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The Fall of Facebook

Like almost everyone in the world, I own a Facebook, and I would say, for a time, it felt like I had to be on it. Five hundred or so friends to keep up with, plus all of the pages I followed? Heck, the page Tasty uploads several recipes in a day and I felt like I had to see every variation on buffalo chicken they could do like it was some sort of job I was getting paid for (except of course, I wasn’t). Facebook had this way of making me give a care about a bunch of people from my past that I genuinely no longer care for. It felt like flipping through the channels of a TV without actually stopping at anything genuinely interesting for more than about a minute. It’s like Andrew Sullivan says in his article: “I Used to be a Human Being”: “Like many addicts, I had sensed a personal crash coming.”

My eventual deletion of Facebook started around the fall of last year. I was recently out of a relationship that ended rocky and had begun what I suppose was my purge of Facebook. In my previous relationship I had to keep up with several friends whom. It wasn’t like I enjoyed it, but I had to. Free of these bonds, it became less important to constantly keep up with Facebook. There was also the election-talk going on, more heated than ever with the election day drawing severely closer. I found myself watching these videos slandering Trump or Hillary and getting angry reading the comments and the toxic speeches of people from all sorts of political backgrounds. It was at this point that I felt there had to be a change, and I deleted the application.

While the Facebook app no longer takes up space on my phone, I do still run the Messenger app. It’s too convenient in comparison to the text message, so I suppose my addiction still continues. My life has been quite quiet in the dark, without that blue square, though, and I can say I’m better for it.

Blogging about Blogging

Tumblr. A social media blogging platform. This blogging addiction took over my life in July 2012 and continues to do so in 2017. Addiction might be a strong word…in fact, it might be a complete exaggeration; however, I calculated the time that I spent on this blog from when I was 14 to my 20 year old self now. I spent about 30-35 hours a week from the age 14-17 on the website adding and adding to the archives on my blog.  I ask myself, ‘How could I have done this at such a young age?’ Looking back, I am undeniably upset at myself. Sarah, you could have had a job. You could have made money with those hours.

I ask myself now, “What was so entertaining about Tumblr?” When I was 14, I might have answered that question simply by saying it made me laugh. Memes were just starting to become popular. The popularity of lazily posting unfinished sentences like, “I can’t” and “I can’t even”, meaning the Tumblr user ‘can’t even’ respond to said post, picture, or phenomenon because it evokes such strong feelings. Tumblr also made it a popular concept that independence without a significant other was acceptable as long as we had food (which I can attest to; however, I do like having both a significant other and food). The blogging website created a kind of slang and an environment of funny moments and feelings that it was hard to stop once started. Andrew Sullivan writes in “I Used To Be a Human Being” that with the internet “you disappeared down a rabbit hole of links and resurfaced minutes (or hours) later to reencounter the world”. Sullivan’s descriptive usage of the internet explains what it was and still is like for myself and many others with Tumblr. It was a safe space yet a dangerous state of mind to get lost and never want to emerge.

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The crave to repeatedly scroll down and down the rabbit-hole of pictures and posts subsided considerably since my start in college (I still have had to watch myself opening the website via phone or laptop). As I entered the atmosphere of adulthood, I spent a lot less time on the blogging app. I realized then as my responsibilities began to grow in number and difficulty, I had to put away this magnet of entertainment. Tumblr is still the same funny blogspot; however, now at 20 years old, it is a place of opinions and shared thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. A culture that is much different from any social media platform. One that makes me proud of being apart of such diversity. It has become more political, an outlet of shared political beliefs and feelings. Maybe the ever-growing political side, alongside my responsibilities of adulthood has also affected my attendance on the blogspot. 6 years, 18,750 posts, 446 followers, and 66,962 likes later, I have enjoyed my time as a Tumblr user. I love the endless funny videos, pictures and posts from fellow users that make me feel as though I am not alone in a world full of differences. I could and still can relate to thousands of people. And that feeling can start any moment I want in my very hands.

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Why I turned to Audiobooks

Growing up my mother always told me that audiobooks could not be a fill-in for reading a text or novel because I was listening and not reading. I would argue with her every time we brought the subject up, but I still never fully believed my own argument. I never added the audiobooks I listened to to my Goodreads yearly challenge (making me fall behind and never reaching my set goals) and a part of me was embarrassed by the fact that sometimes I would much rather listen to a book than to sit and read. It’s not something a self-proclaimed, owner of what seems like a million printed books, bookworm likes to admit. Does listening to books make me any less a bookworm?

My love for reading felt like it was disappearing on me. Nicholas Carr said in his article “Is Google Making us Stupid?”, “Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy,” and “the more they [Nicholas Carr’s friends and associates] use the web, the more they have to fight to stay focused on long pieces of writing”. I relate because that’s exactly why I turned to listening to audiobooks. I did this mostly in order to get out of “reading-slumps.” Audiobooks allow me to multitask because they don’t involve me actually concentrating on words or being intimidated by the size of the books i’m reading. Although, I still strive to read mostly printed books whenever I get the time.

Currently i’m listening to The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I started two days ago and I am already halfway through. I listen in the car, while doing school work, while exercising, ect. In the article “I used to be a Human Being” by Andrew Sullivan, Sullivan says, “online and automated life is more efficient,” and that couldn’t be more true for me with reading. I just do not have the time to sit and read and now, after turning to audiobooks, I don’t feel like a piece of me is missing anymore.

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