Sunday, April 7, 2013

My Name is Keith and I am a Social-Media-Holic

I Tweet, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest like crazy! I never realized until recently how much I do it. While at my family’s house last week during Easter weekend, my nephew Jake came up to me and said “Uncle Keith, I think you should put your phone away and come and play”. It was adorable but also eye-opening. I really am involved in social media WAY too much.

Social media does have some positives (I get a lot of breaking news through Twitter, and Facebook is great for staying in touch with distant family), so I am not advocating an anti-social media stance. But I do think we are sometimes over-reliant on it.

Are you over-reliant on social media?

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  1. I don't think I am over-reliant on social media. I have lost interest in Pinterest and Instagram, dropped my Twitter account when too many people I didn't even know started to follow me...LOL. I do pay attention to Facebook, but mostly I enjoy the blogosphere. Hope you went and played Legos!!

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  2. I'm only on a couple sites, but I do find blogging takes a lot of my time. Especially this month. Will need a break after the Challenge!

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  3. Like Mary, I also lost interest, esp. in FB and Twitter. I still like blogging but I cut back of that too. There's even life beyond the blog. Spend another weekend at your sister's and leave the electronics at home. :)

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  4. Blogging is my primary social media but I feel like I get so much from it that I would hate to not do it. I've made friends, contacts, received advice. It's a lot more than just entertainment for me. Facebook I've only recently gotten back into and I'm finding, like you, the newsfeed is really handy and it keeps me in touch with people I wouldn't otherwise see. I admit though I've stayed away from all other social media, my time is limited as it is and I really wouldn't want to miss out on a fabulous game of lego. :)

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  5. I am not into FB anymore and less on twitter ~ I am more on the computer/blogger though ~ But I do agree, all these social media are very time consuming and sometimes we just need to take a break once in a while. I think self-realization is the first step to breaking out of the social media web ~

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  6. not any more...i gave up FB over 2 years ago and it freed life up tremendously....and twitter...when i think about it but it def doesnt have its hooks in me...i am more a blogger...i think we def have to think about why we do it...something i have been pondering greatly the last little bit...

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  7. My family occassionally make snarly comments about me being on my iPad way too much. But ive learnt to just ignore them........

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  8. I only glance at one or two news sites, but I find I do check my blog and email more than I'd like to. I don't know what I'd do if I was on Twitter and Facebook etc! :)

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  9. What a wise nephew you have. I have to wonder if you will have to remind him of the same in a few years.

    I don't do Twitter or Instagram but feel I do spend too much time hooked in to the computer. I'm trying to make improvements. Life is too short not to be with people.

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    1. The nephew is wise indeed, and let us hope he does not need reminding in a few years :-)

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  10. I'm on Twitter, but don't really use it much (don't know how). I still use FB, but I skim most of it. Of course, I blog, which I enjoy. I'm on Pinterest, but have no idea how to use it or do it. The internet is a habit for me, but I keep it under pretty good control: probably no more than an hour or two (max) per day, some days hardly at all.

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  11. I don't even own a cell phone! find it difficult to express myself in 124 characters and, really, have less than five friends who give a rip about me. No, I am born out of Century.

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  12. Keith -- I'm like you. I am constantly checking Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and the blogs I follow. Pinterest -- not so much, but I occasionally take a look.

    It started as book promotion. I don't blather about my books all the time (that's spamming), but staying active in social networks and participating in the general conversation gives me some name recognition.

    Then, um, it became addictive.

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  13. I used to be ... but then when we would go out for dinner, I would notice other parents/kids around me at other tables, and all they were doing is all glued to their phones and not talking to each other -- and I was like... WOW!!! That's what we look like too -- so now I have a rule that none of the peeps in my family are allowed to have phones/devices out when we are having dinner out :) We now talk to each other at dinner :)

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  14. I started using facebook in 2011, just a few months before college was about to end. Mostly to keep in touch with college and school friends.

    Now I am hooked to facebook, stackoverflow and news.ycombinator.com, but not too much twitter since not a lot of my friends are there yet. Would love to ditch facebook when they get to twitter.

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  15. My posst go to Facebook and Twitter but I rarely visit those sites. I am a blogaholic as I have 3 Blogger sites and 3 Wordpress sites. I really don't keep them up to date.
    I have never visited Pinterest.

