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by Holly on August 5, 2010

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In the modern era of all things media, staying true to yourself is hard.

Really hard.

In fact, I happen to think it can be downright exhausting.

Sometimes I yearn for the good ol’ days when communication consisted of actual words said face to face between actual people, not screen names like StarAngelStacy37 or Way2Sexy4U. Now, instead of meeting up in person or talking over the phone, I have approximately 1,437,879 ways to get a hold of someone.

I could call their work phone or perhaps cell phone, although a text message or e-mail might be more convenient. Then again, I could log-on to the Internet and browse their Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn page to see their status message and if they are busy. On the off chance they still have a MySpace, AOL Instant Messenger or – gasp! – MSN Messenger, I could check that too.

Don’t even get me started on what this can do to one’s dating life. Trust me, you don’t want to know the embarrassing mistakes I’ve drunkenly made at 2am when I thought it would be a good idea to Facebook a guy I studied abroad with in Europe, message him inappropriate things and appear to be his #1 stalker.

The weirdest part? He actually accepted my request.

Hmmm, maybe I am on to something…

Lately, it seems as though media has pervaded my life. From magazines to television to blogging (and all that it entails) and now, social media, I can’t keep up. But I try. I try, I try and I try, because I think this is what I need to do to be cool, popular and successful.

I mean, I was at The New Pornographers concert last night having an AMAZING time with friends, and what was I thinking? “OMG, I need to Tweet a pic 4 realz!”

But I didn’t.

I forced myself to put my phone away and enjoy the concert, which I did (albeit the fact it was about 90 degrees in the venue and thought I was going to pass out the last 10 minutes of the show).

Lately, all this media has me acting like a bit of a nutjob – comparing myself with others and putting undo pressure on my Everythingtarian self.

I need to post funny Tweets!

I need more Facebook friends!

My blog isn’t getting as many comments as hers!

Why didn’t he respond to my text message?

Maybe I should make a LinkedIn page…

Ahhh…my Internet crashed! How can I ever continue to live?!?!

The last one might be a big of an exaggeration. Kind of. Quite frankly, I just don’t have enough damn time in my day to worry about these things. Social media has its advantages – don’t get me wrong. Facebook is a godsend for keeping up with family & friends, Google is my BFF, and you all know I would be completely lost without my tech-savvy iValentine.

But its become a bit much.

I can’t enjoy breakfast without simultaneously checking my e-mail.

Lunch is usually accompanied with a side of reading blogs.

Snacktime is often the perfect time to send a quick text or GChat with a friend.

Dinner may not even get photographed, because I could be too busy already blogging.

I don’t have an innovative solution to this 21st century problem. All I can say is studies prove we are indeed bombarded with media. In fact, in an article in the NY Times, I read young people consume media practically every minute they are awake.

That’s scary.

My solution is just to take a step back.

Go for a walk. Read a book. Talk with a friend. Doodle. Have a handstand contest. Run a race. Grab a beer. Go shopping. Host a watermelon seed spitting contest. Hula hoop. Make out with somebody random. Listen to music. Dance. Go on a Pedal Pub. Cook.

Because maybe by doing something active like this, you will see that you are indeed one-of-a-kind and have your own talents to share with the world (the real one…NOT the cyber one).

Remember this recipe for Sundried Tomato, Spinach and Goat Cheese Mini Quiches?

It’s in Posit Science’s, a leader in brain training interactive software, new ThinkFood cookbook! Designed to help people think faster, focus better and remember more, this cookbook is all about the brain and fueling it with ingredients proven to keep your mind sharp.

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“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”

Maybe with more E.E. Cummings and less social media, just being ourselves would be a bit easier.

And less exhausting.

Getting rid of the Way2Sexy4U screen name might help too.

Trust me, your Facebook friends will thank you for it.

{ 44 comments }

Lauren August 5, 2010 at 7:11 pm

It’s honestly so frightening to see how addicting and entirely reliant our society has become on social networking. I admit, I have a hard time “disconnecting” even after work, I am so tempted to answer emails from clients well into the night. When does it end? When does our professional life separate from our personal life? I need to make a promise to myself that I will keep these two entirely segregated and focus more on my personal life when things get out of hand.

