Mamas & Blogs & Facebook: is it too much?
When we started urbanMamas almost 5 years ago, I was mama to just a teeny little babe who would wake me up at all hours of the night. After a feeding at 2am, I would sneak downstairs, open up the computer, and check out the feeds I'd read. I'd devour the stories, gobble them all up along with a middle-of-the-night snack. Thank goodness Facebook wasn't around then. I may have never slept.
Through time, I realized it wasn't terribly healthy to be crawling out of bed and catching up on mama blogroll, as it would keep me up for 1-2-3 hours during prime sleeping time. I went through a period when I forced myself to stay in bed. I had to resist the urge, that pull into the blogosphere vortex.
Now that the kids are older, I am on a much more regulated sleep schedule, but I am still drawn to catch up with friends on Facebook or to check out what's the haps on urbanMamas and other favorite mama conversational sites. I know I'm not the only one! An urbanMama recently emailed:
I am hooked on Facebook. I check it 3-4 times a day and love reading updates, new photos, posting status updates and commenting on my friends' walls. I can't help it, I feel so connected to people miles and miles away.
I also check my blog rounds throughout the day during my breaks from school, our toddler, and all of our responsibilities. I like being a part of these social networks and forum like discussions but I feel like I am contributing to a society more in touch with ourselves, and less in touch with each other.
How do I moderate this habit? Any suggestions that have worked for you? When I am not around a computer I am more creative; and when I talk to friends and hang out with them it is so much more fulfilling than messaging or writing comments on their blog or wall.
Is our generation going through a change of communication, what's going on? How do I balance traditional social etiquette and lifestyle while being modern, wireless, and digital?