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  16. As one of your Facebook friends, I'm always amazed at how quick you respond to one of my comments. You are so funny! I enjoy you on Facebook and Blogging. You have a unique way about you to make anyone who is friends with you to feel special. I love that about you!

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  17. I rarely Twitter and am not on Instagram or Pinterest, but I do love Facebook and blogging. I do try to limit my time out there as real life is fun too.

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  18. I don't rely on social media at all...while I have a twitter account I still do not understand the point of, nor do I 'get' Pinterest either...I've got my blog and 16 FB friends - it's more than enough for me...

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  19. Pinterest is my inspiration in almost every aspect of my life. There, I said it! Twitter I don't get. I have an account, I've tried, and I've failed.

    When Mine Became Ours

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  20. That story gives me a sense of hope. I always assumed that the younger generation would get deeper and deeper into social media... but perhaps because they've grown up with it, they'll use it sensibly and it'll just be one part of their lives. Whereas because it suddenly developed over the past few years, us oldies have abused it. Like TV.

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  21. I don't think I'm bad with it at all. I use Facebook mostly for staying in touch with my church and keeping up to date with them since I'm a little far away, and also for my friends up north. I've never used Twitter, I don't have an iPhone so I've never used Instagram. I use Pinterest purely for my own uses to get ideas/learn. I think I follow maybe one person on there. It's definitely not a *social* website for me. I'm more addicted to Blogger than anything else! I wish I knew more people on it, hahah.

    I can say this though, especially being in the non-smart-phone group: You guys definitely isolate yourselves! I'm used to being the one by myself at a party talking to the cat, but now I'm by myself because I'm not looking at my phone. I don't even bring my own phone with me places half the time. I just don't get it.

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  22. Definitely not....I am not on facebook, don't have the tweets, my google + is a minus, I've refused linedin requests..howeveer...I AM addicted to blogger.

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  23. Twitter I use a bit here and there at my lair. But facebook, hell no, hate that junk, google plus, pinterest, linkedin and all the other junk, pfft to that too. Blogging it is mostly at my zoo, but yeah posting every single day can be a time suck haha

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  24. I used to be a much more active blogger then sort of moved reluctantly to Facebook and Twitter...I'm not a fan of Twitter and FB has lost a lot of it's appeal which isn't saying much with me...somehow I still manage to waste too much time on the computer though...go figure.

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  25. I try not to be over-reliant on social media, but still find I just can't do without it.
    Perhaps I need to live as a hermit for a week or so! lol

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  26. Interestingly i thought that about you, that like many you were so much in demand for connection, communication, affection, but because somewhat socially awkward, or the inner feeling to be different and want something different than the "normal life", it is difficult to get satisfied in the real world, a real bond with someone is just very difficult to create because humans are just so affraid and negatively judgmental (the two are intertwined), and sometimes aggressively unconscious, and so you relied on those virtual palliatives to try to fullfill that need in you, obviously even if the virtual world can be useful, let's open eyes it's totally not satisfying (hence the use of the word "palliatives"), it's so common, i did this too, as i dream of real sincere connections with my fellow human beings, i'm thinking about writing a post to invite anyone that can be open and desireful to communicate to come to my place here in France, "just come meet me and speak", easy as that, let's create a real bond in the real world, that's what i want and that's why i took some distance with writing a blog, but my love for people and communication is stronger than ever.(maybe some can relate)
    So you open your eyes on that trait about you, it's necesarily for the best.
    (please don't take this text as me judging your life, it was just a harmless perception that i kept silent because it's not of my concern, but because you wrote about it and that i read you, i felt to disclose my thoughts, peace to you and everyone else!)

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  27. No, I'm not~~I don't find it all that interesting. I love my online connections but they are few and far between. I guess I don't invest all that much...

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  28. Nah, but I do love facebook. Some of my friends' and family's posts make me laugh out loud and a single photo or one line can help you stay in touch far easier than a boring old Christmas card and photocopied generic letter ever could.

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  29. Eye contact ... priceless. We can find ourselves in so many ways. For me so stunning. Network of human relationships- pure magic ...

