Maybe I am starting to get older… I think I’m getting to the point that I can’t keep up with new technology. I have an account on Twitter but have to admit it baffles me. I understand how to use it and even see advantages to it… I’m just a little fuzzy on how to integrate it into my life. I tend to follow a variety of tweeter’s… friends near and far, counselors/MFTs, spagirls, other moms looking for a deal, friends I’ve met on the internet, places I look to for inspiration. Perhaps it is because I do not have a phone with internet access (or the money to pay for that phone service!), but logging on to Twitter seems to leave me feeling assaulted by information. Information Overload. Too much being thrown out there and not enough time to absorb or respond to it all. And yet… I don’t want to miss anything… and so I still log in every now and again. Thinking now… it seems to me that if I *did* have a mobile phone, I’d feel even more assaulted by constant information.
It isn’t just Twitter. I also avoid the evening news whenever possible. When I do read news it is typically from the Internet. My husband does not understand this AT ALL. I think he feels that I am clueless on world affairs. The reality is… I don’t know that I want to know everything. It is hard enough at times for me to keep faith in humanity without watching the news. When I do catch the news, it seems all I hear is death, catastrophe, blaring sports commentary. Do I really need more of that in my life?
Lest you think I want to stick my head in the sand and pretend life is perfect (if you do think that, you should probably read the rest of this blog!)… much of this antipathy to the news started when I moved to Memphis from a small college town a few hours away. I watched the same news station; but, suddenly, the local news was about my city — not the big city a few hours away. I spent my days here working in social work, traveling to areas of town most lock their doors driving through if they dare to enter at all. I saw enough suffering. I didn’t want to see more. Later… my emotional energy was spent on my own personal or family issues… work issues with clients and/or coworkers included. I didn’t feel I had energy to spend on more drama. Maybe that is selfish of me.
It’s ironic… I spent much of my life fairly apathetic to global issues or politics. That was during the time I did watch the news. 🙂 These days… I care. I don’t always understand complexities involved… but as I am getting older I am realizing how much bigger systems impact my little family. I’m realizing that one of my needs for life is to make a difference, even if that difference is limited to teaching children I am blessed to mother and teach that not everyone is as privileged as they are. But now I don’t watch the news. Ironically, I do follow our local news station on Twitter and Facebook and CNN on Twitter. Maybe news in 140 characters is easier to sort through and handle? Or at least to determine what I want to know about in greater depth…
Guess this turned into I is for Information Overload and Issues, social. Anyway… I am curious. Do you watch the news on television? Do you get your news from the internet, your Blackberry/I-Phone, the newspaper? Do you feel overwhelmed by how much information there is about local and world events? And can you give me Twitter advice? 🙂