December 25, 2012

Happy Holiday Technology Detox

Christmas gift to self: a technology detox. No blogging, no email, no Twitter, no Facebook for the next five days. (I’ll still be indulging in Pinterest and Instagram, the social equivalent to dark chocolate—very good for me in moderation.) What started out as an experiment on a trip to our (internet-free) cabin in Montana has become a personal mandate. It’s cleans out the clutter and the noise so that I can hear my inner voice and let any suppressed feelings float to the surface. Clarity only comes when we allow it. Like one nice long mediation. Only there will be wine. And massages. And an OUTDOOR claw-foot tub. Yes, this techtox will take place in Napa. More on that when I return! Fa-la-la-la-la.
Happy everything!
p.s. Anyone care to join me? In the detox that is, not the tub.
January 12, 2012

Is Facebook Making You Miserable?

I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. I love keeping in touch with friends and family who I wouldn’t otherwise connect with on a regular basis. I also love it for information-sharing—like when I need a recipe for lobster mac and cheese, or when one of you has a question about the best mascara or where to get your hair colored. And the photos! So much fun. But I hate that Facebook has replaced good old-fashioned communication and—god forbid—actual human contact. It’s passive and impersonal. Don’t even get me started on the people who announce major life events and sensitive news on FB. It wasn’t that long ago that the same person would’ve picked up the phone to tell me they were engaged/pregnant/sick. I don’t want to find out these things along with 467 other people, many of whom you haven’t talked to since high school. Even email is better than Facebook because at least there’s intention behind it. Finally, there’s the noise that Facebook creates, distracting us from real, live moments. How can we be mindful when we’re toggling between work and Facebook, vacation and Facebook, dinner with the love of our life and Facebook? DON’T GET ME WRONG: I adore Facebook in moderation. It’s an utterly genius invention. But I was gripped, affirmed, and depressed by this Huff Po editorial about how it’s making us miserable, and wondered if any of you feel the same way?

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