It’s back to work in a couple of days after two weeks in Maine. Well, maybe “back to work” is not exactly accurate, since, as a consultant I am basically always available to get things done for clients (or for my own business), and in fact I did work on several documents while enjoying the cool Maine breezes and watching the lobster boats pull out of the harbor. Still, the break has been much needed and refreshing, and I count my blessings for the opportunity to get away.
With the Internet, of course, it’s harder to miss things when one is out of town. I did not have to miss the Philadelphia Inquirer, for example, and so could watch with stomach-churning familiarity the Phillies drop to 15 games behind. I kept on trading emails and texts with my kids and siblings.
But the one thing I really made a conscious effort to miss was social media. A two-week break from Twitter has proven salutary. Twitter, as necessary as it may be as a communications channel, tends to produce a frantic state of distraction that I only fully understood in getting away from it.
I will soon return to “checking my feed,” but with a renewed appreciation for the fact that one can live a perfectly satisfactory, productive, and meaningful life without Twitter. I wonder how long before the rest of the world realizes that?