I'm taking month-long, much-needed Facebook and Twitter break (I just read people's Tweets, I don't really do many myself). And I'm also taking the apps off my Iphone; I just check them way too much, it's annoying the heck out of me. I'm just realizing I have this real need to be on top of things in people's lives, in media, etc. and I need to regain some balance. I also do such things (sometimes) in place of interacting fully with my kids and it drives me nuts. I plan to still blog and to set back in place some email limits for myself (per this very wise post from a favorite blog of mine called Simple Mom). I *especially* love the idea of setting a time limit when I'm on it. I wish in so many ways that my in-laws did not have cable. It's just too easy to veg out in front of stuff. I really loved not having TV. We just watched all our shows online through Hulu or Netflix. I'm still trying to decide how much of a TV and movie hiatus I want to take. "Lost"s final season begins next week and I hate to be out of the loop right away, but maybe that's the point of this whole thing. We have 2 other shows we watch, Bones and Fringe. Anyway. I think maybe I'll still watch those, but nothing else. Like when TV is on at night, just go back to our room and read, or work on researching some fun games/crafts/school stuff for the kiddos. And when I'm on the computer I want to be purposeful and browse favorite sites that help me enjoy the kids more during the day as I create fun activities for them and work on school time with Maggie.
I also like to read/browse the paper every morning (my father-in-law has a subscription) and that also falls right in the category of wanting to be on top of things, feel in the know. These are not bad things, in case you are getting miffed and thinking I'm judging anyone who reads papers/blogs/watches TV. I've just found that I've created a really unhealthy dependence and even identity for a number of months now in being in the know and this isn't good for me. Hope that makes sense. I still plan to blog daily, but just really limit how much energy I give to these various forms of media.