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  30. Yes, I Tweet, FB, and Blog like crazy. Thankfully I have stopped myself from opening an account on Pinterest because I just don't need more to do at this point. I spend too many hours online as it is. lol I check my email several times a day, I check fb and twitter several times a day and I love getting comments on my blog. I have an account of Google plus and Linked In but I hardly ever use them..I don't have as much fun there as twitter, fb and my blog.

    I think I might blog too much. I put up something new everyday and have most posts already written and scheduled 30 in advance. So yeah, I spend too much time online.

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  31. -chuckle- Did I write my entry first, and you followed? Or the other way round? ,-) Whatever... We are touching on the same HOT-SPOT-TOPIC. Here, and in this post of mine, scroll down...

    Now, my Dear Man, "Auntie" has a gentle hint for you. :-)))) Me thinks you would really like to change your "Status", from "None" to "Committed Relationship". *Social Media* is not the way to go.

    What do you really, really like to do with your time, when you are not working, or doing 'necessary' stuff??? NO, don't you dare say, surf the Net and phone and any available electronic device. You have simply become addicted to techy stuff, without your free will.

    Answer that question, what activities really make you happy??? Go find places where others are doing the same activity. Local places. Easily accessible... Etc. Meet other people, who share your passion for your activity. Clubs or Groups or etc.

    And find people... Real live people... Not Tweets, or FB people, or texts, or etc., etc., etc. Real live people. Real live talk to them, and get to know them, in Real Time. Face to face.

    -chuckle- Have I made my point yet. :-))))))))))) 'Cause see, I want you to meet some lucky person. Because you have so much to share. And you are also, way too neat a guy, to be alone.

    "Auntie" sezzzzzz...

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  32. And "Auntie" apologizes, for being so forward, in a blog comment setting.

    My bad.

    This is one of those should-have-been-written-back-channel-things... In private email I mean.

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  33. Blogging takes up any computer time I have to spare - I am on Facebook Twitter Pinterest and Tumblr - I check into them all once a day but try to limit my time - live is for living not clicking.

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  34. Good eye-opener! I had wondered if you realized how addicted you were to social media. Props to you for doing all of it. For me, it is overwhelming and I need to unplug a lot. There is so much more out there (I agree with Auntie sezzzzzz). I like to get out, smell the roses, and share things, but I don't share everything. I say, do what feels right, but remember there is a whole world out there beyond the internet :).

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  35. I don't overdo on this at all. I have trouble remembering to go to Facebook in the first place. It's just not in my makeup at all.

    Have a terrific day and go out and play some today. ☺

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  36. Except blogging, I don’t involve seriously on any other social media and I check Facebook sometime if I get bored. Other than blogging, I am active in Flickr only more lately.

    More than connected on net, i like going out and exploring places.

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  37. If I don't put parameters on myself then I'm a mediaholic too. I keep to a regular cell so that I don't have the opportunity to have the internet with me at alllllll times. I realized this in myself when my kids were talking to my back all of the time because I was facing the screen and not them. It made me mad at myself....just like your nephew....out of the mouth of babes.

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  38. I can't be bothered with Facebook or Twitter. Really, how much time is there in a day??? I blog, that's it. I would much rather read a book, watch a great movie or go out into the world and explore new stuff.

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  39. i do not pin, face or tweet. i only blog - and that takes up hours of my life each day.

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  40. There are good and bad aspects to the social media. As you pointed out, it's a great way to stay in touch with relatives and friends who live far away. Since I live alone in a remote West Texas town, I often rely on the social media simply to let people know I'm still alive. It can be extremely time-consuming, however, and can easily be addictive.

    I've never cared for Facebook or Twitter and consider them to be rather pointless. I blog far too much, but writing has always been my favorite method of expressing my feelings and venting my emotions. I recently joined Pinterest, which I discovered on your blog!

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  41. I rely on it for certain things, but I don't believe I'm over-reliant. I spend way too much time blogging, and I plan to re-evaluate that sometime after April. Besides blogging, I probably spend an hour a day on mostly fb and twitter. I wiped out most of my Pin boards over potential copyright issues, and don't play much there anymore.

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  42. I mostly rely on social media for my news but I don't use it too much to connect to people. I feel I should do though sometimes.

