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Friday, July 14, 2017

Social Burn-Out

I knew this moment was coming. The one when you realize that for all the time you spend engaged digitally, fooling yourself into thinking that you can keep up with everything you have joined online, you really can't.

I was looking at Instagram when it happened. One of the guys I follow there, which I follow almost everywhere else as well, said "I suppose I'll start using Instagram more often". To which I replied out of the blue, "Heh, I'm thinking about deleting my Instagram account". You can't really delete Instagram if you're using Facebook, as it's part of Facebook. Unless someone had found a way to do it. I just decided to count how many social networks I AM a part of in one way, shape, or form. I'm sure you're list is similar:

Instagram
LinkedIn
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus
Foursquare
Amino
Fur Affinity
Tunblr
Deviant Art
Second Life
IMVU
High Fidelity
iBotta
Kik
Facebook Messenger

And a few others that I can't even remember, and maybe have closed up shop and left the internet. I know in a previous blog I said that we all need to get on social networking. But wow, there has to be a point where we just say "enough is enough"!

At my age, I'm throwing in the towel, and admitting that I just can't do it all anymore. Over the next few weeks I'm going to be scaling back. I've already stopped using Foursquare and I'm eliminating my use of Instagram. I gave up on Flickr quite a while back, on the principle that Yahoo was willlingly evil. Even though Verizon owns Yahoo and all its properties now, I still won't return there. And I will be giving up on Tumblr as well. I just can't do them all.

For those of you that follow me on all of these, you're awesome, but I need to consolodate in order to keep my sanity.