Social media doesn’t hold as strong of a hold as thought

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Wednesday I performed an impromptu experiment. I was my own test subject, and I decided I would see what it is like to go one day without all the various social media services I use.

It was an interesting day to say the least, and I feel I learned a lot from it.

First, let me say I didn’t wake up deciding I was going to avoid all social media for a day. It just kind of happened.

I was busy at work, and by noon I realized I hadn’t even logged onto Twitter yet, which is very strange for me because I’m constantly on there.

So I decided it would be interesting if I could go the rest of the day without Twitter, and I added Facebook and my blog in for good measure just to see how strong I really was.

It was tough to resist after I decided not to use any of these social-type services, especially since I can access all of them from my phone.

However, at the end of the day, I went to bed without having gotten onto any of them. It was a proud day.

And like I said, I learned something. It didn’t bother me too much. I love being connected on Twitter and Facebook, and I love blogging; however, I didn’t go into withdrawals like I thought I would.

I don’t know what this little experiment proves except that I can go without my online world if I so choose.

Of course, the real test would be if I could stay offline for an entire day if I so chose. That means not even looking at news websites or anything like that.

I don’t think I could do that. If I tried, I think I would start sweating profusely and probably begin shaking uncontrollably.

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My name is Todd Vogts. I am an assistant professor of media. I like the color green, riding my motorcycle, and being with my family and friends. A good book is a perfect companion for me any time, and I'm a published author and journalist. Visit my website at and follow me on Twitter at

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