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  43. social-media and associated perks work us over completely :)

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  44. I have given you an awesome award - http://www.lifecherries.com/2013/04/sharing-love-more-awards.html

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  45. yes me too, an addiction. However, I think I have learned so much online, it's made me more intelligent! lol. Seriously, like anything else, you have to allocate proper time for it perhaps after all the work/chores are done! And leave time for healthy exercise above all! Those are my 2 cents!

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  46. I only blog and I love it. It has deeply enriched my intellectual life.

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  47. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE social media, I am really involved in it too much.

    I have been on a couple of cleanses where I have no access, once for 30 days and ones for 75 days... it was hard but I did get a lot more done.

    I would never give it up completely but I do scale back from time to time :)

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  48. I love blogging and reading others' blogs. I spend more time with that than I do with FB or Twitter. During the week, I try to keep up with Twitter. Not so much on the weekend.

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  49. I actually like social media - don't tweet or do very much on facebook, but I do love being part of the blogging community. I think Jill put it all in a nutshell when she said, 'Life's too short not to be with people.' she was right.

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  50. My name is Pat and I am a fiberholic!

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  51. I am on FB and Pinterest a lot. BUT I do use Pinterest to pin things to do with my kids, and assignments for my students. It's more useful than the others are. I just created a board called, "Crazy Editorials" that I'm using for my illustration class. They are articles I come across that really have great written visuals. Then Mica has a science fair coming up; I had a whole board on science projects and crafts. I let him pick out a few things we can try.

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  52. I blog like a crazy woman! I also use Pinterest a lot but I have to say I avoid Facebook like the plague! I have one but use it very VERY sparingly!! I've been trying to do unplugged days but alas it's not working very well! hehe =)

    I hope you checked out Timer! It really is a great lil movie and I think you would really enjoy it! =)

    Ergo-Blog

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  53. I'm not on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. I have a busy life and don't have time for those social media, which I don't find interesting anyway. I only blog once or twice a week and enjoy visiting bloggers with the same interests as mine: poetry, photography, meaningful discussions. Blogging is a creative outlet for me. I think it's important to have a "real life," and the internet shouldn't detract from that. Your nephew is right and very wise for his age. There needs to be a balance, figuring out what our priorities are in life. If someone is depending too much on the internet, chances are they are trying to fill a void, when they could be out experiencing life and making deeper connections. I find that most "friends" on Facebook are just superficial acquaintances. It takes time and effort to make and develop real, long lasting relationships :)

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  54. LOL, I think you should take your nephews advice Keith, time to get up, get out and play!!!

    I am NOT into FB, Twitter etc, at all but as you know, I love to blog, kind of addicted actually. Recently started yet another blog (I'm linked to here) for prompts.

    I think it's all about balance. When I find I'm spending way too much time online and blogging in particular, I take a day or two completely off the online scene.

    Interesting post as usual. :<)

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  55. Too each his own I think. Are you happy with it? If not then change. If you are, don't.

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  56. I just mostly blog. I am on twitter but hardly ever go there.
    I'm also on WalkerTracker and keep track of my daily steps there with other walking obsessed people. : )

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  57. I was but the affect is wearing off. Does not give me the rush that it used it. Need to move onto something more addicting. Lol.

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  58. I love blogging cause I love to "journal" and share, and to visit people around the world and learn new things.
    I tried twitter and don't get it, so after a year closed it down, I won't do facebook cause of their security, and I am not addicted to a cell phone with all that stuff that goes with a cell phone nowadays.
    I really enjoyed pinterest which could be addicting, but they have changed it so I can't get back to the source of my pins-which was the point for me, so am ready to close that down as soon as I get confirmation from a tech if thats how it will be.
    but I am on the computer quite a bit reading blogs. It gives me breaks threw out my day-so I guess I am addicted a little cause I would miss my blog friends

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  59. I mostly hang out on Facebook because that's where my poetry group is. I love Twitter, too, although I won't be there much this month because of all my writing projects. I'm sure I'll be back full-steam next month, though!

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  60. My first instinct was to say I'm not too bad really, but actually if I'm honest, I waste far too much time on this computer. What's to be done? I hope the summer saves me, by luring me away into the light.

