I’m still on Facebook . . . barely. I don’t check it nearly as much as I used to and I’ve never been a big fan of it. Most of my friends (the people I know in real life) don’t use it. And over the last three years, I’ve watched a ton of my other friends leave it for various reasons. I’ve contemplated leaving it too and I might someday.
As I pointed out in Can’t Keep Up? 8 Ways to Simplify Your Online Life, I spend a small slice of my life online. And this blog is my primary means for communicating on the Web.
That wasn’t always the case. In past years, I was very active on social media, following the conversations, interacting with the discussions, and watching the online blood baths (mostly between Christians, sadly). But it became a time vampire and I had to make some hard decisions.
So in 2012, I cut my online social media time down drastically to less than 25 minutes each week. And it’s one of the best and wisest decisions I’ve ever made.
That said, I receive hundreds of Facebook “tags,” “notifications,” and “invites” weekly. But many months ago I stopped paying attention to them because I just couldn’t keep up with the volume. None of them reach my Email box either because that function is turned off. I also have all “group” notifications turned off. (If you want to know how to turn off these notifications and/or keep them from reaching your Email inbox, ask me in a comment and I’ll ‘splain.) In like manner, I’m not able to keep up with Twitter tags either for the same reason.
However, even though my interactions are limited on Facebook and Twitter, I’m still accessible. If you wish to contact me, don’t tag me on Facebook or Twitter because I won’t see it. Instead, go to the Contact page on this blog as it explains how to reach me for various purposes.
On that score, the interactions, connections, and relationships I’ve made through this blog over the years have become invaluable to me. And I’m grateful to all of you who subscribe and check-in each day. Making the blog my “home base” (so to speak) and the primary means for communicating online has made a huge difference in uncluttering my life.
If you’re having your own battles with the online clock, you may want to consider streamlining your communications as well. You can still stay connected but be more productive and less distracted at the same time. What online tools you personally use and how you use them will vary for each individual. But streamlining is certainly worth pursuing if you’re having a hard time keeping up with all the noise. And remember, there’s a real world out there beyond this virtual one.