Thanks for reminding me! ;)

Ilana August 5, 2010 at 7:14 pm

oh the joys of postmodern communication. we all struggle with this, we’re all distracted and always feel this need to be connected. once a week, I shut it all off. it’s almost like a detox. i love it.

Andrea@WellnessNotes August 5, 2010 at 7:16 pm

I think it’s hard to find the right balance when it comes to technology and social media. I used to be way “too connected.” I didn’t sleep enough, and, at my age, not enough sleep isn’t pretty… :) Love the first pic by the way! ;)

April August 5, 2010 at 7:20 pm

I so need to step back.. seems like I never eat in silence! I always either have my laptop or I’m texting. Yikes!!

Alison August 5, 2010 at 7:26 pm

So good, girl. So, so good. I use to eat breakfast at my computer too, all in an effort to keep up with the cyber rat race – until one day I realized HEY! I have REAL people in my house RIGHT HERE that I can actually engage with. Children who love my company! What the hell am I doing? No more! That’s when I realized yeah, blogging is fun, but life is real (thank you Mama Pea for that one) and I stepped away from the computer. Way to be mindful of how technology can suck us in! Can you IMAGINE being unreachable for any part of the day?? GASP!!

Jess August 5, 2010 at 7:28 pm

This post REALLY hits home for me. I’m often on the computer, texting, & and on my itouch at the same time. OY VEY!

Evan Thomas August 5, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Ironically, I LOVE having all these sorts of medias. I use them all for different outlets, and try to keep them as seperate as possible. My blog is for my love of cooking. My twitter is for my future as a comedian/journalist. And my Facebook is just me and my friends gushing Grey’s Anatomy. I think when they start to blend together I want to tear my face off because I don’t know what I’m doing anymore.

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 5, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I hear ya!! Sometimes technology can feel so heavy. So bogging down on everything. It’s important to step away from it all sometimes, I think. Especially the ones that take up so much time in a day. I’m kind of getting obsessed with facebook and could definitely use some time off from it. For real. ;)

Jenna August 5, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I have gotten wayyyy too caught up in constant technological communication these days, too. My new thing is putting my cell phone across the room once I get into bed. I used to lay in bed, searching blogs, Twitter, People, etc., on my phone before bed. That is NOT okay. :)

crunchy granola gal August 5, 2010 at 8:07 pm

dear holly,
your post arrived just in time – i’ve felt the same way lately. here are my steps to freedom from the stress of social media:

1) heed your advice. make out with someone random. or your boyfriend, if you have one: he’ll appreciate it.
2) eat at least one meal a day NOT in front of the computer. try as best you can to share meals with others, smart phone NOT on the table.
3) read this article. it’s enlightening and makes ya think:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/01/magazine/01wwln-lede-t.html?scp=1&sq=i%20tweet%20therefore%20i%20am&st=cse
4) come visit NYC and we’ll drink so much that we’ll forget to even check our cell phones, read emails, or write funny tweets. okay, maybe drunk tweeting is fun. yeah, yeah it is.

much love and ‘chos,
sofia

Run Sarah August 5, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Love that quote – I put it in my grade 12 yearbook message! I’ve realized how much of a slave I am to my iPhone lately, I’m really going to try to cut back on obsessive Internet checking as it’s so distracting. Major congrats on the recipe publication – the quiche look amazing.

Erica August 5, 2010 at 8:23 pm

oh my gosh AMEN. How many of us feel this unrealistic pressure to always be on top of things technology wise? I am semi freaking out in my head right now because I want to get a post written for my blog but I need to do real work work and now I’m reading blogs? I need a MAJOR step back. Thanks for posting this (and distracting me from work ;)). Breakfast- incredible. Smashed nanas…yum :) Hope you have a great stress free and maybe even technology free weekend

mammaeverythingtarian August 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm

you are wise beyond your years-now practice what you preach and reap what you sow.

Paige @ Running Around Normal August 5, 2010 at 8:45 pm

LOVE EE Cummings and I love that quote.
You’re definitely right about media taking over. It can get a bit exhausting. AND we’re supposed to live life, keep a clean house, and oh – go to work? It’s a bit overwhelming at times.