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  61. I think I'm social-media-holic too...

    Xoxo!

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  62. I have made the conscious choice not to involve myself in so many avenues of social media. I honestly don't know how people do it all...facebook, twitter, and all of the above...especially if they have a family to take care of. I have a hard enough time maintaining a blog!

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  63. i know i spend way too much time online, but also can survive without facebook etc. for a long time if i need to:-) x

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  64. I don't have a Pinterest primarily because I know I'd be lost forever! Bad enough I have two Facebooks, three (!) Blogs (although one of the Blogs is pretty much inactive), two emails, and one Twitter. I don't do Instagram, either, but I know I'd love it.

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  65. I like blogging but hate social media
    Hummm I still think you are performing some sort of research with this blog

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  66. I figured there was something about you ~~~ and now I know ~~~ you are like most people with something new ~~~ addictions can be consuming ~~~ as I raise my hand ~~~ me too!

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  67. Well, as long as it does not interfere with a real life it is alright. I myself am also on Facebook and have recently gotten hooked on Pinterest!!! I have a full life with jobs at my church and friends, but it does get too much sometimes because I stay up so late Pinning and commenting and playing Facebook Scrabble and Words With Friends.

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  68. Nope, I just blog, and sometimes I have trouble keeping up with that!

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  69. getting rid of my data on my iphone really cut back on the social media time. now i can only go on when i have wifi. i still have facebook and twitter but i don't really go on them anymore. twitter is way too hard to keep up with with all the people (okay celebrities) i follow when you're only checking in once a day.

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  70. Agree that it's a danger. Gave up fb for lent this year and honestly didn't miss it. Family should come first is what i'm learning :-)

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  71. Hi Keith. I think it's all in how you approach it. I took myself off Facebook last December, and honestly - I'm happier without it. I wasn't great at self-monitoring the amount of time spent on there. Additionally, it can be a quick way to become jealous of others. I think overall - if social media is taking the place of face-to-face interaction, we're in trouble.

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  72. Clicking a like button to me seems too casual for a thank you for congratulations specially for childbirth, weddings or even birthday wishes. I guess when some one has four hundred or over friends they think it is OK. I think that they should be grateful to God instead of using that as an excuse to limit communication to just clicking the like button.
    I don't have a smartphone and I am not on Facebook, but I tweet some of the wise things my grown ups told me and once in a while send tweets to the celebs.

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  73. This is totally me... even if I don't want to admit it. Instagram's got my heart. haha.

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  74. I couldn't agree more. When the family goes to a restaurant and everyone is checking a phone, it's a sign.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  75. It is sad when you see people on the smartphones all the time instead of interacting with people right in front of them.

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  76. A couple of years ago we were at the 4th of July fireworks and my husband, daughter, and son (both teens at the time) were on their electronic devices during them, not even looking up to see them. It was beyond ridiculous. I looked around and they were not in the minority.

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  77. I'm pretty much a dinosaur. My cell phone is bare bones and it only makes actual phone calls, then only to 911 or AAA which ever is needed. I steer clear of FB and all the others social media. The only waters I have my toe in is blogging and even that I have cut back on drastically. Hey, do what you enjoy, just take time to interact occasionally or it might become a lost art.

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  78. Maybe that's why you're so good at it! I think we do lack a necessary etiquette regarding modern social media and devices, but perhaps we're in the midst of an evolutionary step in which individuals will become aware of what's right and wrong without it being dictated to them. Just a hopeful thought : )

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  79. :) Sometimes it is too much but as long as there is balance it's good. :) Your nephew is cute!

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  80. I enjoy social media but have somehow managed to keep it in check; it's not interrupting my life. I get on my computer at specific times, and I completely disconnect after that. No laptop, no texting, no nothing... Once I walk away, I'm completely disconnected and out in the real world.

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  81. Email is a wonderful way to keep up with family, all out-of-town, but I must confess that I do spend too much time with this computer screen in front of me.

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  82. It's not the social media that takes up all my time, but blogging consumes way too much of it!

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  83. I still able to balance my time from family, kids, house chores, work, friends and of course blogging, facebook etc.. its fun and relaxing:)

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  84. Been there and done most of it, and for quite some time now the only thing I'm involved with is blogosphere. (For me) I find it informative, and very enriching on an interest and personal level.

