Sense & Sen­si­tiv­ity

The Standard Journal - - Entertainment - Comics - By HAR­RI­ETTE COLE

DEAR HAR­RI­ETTE: I seem to be ad­dicted to so­cial me­dia. Ever since I got on Face­book a few years ago, I sign on ev­ery day, and I check in all the time. I mean, even at work I check in on Face­book and now on other so­cial me­dia things like Twit­ter and In­sta­gram. I love tak­ing pho­tos and post­ing them. I know this prob­a­bly seems ju­ve­nile, but I find it to be a fun way to con­nect with people. I am sin­gle and in my 40s. This way, I get to see what other people are do­ing and en­ter­tain my­self. But I find that some­times it is too much. Some­times I end up stay­ing up re­ally late check­ing out what other people are do­ing or not get­ting my work done on time if I get caught up in some­thing in­ter­est­ing on­line.

I no­ticed that one of my “friends” said she was tak­ing the sum­mer off of so­cial me­dia be­cause she felt like she was just lost in it. I feel the same way, but I don’t know how I will oc­cupy my time if I swear off of these con­nec­tions. Sounds pa­thetic, right? What can I do? -- Too Much So­cial Me­dia, Chicago

DEAR TOO MUCH SO­CIAL ME­DIA: You are cor­rect in say­ing that en­gag­ing so­cial me­dia can be ad­dic­tive. It is a very easy way to get wrapped up in other people’s drama and lives. Yet it ab­so­lutely can be a dis­trac­tion. I like your friend’s ap­proach. Start by tak­ing a day off. Plan a day when you do some­thing fun that you have al­ways en­joyed and can do by yourself. Leave your phone at home so that you can­not get to so­cial me­dia even if you tried. Do the same one day at work. Do not sign on to so­cial me­dia on the job (a good rule gen­er­ally be­cause you should not be us­ing so­cial me­dia when you should be work­ing). Do work when you should be work­ing.

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