All Tweeted Out: Social Media Fatigue?

I feel faintly ridiculous even writing this.  To retain some sort of integrity, I promise not to spend more than five minutes on it.  No sense making a bad situation worse.

The last couple of months have seen a cut-down in my Facebook, Twitter and blogging interest.  I still look, I still read, I just can’t raise the inclination to write or reply.  Maybe this has coincided with my increasingly busy working life.  But a cursory glance out of the window reveals that I’m not the only one.

Personally, I’d now like my mind to stop observing my life in view of potentially witty status updates and tweets.  Something has gone wrong when someone almost drives into you on the dual carriageway and the first thing that occurs to you, even in your adrenaline-riddled state, reads “…is wondering why people who can’t drive are allowed to have driving licences”.

I don’t know what the answer is.  Time off completely, perhaps.  But in 2010 this would serve to cut ourselves off from a huge number of our friends and family, many of whom we don’t keep phone numbers or email addresses for any more.  Scaling down the time commitment to once every day or two could work, but at the risk of losing those most memorable chance occasions when you catch a brilliant moment with somebody purely because this is your tenth refresh of your browser this evening.

What I do know, though, is that many of us are getting a bit fed up, and wanting a bit more; something the sceptics will tell us we previously had and gave away.  And, much to our chagrin, they’re probably right.

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