Maya August 5, 2010 at 8:52 pm

“Make out with somebody random” LOVE that!

I am lost without my iPhone for even 2 MINUTES. And that, my everythingtarian friend, is sad. Just sad. I think that’s why I enjoy walks so much with a good book or magazine. I leave my phone at home and just BE. I can’t even say the same for when I read at home, because chances are I’m checking my phone every 10 minutes. I was reluctant to join twitter, to tell you the truth, because I think that level of social networking/knowing what people are doing all the time is a little intense, but I think it’s helpful for blogging.

How were the New Pornographers in concert!? They’re one of my favorites.

BroccoliHut August 5, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I had a similar realization about technology when my laptop died. I had to go several days without a computer, and I have to say, I emerged from it all feeling refreshed.

Kelly August 5, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I’m so excited that you have a recipe in the Thinkfood book!! I’m cooking my way through all of those on my blog, each week as the new ones come out and I am excited that I’ll be cooking something from a Madisonian!!

P.S. I love the title of this post :)

Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm

I agree to a point, but my husband and I work from home, so honestly, whatever we do socially on line is the only daily social contact we have with the outside world. I am ok with that because we do still do things outside of social media, but the day to day stuff is definitely online. Some will think that is sad, but I don’t.

Angharad August 5, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Is Twitter overwhelming you? I’m kind of obsessed with it. I like inanely chattering about what I’m doing and eating without the big time commitment of actual daily blogging. I think that means I am also LAZY.

Stepping back is a good thing. I spend waaaay too much time at the computer but I also spend a lot of time not at it, especially in the summer. Case in point, pretty much every weekend the last few months and evenings like tonight (until right now) when I come home, go running, eat chips and salsa, drink beer, read on my porch, and snuggle with my cats. Unplugging is good. So is Mamma E.
Love you!

amanda August 5, 2010 at 9:36 pm

i seriously feel not complete when my internet is out. it’s sad.

all the media connections are ridiculous, but i guess that’s the joys of 2010, eh?

twitter ceases to amaze and confuse me all at once.

kick ass at the handstand contest. giggle.

Sissy #1 August 5, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Congrats on the recipe publish-ment! I want those! Make them in Colorado for me. And I will make you chips and cheese in return.

Erica D August 5, 2010 at 11:25 pm

This post is much needed. Thanks, Holly! Tomorrow I will continue to play in the mountains and use my brainpower to cook food.

May I just add that the other night I managed to throw together a dish of Curried (Soy) Meatballs with Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, and Tomato Sauce for the vegetarian campers? It. was. the. bomb. The best part was that I adapted the recipe out of a book titled “MEAT.” :)

Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 5, 2010 at 11:44 pm

This post hits the nail on the head. I couldn’t agree more with your observations about how media pervades our daily lives. I constantly tease my mother for not having a cell phone or computer, but then I take a look at her and she’s just easy-peasy with her simple little life of peddling antiques (how appropriate considering how behind the times she is) and going to water aerobics. When I see that, I envy her dettachment from the modern world.

Speaking of envy, words can’t describe how jealous I am that you got to see “The New Pornographers” live last night. I heart Neko Case.

Many congrats on the Thinkfood submission! I love the whole concept behind that e-book, and could use a recipe or three from it currently as I’m exhausted and mentally impotent.

Emily @ Relishments August 6, 2010 at 5:13 am

I love this article, “Am I Still Here,” for when I’m getting a little too attached to the computer: http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/4234/

You wouldn’t happen to have a recipe for those AMAZING looking mini quiche, would you? Or at least a hint about how to make them?

Katie @ Health for the Whole Self August 6, 2010 at 5:51 am

I have to make a conscious effort to step away from technology every day, or else I’ll find myself feeling totally burned out. Let’s face it – blogging (both writing and reading) takes a LOT of time and effort. When you add e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter into the mix, it’s possible to spend an entire day in front of a computer or phone – especially if you work in an office, too. If I don’t set specific cut-off times, I’d go insane!

