Group therapy may be on the agenda…Is there such a thing as SMA: Social Media Anonymous?

I had to write this post.  I don’t usually make more than two blog posts in a week, but this is too important.

On Thursday night, I called my soon-to-be-graduating-from-college cousin*, who’s young enough to be my child (*stifling the sobs*) — so she’s that generation we’re always talking about in the press…you know, Gen Y — the ones who “friend” their colleagues/co-workers on Facebook (bad idea)…the ones who expect a “work-life” balance (really?)…and the ones who are more open about all things to do with their lives than an open book (not kidding).  After our call, I was supposed to do something simple: Go to bed.

Hours later, that’s just what I did.

There are too many distractions!

See, I’m from a generation who knows what it’s like to have one television channel.  (I’m not from these parts originally.)  I also know what it’s like to have only a handful of radio stations.  And since I’m on a roll, I also know what it’s like to only have access to recorded music using records, a.k.a vinyl, and a record player — yep, a record player with two speeds:  33 1/3 (thirty-three and a third) and 45 (forty-five).  I also know what it’s like to be overjoyed when my uncle, a.k.a. “Car Collector” (from the Southern Branch of La Familia) would play his 8-Tracks.  (If you’re reading this and wondering what the heck is an 8-Track and how it works…do a search on Google — and when you’re done, submit a message to this blog in 140 characters or less on the wonders of 8-Track…The best creative submission wins a featured profile written by yours truly on this Brainy blog.  You’re a star in the making, yes you are…)

So, where was I?  Yes, distractions.  Life was so simple way, way, wayyyyyyy back when.  H*ll, life was so simple only 20 years ago when the Internet was nothing  like it is today.  Now…

  • I’m on the BlackBerry
  • I’m on my laptop (and I also have a desktop)
  • I’m reading my Nook

I’ve been late to work because I left my BlackBerry at home and returned to retrieve it (I’ve done the same thing when I’ve left it at the office–walking all the way back from Grand Central Terminal).  It’s like an appendage.  I’m in a stomach-churning panic if I don’t have it on me.  I’m not kidding.  My life is on that 2″ by 1-1/2″ electronic device.  I have notes.  I use the calendar to keep track of where I need to be and when.  I use the task feature.  My e-mails are routed to the thing.  I have my music.  I have pictures, videos.  (BTW, I also write things down on paper, so again, this O.C.D. thing is a real problem.)

I was up until 3:00 a.m….

  • Writing a blog post
  • Surfing the Web (for God knows what — just stuff)
  • Reading blog posts from those who I follow
  • Texting
  • Tweeting (not only from the BlackBerry but also from the laptop)
  • Listening to music on the CD player
  • Watching television (CNN, BBC, Boomer & Carton, etc., etc.)

My eyes were burning when I woke up 4 1/2 hours later.

Group therapy may be on the agenda…Is there such a thing as SMA: Social Media Anonymous?

C’mon!  I know I’m not the only one tied to electronic devices!  I guess I’m not too bad because I don’t own an iPod or an iPad and I’m not on Facebook (If you fainted, I hope you’re not alone so someone can call 911 — yep, I’m standing firm on those three).

So, fess up, come clean, tell me:  Are you too plugged in?  (Don’t worry, only you and I and like a dozen people who read this blog would know.)

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Oh sh*t!  I totally forgot I had chai tea brewing on the stove (of course, while I’m typing this blog post) and the d*mn thing boiled over!…Oh great.

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*My cousin is on the hunt for a full-time job.  Please, if anyone has any leads, let me know.  She’s a Communications major, has interned at great places, and not only is she in school, she has two jobs.  (She’s got West Indian blood in her.  Remember “In Living Color” here and here?)  So, entry-level, an “assistant” or “junior coordinator” position in media/communications/PR in NYC — preferably — or DC would be perfect.  BTW, I’ll warn you now: If you contact me with leads and I don’t know you–know you, you will be checked out.  I have lots of ways of doing so, and I also know people who know many in law enforcement.  So, don’t be someone looking for fame.  You’ll regret it.  She’s my cousin and anyone who knows me, knows one thing: Don’t mess with me.  Don’t mess with my family.  Truth.

My Laptop: My Downfall

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4 thoughts on “Group therapy may be on the agenda…Is there such a thing as SMA: Social Media Anonymous?

  1. Hello my name is Andi and I am a social media addict. Laptop at work. Macbook and iMac at home. iPhone and iPad2. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Foodspotting, FourSquare…insane in the membrane! I listened to 8-tracks (and vinyls!)

    • Hahaha! I think it’s all a very slippery slope. I thought: I’ll launch a blog. No sooner did I do that, I was asked if I was on Twitter and basically told I *needed* to be on Twitter (I guess to drive traffic to my site…still waiting for that to happen), and then I went skipping happily into Pinterest because I like pinning and taping, and well, Post-It Notes, so it wasn’t a stretch. So you see, I feel if don’t hold firm to my no Facebook rule, I’d easily end up on Instagram, Tumblr, FourSquare, etc. I think we all may need an intervention at some point — and frankly, SMA may very well be a real activity soon. Yep, life was so simple with 8-Tracks and vinyls…except when there was a scratch…then it would be a rush to the turntable to lift and place the needle in another area. (so funny)

  2. I have 2 dumb phones, a laptop, no nook, kindle or any such device (yet). I am on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Blogger, Tumblr, Posterous, Flickr, YouTube, have email. I am somewhat plugged in but I know where to draw a line. No colleagues on any social media except my work Twitter. No exes either. lol.

    • LOL! So many times I happen to do the “unthinkable” by looking up and around while I’m on the subway or train and everyone is either looking at their phone, playing with some type of electronic device, reading (via Kindle, iPad or Nook), and I’m thinking: Wow. We’ve become so self-absorbed and taken over by these gadgets. Are we in danger of knowing how to really communicate with each other — like “normal” human beings. I never thought I’d be sucked into 140 characters or less, but you have the proof! I’m really fighting not to get beyond what I already have on my plate. I already complain about how my job has morphed and I feel like I have been “electronically hijacked”. Sign of the times.

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