I used to be in love with Twitter. No joke. I loved that I could instantly pick up my phone and use the browser to see what everybody I love was doing. I loved that I could put my computer next to me on my dresser while I was folding clothes on my bed and have long conversations with friends via tweets, only feeling frustrated that I had a character limit that I could use per tweet! I used to love to update my Twitter status and let the entire world know what I was doing.
Used to. I definitely used to.
Now, however, I have deleted my Twitter account and am likely to never sign up again. You see, I never went so far as to have everybody's Twitter updates sent to my phone via SMS text messages, as the texting plan I have for my phone is very minimal and I would have exceeded my allowed number of monthly messages in just one day had I linked my Twitter account to my phone! Due to that, I was resorting to continually checking the computer to see what my friends were up to, and continually going online on my Blackberry to make sure that the entire world knew what I was up to.
More often than not, my status message should have been, "I'm wasting time and ignoring my son and my house to be on here and leave this message so you all know exactly what is going on with me RIGHT NOW."
I have found that, if I devote even an hour to having a phone conversation with my sister or my mom or a friend, I'm still spending less time occupying myself with finding out what's going on in the world around me than what I used to when I was constantly jumping on the computer to check my Twitter account "just for a second".
I have found out that I am a lot happier and a lot better mom to Colin when my attention is focused on him and on having fun with him. If I am so desperate to find out what's going on with the people in my Twitter world, maybe I should just make a play date with one of them so that Colin has fun too?! :)
I have found out that I am much happier being in a place where having the world available at my fingertips is not completely necessary. This is part of the reason why I haven't been blogging as frequently. I'm taking a break from my computer, and spending time blogging when I feel like God truly has given me something to write about, or when something fun has happened in our family, or when I have a certain topic (like today's Twitter topic) burning in my brain and I can't seem to let it go ... and occasionally when it's just been too long since my last post.
I have found that, not being attached to my computer, I have much more time to do the things that I'm responsible for during the day. Things like cleaning the house, doing laundry, getting groceries, playing with Colin. Oh, and eating ... I definitely do a lot of eating, too! :)
So, ladies and gentlemen, while I have had some people request that I come back to Tweeting, my answer right now is "no"! I'm happy and content with the balance my life has found and wouldn't want to go back to being a computer addict for anything!