Angela @ A Healthy Fit August 6, 2010 at 6:04 am

I am so with you on this! I can’t stand how connected everyone is. I try to not go overboard on twitter or facebook, but it’s tough. I miss real conversations and actually using the phone to call, not text. I hate texting!!!

Uncle Tommie Timbertoes August 6, 2010 at 6:33 am

Nice post Ms. E. There was a Kardashian episode where Kim was spending “sissy” time with Chloe but spent most of it with her nose buried in the phone — RUDE. Chloe got mad and hid Kim’s phone and computer which pissed Kim off. But after a small spat about it they resolved to enjoy themselves together, without distractions, and had a great time. Chloe was right about this (but still not right about Scott).

Concerning the busy life:
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to pick up a newspaper that had no headline or front-page news? I mean that the editors felt that there was no news that day important enough to put on the front page and left it blank. Although there are certainly days when this practice could be justified, it, of course, never happens. Wouldn’t sell many papers that way. The same applies to people. They always have to have something important going on in their lives even if they have to turn something usually relegated to the back pages into the front-page headline news. There seems to be a misunderstanding that unless you are making something important in your life, you’re not really living

brandi August 6, 2010 at 7:47 am

Love this :) I was thinking the same thing last night when I left the house to go to a neighbors and learn how to can tomatoes. I was there for 4 hours – no tv, no internet, no blogs, no cell phone, no twitter or facebook – and it was just what I needed.

And go you with your recipe!!! :)

Kate August 6, 2010 at 7:51 am

ah! new pornogaphers! how was the show? i would love to catch them live sometime.

i’ve often seriously contemplated taking an under the desk nap a la george costanza. the pic of you on the floor made me laugh!

alli August 6, 2010 at 8:18 am

i love this post, and your list of things we should do besides ingest large amounts of media. i will be doing several of those today. consuming large amounts of media often fills me with negative feelings so i have made an effort to step back and enjoy more of the things that really matter. thanks again for this post

Lisa August 6, 2010 at 10:06 am

I love this post.

I completely agree. Since I started blogging I started comparing myself more. Blogging, at times, can make you feel VERY inadequate. With blogging came tweeting and then it can spiral out of control.

I always make sure and try to listen to myself–when I start comparing, when tweeting and blogging and commetning starts taking over my life, I always have to take a step back.

Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries August 6, 2010 at 10:20 am

ee cummings is fabulous. and so are you for realizing that our media saturated world is tooooo much sometimes! every so often i need to take a break from texting/blogging/tweeting/etc. I also keep this quote in mind: “comparison is the thief of joy.” It’s so true!

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) August 6, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Ugh, it is ALWAYS around, I even find myself checking email in the middle of the night from my phone. WHY?!? (I’m working on breaking that habit) I am a firm believer in loooong breaks from technology!

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete August 6, 2010 at 1:52 pm

So true, so true! I say this as I add you to my twitter…

So bad, I know. I need to “unplug” regularly to keep my sanity. It helps. A lot. ;)

Sami August 6, 2010 at 2:43 pm

okay, so i know the point of that first pic is supposed to make you look less than fabulous, butttttttttt that color looks good on you! haha. :D amen to the technological relationship. overrrrrateeeed. it’s like remembering the fact that we once lived in a world where no one ever locked their front door, for leisure we played OUTSIDE as kids, not wii, and when eating homecooked meals was a regularity not a “special occasion”.

Christine August 6, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Just started a blog and am trying not to get TOO sucked in to taking pictures of everything. It is getting tempting, though. The other day, I felt the need to serve a curry that I made, which was perfectly delicious as-is, in a pineapple boat. Blogs lead to crazy things. A pedal pub sounds like it could solve just about any problem, though.

Madeline - Greens and Jeans August 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I’m pretty sure we can’t twitter, blog, or facebook on the beach in Uruguay… Doesn’t that sound delightful? However, I’m picturing lots of shirtless men and more than a few ice cold beers in the sand…

Rachael August 7, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Ah, social networking. A mere two years ago, I was a naive 26 year old who had never had a computer. Or cell phone. Now, I spend upwards of eight hours a day on one of the two, and I feel anxious should my laptop be too far away. Can a computer hold on to apron strings?
The good part is, as a person who sucks at communicating and staying in touch (there was a reason I didn’t have a phone), Facebook and the like have given me the chance to keep people in my life, albeit in virtual form. Since I’ve moved 23 times in seven years, my friends are pretty scattered, and I’m guessing a lot of our connections would fade were it not for the power of status updates.
Disconnecting is good too. That’s why sometimes I hit the woods and play mountain girl.
Have a fine weekend!