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  85. I don't think I'm too reliant on social media. It seems like most people use it through their phones, and I don't have a smartphone so that does limit my use. I do think if I had an iPhone or something that I'd use it a lot more!

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  86. Too long on the internet, but not not particularly social media.

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  87. Yes, I think some areas of social media are very addictive. However, where else can one find so many people with similar interests and who willingly share their knowledge? Having dipped my toe in these waters, I could never go back to life without it.

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  88. Not social media, but I'm overly-reliant on the Internet.

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  89. I could host the meetings with you I'm afraid. I am not as bad as other members of my life, but to be without my phone frightens me.....

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  90. I have gotten better, I do put my phone away at least once a day during the week. But because i work in IT i am on the damn Internet socialising all the time.

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  91. No interest in FB or Twitter - but do glance occasionally - but rarely 'participate.'

    Love blogging!

    Anna :o]

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  92. Social media definitely has its positives, but it doesn't even come close to the value of face-to-face interaction - so put that phone away when visiting friends and family :-)

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  93. I also tweet, facebook, instagram, blog so ...what can I say? Although it can be a massive time sink it brings a great connection with people we may never have met otherwise.

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  94. I'm afraid I blog -- and that's it. But each to his own. Enjoy what you do.

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  95. I agree with your nephew! In fact, I was thinking of writing a blog post about why I got rid of facebook eight months ago. (Did you read my mind?) I love to blog (even when I don't publish posts, I am writing them...) but I find facebook annoying. I think these networks make relationships shallow.

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  96. Not really much of a social media addict here.. blogging is pretty much it actually! xoxo

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  97. wow!
    i'm so not a social med person. i barely ever log in to my fb, i don't have a twitter account, i've never opened pinterest page, and whatever else. i think it's only a blog that i'm open oftenly. to read and to write sometimes.

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  98. I couldn't help but comment. As my age puts me in an era when we all got on just fine without social media; I resent it's intrusion when it blocks real and direct interaction with the people around us, especially at friends or family time...good for your nephew for getting you to wake up and smell the coffee!

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  99. smart kid! I am too involved with blogging right now- need to limit myself for sure! Have a great day unplugged!

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  100. not like i once was---but i know what ya mean---it is good not to be so in the know sometimes---have a blessed day :)

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  101. It is addictive and stimulating. I try to unplug 2 hours before bed or I am constantly checking it.
    I am all for play and childlike wonder!!!

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  102. Haha it's hard to break free from it! It can be so fun - but also kind of suck the life of out you!

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  103. Yes, it can take over....hard to pull away :)
    Have a great week,
    Nathalie

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  104. This weekend my hubs and I were at a ball-game. He had taken out his phone to take a picture of the field so he could post it on Facebook. We missed a good play. You gotta live in the moment so you can remember how great that time and place was instead of telling people how great of a time you had when ALL you have of the experience is a photo to share.

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  105. I just have my blog actually. Resist Keith! Especially the Facebook monster.

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  106. I'm starting to really love yoga...because I know I won't be connected electronically for 1.5 hours. We all need a break...

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  107. I think with a lot of things, it is great until it is too much, just hard to tell where that line is in your own life. I feel like I have to 'unplug' from something for a bit when I think it is taking over my actual life!

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  108. Maybe a little - but my grandson and daughter much more and I hate it. lol I think we all need to talk a bit more. sandie

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  109. I do spend a lot of time on the internet, sometimes just scrolling through pages and spending hours on games when I should be doing something else. It is a habit I need to break away from. xxx

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  110. : ) Cute! You are a social person...I think that is great.
    I dislike most social media because of multiple reasons...it eats up my time, ridiculous posts ( I realize everyone is allowed to be silly once in a while but sometimes it seems unending). In general I try to keep up with a few things only because I like to be outside playing and I don't like my time wasted...still I like to visit a number of people I enjoy...I visit FB once or twice a week for 5 mins each.

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  111. That made me laugh! I am on FB and Pintrest. I have the instagram app on my phone and randomly remember to use it to take pictures. I do try to Pintrest only when I am on layovers where there is mindless TV. I admit I am on FB a lot, but with the iphone and ipad, it is pretty easy to get sucked into it. I try to do my blog during nap time or either really early/late while she is sleeping. Otherwise the computer is a big time suck for me!

