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May 01, 2012

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Lots of things to think about, Kiley. I always know when it's time for me to take a social media break when I start to care too much about who has "liked" my status, retweeted or answered my tweet, etc. When I throw a bunch of stuff up because I'm bored, or perhaps even lonely, and nobody notices (or appears to), it just makes it worse. It takes a while for me to notice I'm sliding that way again and then I kick myself in the ass and back off for a while. Thing is, I've got a pretty good life in real time but it's also fairly mundane.

I don't know the answer to these questions. Certainly for me it's not to turn off completely. I love the connections I've made with people online and some have turned into real friendships. It's a matter of degree and perspective. If I'm out with a friend who doesn't use a smart phone my Twitter finger itches. It takes me a while to stop twitching about what I'm missing and enjoy what I've got. That's a problem, I think, but one I'm aware of, so at least I can, again, kick myself in the ass and move on.

I love that you took your friend flowers. For my part, last night I travelled for 5 hours (2 1/2 hours each way) to attend a friend's book launch for an hour. Was it worth it? Definitely.

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