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Facebook Decision

I’ve decided not to sign up for Facebook. I don’t want to spend more time online. I spend about 1 hour these days reading feeds and posting to LS and that’s going to be it for me.

Also, I’m probably going to delete my Twitter account. I’m just not cut out for this online social stuff. Priorities, priorities.

Here’s what gets me off: Last Saturday morning. Hallie and I sitting at Starbucks. She’s drinking chocolate milk and I’m enjoying a cafe Americano. We’re talking about camp, ballet, her friends, and her brother. Priceless.

8 Responses to “Facebook Decision”

  1. Jason Crabtree
    July 19, 2007 at 9:09 am #

    You’re a good man. I’ve done the same thing recently in my life. I check out the flavor of the week for a while, but it gets old fast. And like you said: Priorities, priorities. Heck I don’t even update my blog much anymore. I’d rather spend my time experiencing it than talking about it.

  2. Steve Campion
    July 19, 2007 at 9:17 am #

    Balance is important in life. A little of this; a little of this; a bit more of that. Setting an online time limit for yourself is good. Setting aside time for serendipity is, as you say, priceless.

  3. Walt Crawford
    July 19, 2007 at 9:21 am #

    I’m sorry, is this the same Steven Cohen badgering me and others to start Twittering?

    Let me just echo what Steve C. says, and congratulate you on the shift.

  4. Steven Chabot
    July 19, 2007 at 11:13 am #

    Just start reading books again–see how amazing that can be! 🙂

    I think a lot of us are coming to realize that the Internet is not the be-all and end-all.

  5. Molly
    July 19, 2007 at 11:19 am #

    I love this thread… The only twittering I want to listen to after a day spent working with technology is my 5 and 3.5 year-olds trying to explain their latest insect find (yikes) or what new thing they learned about dinasaurs.

    Priorities, indeed.

  6. Peter Bromberg
    July 19, 2007 at 12:55 pm #

    As someone that Stephen badgered (I’d say “enthusiastically encouraged”) to get on Twitter I think your decision sets a good example.

    It’s important to jump in and try new technologies, explore, play, evaluate, and then determine whether or not they have a place in our lives. You may delete your Twitter account, but you can’t delete your first-hand knowledge of how Twitter works; how much fun it be; how it can create new relationships and strengthen old ones; the time it can suck up…

    Thanks for getting me going on Twitter Stephen. See you in another space soon 🙂

  7. walt crawford
    July 19, 2007 at 3:59 pm #

    Peter: I’d disagree that we all (each and every one) need to jump in to try every new technology (if that’s what you’re saying); life really is too short and too important.

    If you’re saying that it’s useful to try new things once in a while–I certainly agree. Within reason and as time and energy permits. And relying on others to report on the things we don’t have time or energy for…

    I did, as it happens, try Twitter (and blogged about it). For me, it was neither fun, nor created new relationships, nor strengthened old relationships. Different people, different affordances, different results.


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