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  112. Welcome keith..your in the right place. :)

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  113. Hi Keith,

    You clever dude! Asking a question at the end of a posting surely gets you more comments. And thus, I'm going to comment. Yay n'stuff!

    I am not reliant of all those social networks. Although, as you will know, I am on 'Farcebook' everyone's favourite social 'notworking' site. Heck, that way I can see you put up your profile updates and see you get like a zillion "likes" and a zillion comments. Keith, how do you do it? Not like I'm jealous or anything! Boo hoo! :)

    Gary

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  114. I do it all except Pinterest and Instagram. During lengthy traffic stops or if waiting anywhere, I'm constantly checking Twitter, FB and email. My interest in social media comes and goes.

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  115. I think sometimes without even realizing it we spend so much of our time on Facebook, Twitter and so on. This is especially bad, and I am guilty of it, when we are out with friends and family and we choose to be glued to our cell phones. While those media sites bring us closer to the people far away, they pull us further apart from the people who are actually with us.

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  116. i don't do facebook or twitter and only use instagram to make my pictures look cool before i text them to my family. However, i love being a silent blog stalker and probably spend way too much time doing that :)

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  117. Me too! I'm on everything. I love it, but definitely need to make sure it's not taking time away from my family.

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  118. Haha! Jake sounds like my husband! And they're right!
    Live a little, Keith. Put away that phone. Try it. I will if you will. ;)

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  119. Hi! Was just browsing and had to laugh when I saw your entry. Very honest and to the point! Good luck with it.

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  120. I used to be all over Facebook but not so much anymore. Now I blog once or twice a week and focus more on my writing. It can be very addicting!

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  121. Fortunately my addiction is not to social media. I do,however, have a serious problem with on-line information of other kinds. At holidays the relatives are always tugging me away from checking emails, stock balances, Huff post news feeds, etc.

    A great point you make. I'm going to try to leave my cell phone on my dresser this coming weekend.

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  122. While I don't instagram, I definitely do Tweet, Facebook, and Pin a bit much. My favorite part of the day right now, it when I have dinner simmering on the stove, and I can relax for twenty minutes with a glass of wine and pin away!

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    1. I dont have time to answer - I'm off to play with my kids - which may be an answer!

      Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  123. Yes and no. I wouldn't say I'm a full blown addict but at the same time I've come to rely on platforms like Facebook to stay current with my friends.

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  124. Social media is great but begs for balance with our REAL lives, right?

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  125. The only reason I am connected at all is to promote my online news sites. It's very scary to me when I get online and anything I have recently searched shows up on the sites I might browse. But my youngest has taught me the "fun" of facebook snooping and I have to admit that's kind of addicting!

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  126. Wow, you got a lot of comments already ... doubt, you will read mine ... nonetheless ... I like to blog and put pice into my travel blog. Other than that I just don't even look.

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  127. That is quite a turnaround. I usually tell my niece to get off her phone. Cute that your nephew told you. I like my social media, but not usually when people are around (except for quick Instagrams of the food/kids).

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  128. I spend an insane amount of time on my phone, it's ridiculous. But I cannot bring myself to Twitter, I just can't.

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  129. No. I have a Facebook account but that mainly acts as a storage for photographs and to keep my son's band pages up to scratch. No Twitter, and I just use a landline. Little Jake is a mini-saint in my liking.....! Wish more kids had that attitude!

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  130. Not like most of the people I know. I usually check in in the evening and then I am off to do other things.

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  131. Oh I am too, but must say, if you are going to be addicted to something, I think Social Media isn't so bad!

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  132. I think social media can be extraordinarily beneficial to our lives. Never before in human history have we have access to such a wide variety of people, ideas and perspectives in a split second... Virtually any question we have can be answered in a matter of minutes. "How do I get a ketchup stain out of my carpet?" "How can I save more money?" "How can I be more environmentally conscious?" "Where can I meet more people?".... The exchange of ideas is incredible! It's the meeting of many minds.. That being said, it is good to occasionally take a step back and reassess our use of social media.. Take a break to just be in the moment, live our lives. Ask ourselves how much it is actually benefitting us? It can be easy to follow a whim and start looking up and reading about all kinds of things and before we know, hours of our life have passed and we have gained very little. Social media is great but there definitely needs to be a balance! :)

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  133. I know what you mean...luckily I have a very inviting garden that calls for me as soon as spring comes...I would invite you too...should you live closer :). I also wanted to ask you whether you are doing book reviews? Kisses.

