After coming back from my vacation today, I quickly realized the same happens to me. After five days off, my brain was free to think, but also to engage with the people around me. It’s quite amazing the negative effect technology can have on you if you’re not careful to disconnect (which I haven’t been very good about doing until recently).
Interestingly enough, my wife and I were having a conversation in the car about how browsing social media nearly immediately takes away any drive either of us have. It literally feels like it sucks the life out of both of us. I don’t think either of us will go to the extent of deleting our accounts (though I’ve waffled on this for years – I’ve been known to deactivate my Facebook account on numerous occasions, and have deleted all my social media profiles at one time). I do think we will spend less time with this world. There’s just too much noise to be productive and helpful.
I’ve been finding I like sites like the Productivity Guild or the photo sharing in Apple Photos. They become my own little personal social networks where I can connect with real people I know or want to get to know, and maybe have a chance at developing real relationships.