Social Media Withdrawal

This is a post about addiction, but it has a political backstory.

Wednesday morning I got up and checked Facebook. The election was over and I saw numerous negative, backbiting comments from too many people in my feed. Whether they were on the Left or Right, it didn’t seem to matter. I haven’t seen so much hate since junior high. Those on the Left were not winning gracefully, and those on the Right were not losing gracefully either. It was a clear example of our divided nation. I found it disgusting. We are better than that.

I made one post that morning, stating that I’d had enough. I don’t remember exactly how I worded it but basically I said that I wouldn’t be on Facebook or Google+ for the rest of the week because I’d had it. I’m tired of this behavior. I do remember my closing statement. I said that we are better than the politicians we despise.

That was Wednesday morning around 7am, Central time. I started getting twitchy yesterday afternoon, going less than 48 hours without checking or posting to Facebook and Google+.

I’m embarrassed to say, I’m going through social media withdrawal! I come across things I want to post. Nothing important – just little trivial stuff! What have I become? Am I just as addicted as I think my teen boy is to his video games? Geez, I couldn’t resist blogging about this. But I didn’t link this post to Facebook… Yes, like an addict, I rationalize my behavior.

What’s happened to me? What’s happened to society? What have we become?

I began my hiatus from Facebook and Google+ as a “week vacation” from the political nonsense. Today, I decided I want to see how long I can go. I’ve even marked off a corner of the whiteboard in my office:

I wonder how long withdrawal symptoms last…

4 thoughts on “Social Media Withdrawal

  1. this last presidential campaign was about the most negative I have ever seen. It is a shame that our country is so divided and battling like children over a toy. Good luck on your break from social media. xx

    1. Thanks. 🙂

      I just got off the phone with my middle niece. She killed her FB account sometime last year. I asked her if she went through “withdrawal” or if it’s just me. She said she had the same problem. But she also pointed out that after the first two weeks, she noticed she reconnected with a closer set of friends on a more personal level.

      It reminded me of a TED talk from last April on how we’re “connected” yet we maintain that isolation. It’s called “Alone Together”. Here’s the link:

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