I Have Questions, You Have Answers – Round 5

  • Have you ever taken a social media hiatus?
  • Would you even consider doing so?
  • What type of social media did you abstain from?
  • What did you do in the interim to pass the time?
  • Was it beneficial to you personally? Would you do it again?
Hit me with your answers in the comments. (Yes, I’m thinking about a hiatus..maybe..kinda.)
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13 thoughts on “I Have Questions, You Have Answers – Round 5

  1. I took a hiatus in 2009 while I completed my masters coursework. I stopped checking facebook for about 5 months. To pass the time, I studied and wrote papers…and crossed into a sorority. Yeah, I like to do a lot. I might do it again, but I would feel like I’m missing out on something.

  2. Never taken a hiatus. I don’t feel the need. If there’s something I need to do, I just do it.

  3. I don’t take social media breaks. It doesn’t interfere in my life like that to the point where I feel the need to. I don’t choose to browse through FB instead of doing something else. I don’t choose to tweet instead of something else.

    When I need to do the stuff I need to do, I do it. If that means less tweeting & FB’ing, that’s fine. My social media time happens naturally. When life is busy, I tweet & FB less.

    I don’t think I’ll ever take a planned break though.

    Although, I have contemplated stopping blogging….but that’s for totally different reasons.

  4. Have you ever taken a social media hiatus?
    Yes
    Would you even consider doing so?
    Yes
    What type of social media did you abstain from?
    Facebook
    What did you do in the interim to pass the time?
    Read
    Was it beneficial to you personally? Would you do it again?
    Yes and Yes.

  5. I’ve never taken a hiatus. I don’t tweet. I don’t blog, I just comment! LOL
    I spend a few hours per day on FB.

    I don’t think I ever will take a break. My job has a FB page so it’s not blocked here at work. And like Nerd Girl my job often has down time. I work in research and it can be painfully slow at times.

    I’m usually not on the computer at all when I’m home. I try to keep home time for my S/O and my son. And I try to make time to actually TALK to my friends on the phone. 🙂

  6. Have you ever taken a social media hiatus?
    Yes. In early May (2011), right after the tornadoes hit Central Alabama, I was done with Twitter. I couldn’t believe the amount of self-righteous preachers talking about what people should be doing with their time and money. I had already felt the urge to stop following some people (and purged them) but after that I was ALL THE WAY THROUGH! I haven’t been back since. I still have the account but I don’t even check it anymore. I just don’t care what most people have to say (on Twitter) anymore. I follow a few bloggers on Twitter (you’re one of them). I get my fix of you all by reading these blogs daily.

    Even though I am on Facebook, I only signed up to get pictures for my contacts on my cell phone. Crazy, right? LOL! I rarely go out to Facebook.

    My job has opened access to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to employees. Yeah… I still don’t think I’ll be logging on to either (Facebook/Twitter).

    Would you even consider doing so?
    See above…

    What type of social media did you abstain from?
    Mainly Twitter. I’m a rare user of Facebook. Like mentioned above, I just don’t care about what most people have to say from minute-to-minute.

    What did you do in the interim to pass the time?
    Nothing. I haven’t missed it at all.

    Was it beneficial to you personally? Would you do it again?
    Yeah, I guess. The “shine” on my new “toy” (Twitter) wore off in less than a year (signed up in June of 2010) and I haven’t gotten the desire to play with it again since I stopped. No need to do it again, not going back.

  7. I used to make time yearly to take a break from life. I only did the bare minimum. No facebook, no twitter (I’ve been on twitter since 08), no blogging, no gchatting, no phone, no texts. I usually wouldn’t tell people I was planning to do it because I didn’t want to deal with all that “whyyyy???” stuff. However, I had a rule that I would respond to emails/voicemails I felt were “worried.” I haven’t done that, however, this year. Probably won’t, either, which is sad.

    So beneficial for me to shut down for a second. I’m really bad about giving too much of myself so that allows me some time to just regroup and repair. The first day is always a little anxiety producing (which is so ridiculous) and then by the time the week is up, I’m a little sad that it’s over (I’ve gone longer than a week before just because I wasn’t ready to “go back”).

    It’s always a good chance to catch up on reading, or get more sleep (amazing how all that connectivity cuts into my ability to sleep). I mostly didn’t do it this year because I didn’t feel a pull to do it, but when the spirit moves… 🙂

  8. •Have you ever taken a social media hiatus?
    I took an unintentional hiatus from twitter when I moved in May. Just got busy and haven’t been on with my previous frequency.

    •Was it beneficial to you personally? Would you do it again?
    I actually don’t know if this hiatus has been beneficial. I found my mentor and a few makeup artist friends on twitter. I may be missing out on some opportunities by not keeping up. I’m actually trying to make myself remember to check it at least once a day.

  9. I haven’t felt the need to go on a hiatus. It hasn’t affected me to the point where I feel I need to cut something out.

  10. •Have you ever taken a social media hiatus?
    I quite Facebook on January 3rd after 5 years. Have no plans to return anytime soon.

    •What type of social media did you abstain from?
    FB. I just opened my Twitter account yesterday. Is it sad that I’m thinking about quitting Twitter too? LOL

    •What did you do in the interim to pass the time?
    Lots of reading and baking. Thinking about pursuing a floral class and possibly a cake decorating class.

    •Was it beneficial to you personally? Would you do it again?
    I would do it in a heartbeat. I’m not opposed to social media but it can be distracting.

    Best of luck with your decision.

  11. I’ve not ever taken an hiatus.
    I’ve thought about it, but I’m not convinced I’d accomplish a whole lot by doing so.
    Passing the time is one of the main reasons I stay on social media. My work load can be hit or miss. I have no idea how I’d look kinda-sorta busy if I weren’t tweeting and/or reading and commenting on blogs.
    I do limit my time in the evenings when LG is awake and on the weekends when Smoochy is home.

  12. Yes, I took a three or four month hiatus from Facebook. It had started to get noisy and I found that I was too plugged in to it. Like checking it on my phone before I got out of bed in the morning.

    I don’t remember having to do anything special to pass the time but I still had FB lite because my family would just tag my S/O in pictures they wanted me to see. lol… I think that social media can become a sort of mental addiction and it’s nice to do a “cleanse” every once in a while.

    Even when I came back, it didn’t go right back to like it was. I also didn’t reinstall the app on my phone.

  13. Yes, I’ve gone on social media hiatus.

    I always do it right before or right after my birthday (in Jan.)

    I take a hiatus from Twitterville and Facebook. (I’ve been known to cheat slightly and slide thru the Twitter streets a time or two during hiatus).

    I caught up on all the things I let fall by the wayside when I’m too busy tweeting/facebooking. (i.e. reading, home improvement projects, writing more in my journals, etc)

    It is definitely beneficial and yep I sure will be doing it again.

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