Ameena August 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm

As I write this comment I am eating lunch. I really need to take a step back!

Brillant post, seriously, just awesome.

janetha g. August 10, 2010 at 1:33 pm

i loved this post, holly. not only is your wit the best thing since sliced bread.. but your content struck a chord with me. and, more than likely, with marshall. he is ANTI-online social networking. he hates it. he deleted his facebook and he hates it when i am on fb/twitter/google reader/blogs/etc. with the reason that you should find out what is going on with your friends by talking to them, not by stalking them on the computer. i agree. but i also like the ease of communication through these online tools, so i am not deleting accounts left and right like he’d like me to. and ill be damned if i ever stop blogging! ha.

BUT.. the part about knowing what everyone is up to without talking to them? yeah. that kinda sucks. it has made us a society that is out of touch with each other on a personal, one on one level.. yet we know everyone’s business from the fact that it is laundry day to why they have a broken heart.

yet we don’t call them to talk about the heartbreak. we just follow along on their status updates like it is some sort of soap opera.

hmmm. see, toldja you struck a chord.

i have been consciously making an effort to back off on the whole online stuff. being a newlywed has definitely helped back off without trying, of course ;) but i want to enjoy meals without technology.. and devour ice cream cones before they start melting because i “have to get a photo”.. you may or may not have noticed my lack of regular blogging lately.. but that is the reason behind it. these things should not be a top priority in life. living should be!

geeez, i am so glad i am a child of the 80s and grew up without the internet and with the OG nintendo, endless night games outside, no such thing as reality TV and only taking one shot of a group photo on regular film and hoping for the best.. not 19, repeatedly looking at each one after, and deciding something is wrong with it and being forced to take another one. with 7 different cameras.

kids these days don’t know what they missed.

sorry. i went off there.

thanks for the thought provoking post!

Nicole C August 11, 2010 at 12:01 am

Holly,
I was reading janethas blog as usual and the bold face type said to click here for Hollys blog so I did and I’m glad I read it! Isn’t it crazy how technology has taken over lives? I get e-mails at work from someone sitting in the office next to mine, it’s pretty annoying. Maybe it’s a paper trail so he doesn’t forget to remind me billion times to do something.

I have a friend who – believe it or not – doesn’t even have an e-mail address! She never has had her own and the poor thing has no clue what is headed her way when she gets her iPad. I felt bad that she was missing out here and there..maybe at least an e-mail so I could send her pictures. Instead, the she spends her days with her 2 year old daughter and 3 month old daughter. Maybe she had it right all along..

Katie August 11, 2010 at 6:09 am

I love this. I am a culprit of this media crisis. I am on the computer all. the. time. Constantly checking google reader, my blog, and more. Since I have been going to bed earlier (10 pm) I have given myself some actual sleep compared to the 6 hours or less I was getting before. Last night I even read a couple chapters in Eat, Pray, Love. I am trying to slowly break myself away from the computer. I am planning my days better so that I allow myself a couple hours to read my blogs and then do my own daily post (if I have time). I think this morning before I leave for yoga I am going to bake. It just sounds nice to do in a quiet, empty house on a morning like this. :)

theemptynutjar August 11, 2010 at 6:48 am

Blogging and email are bad enough. I seriously consider a break, becuz I hate the thought of losing time (particularly youth) in front of a screen.
However, I have NEVER ever ventured into Twitter and Facebook (which seems to shock people) and I have no plans. Like I said, blogging and email are bad enough and I already am fighting to cut that down.

Emily (The-former-Experimentarian) August 11, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Word. That’s why I am, shall I say…retired? Miss you though and all your lovely posts. I still consider you a friend, even without the technology. xoxo

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