as I passively read their updates about new babies, parenting challenges and cool jobs, without actually seeing them in person, chatting with them on the phone or exchanging a detailed personal email. Or (gasp!) a handwritten letter.
I'm starting to feel like Facebook is like an adult version of preschool, where a bunch of kids are all together in a room and learning how to interact with each other. We're all shouting things out about ourselves, without really taking turns like you would in a one on one conversation, or just shutting up and listening quietly while someone tells their whole story. It's loud and chaotic. Everyone is only listening with half an ear, while they talk themselves.
Sure, I have made and strengthened friendships on Facebook as I've written before. I've gotten some great parenting advice there. But right now it's just overwhelming. How many different articles do I need to read about the Boston bombers or gender inequality? Do I really need 17 affirmations every day about how awesome I am, in fonts and colors that make my eyes hurt?
I'm starting to feel the same way about blogging. I do love reading posts that are useful to me, especially time management and parenting topics. But I'm finding myself in that same rut, where I'm desperately reading every new time management book or post I can get my hands on in an attempt to structure and control this new stay-home life I'm in.
My new genre is apparently "mommy time management" books and blogs. And I know, they're probably meant for dads too, but most dads I know don't spend time reading about this stuff, they just jump in and do whatever they think is right. I need more of that kind of action right now.
The irony of posting this on my personal blog is not lost on me. How many people really need to see my scrapbook pages? Or the photos I post on Instagram? I can say proudly that we don't have TV in our house, but we have more than 12 Internet-enabled devices (seriously). If I'm sitting in front of those all day, is that really any better?!
I'm saturated by all this media, social and otherwise. I need to figure out my path through it. I think for now it might involve turning a lot of it OFF. This is different from our "tech sabbath" where we did the "no screen" thing for 24 hours (and didn't quite make it). This is more of a selective process, trying to decide what I need and want from the chaos. Email obviously will stay, since I'm job hunting. But the rest of the "infotainment"? I think it has to go.