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  134. Really hope that I have now caught up with all your posts!!:)

    I am not on facebook nor do I tweet, as it would take up too much of my time, precious time I want to spend with my husband, or on painting or gardening. My blog and emailing takes up a lot of my time already.

    I do apologize for calling you Brian instead of Keith on my Decorative Duck post, only noticed the error today.

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  135. I did notice today that I'm spending more time on it than before. I'll blame the social media workshop I'm in for that. :)

    That's so cute what your nephew said. My youngest has told me to get off the blogs or Facebook a few times already.

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  136. It's pretty cute that your nephew pointed out how much you were on your phone. My niece and nephew probably wouldn't notice! :)

    My involvement in social media comes and goes. I generally check facebook once a day to check in on some of my friends and see what they're up to, but I rarely post anything of my own. My presence on Twitter comes and goes. I'm most active on Instagram, but even there I go in spurts sometimes.

    I used to be really addicted to social media (twitter specifically) and when I realized how much time I was spending on twitter, I started limiting the amount of time that I can spend on it. Ever since then I forget about it sometimes.

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  137. I am not over-reliant on social media...
    BUT I do waste a lot of precious time on them.
    Well... happy times that is.

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  138. I think it's great when one becomes aware of that...
    For me...if it's taking me away from "face time" with those I love, it becomes a problem...
    Blogger is what is most time-consuming...blog friends have become a huge part of my life....but I really have to keep my computer time in check. It's a balance, isn't it...
    Not easy....

    Thanks so much for visiting me! :))
    On to catch up with your newest post...
    - Irina

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  139. My blog takes up a lot of my time, but that's the only one out of all the other social medias. I need to find you on Instagram!!! :)

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  140. I definitely spend too much time on Facebook. I follow so many interesting things and I don't want to miss any of them.

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  141. Hi Keith! :D I LOVE reading your blog! So I hope you don't stop (and I'm not at all worried about that, since you are an 'addict.' ;) However, a little cutting back in all kinds of media can be a very good thing. It is a GOOD mission, to find balance in life and live more in the REAL world than in the "virtual" world. I know a video I want to give you the link to, but it won't paste here!!! :o Maybe you can find it in my you tube videos (corinesmiles is my user name). There are many categorized files. This one is under the file, "videos." (Great name! :o) If you don't find it let me know! :) Good luck with your new mission; I'm excited for you!!!! :D

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  142. PS. It's video # 17 in my "videos" playlist. :)

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  143. PPS. You might want to look up "moments that matter most" off my site as well (I think that might be in "spiritual." I really think you'll like it! :D

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  144. There's a lot of good about online social media, it's all about how you use it and how you ration your time!

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  145. We all have to find a balance! That's why I don't even use my phone for social media. I have the apps installed, but I rarely turn them on. I don't even have email turned on on my phone. I want to make sure that I don't get to the point where I don't spend time with my husband or neglect the rest of my life!

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  146. It's nice to take a break sometimes, even from Blogger. Sometimes we set impossible schedules for ourselves, and don't want to miss out on anything. I've started waning myself away from Twitter, and I've come to realize I don't have to check every single thing that's happened since last night. If something is there when I get on, cool, but if I miss it, does it really matter in the grand scheme of things??

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  147. I've settled down quite a bit. These days I usually put up one FB status and one tweet a day, then I scroll through my newsfeed for 5-10 minutes to respond to other folks' posts. I only get on Pinterest once a week these days, if that. I know full well how I am prone to getting sucked into things so I try to not overdo it.

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  148. HI Keith! I wanted to let you know that I have given you an award on my blog. Louise

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  149. Even though I admit to being a Pinterest addict and check FB several times a day, no I am not reliant upon them. Hardly ever tweet anymore. I try to take time to spend outside every day and to read.

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