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What I Missed Taking A Week Off Of Facebook – Brian’s Blog

Brian and Zander on a rock
Brian Gary, TSM

What did I miss taking a week off of Facebook? Not a thing. I never opened it once for the week and loved it. I found how little attention I was paying to the world around me. I found that life is much prettier in real life than on an eight inch screen.

Zander and Vanessa throwing rocks
Brian Gary, TSM

I just lived and didn’t report anything or keep checking to see how many people “liked” it or not. I liked it and that was all that mattered. I watched TV and actually watched without checking my phone constantly, I talked to my family while they ignored me and stared at their smart phones. I never realized how much we didn’t talk until I was only one not on the phone. I listened to music. I listened to the birds sing. I listened to the mountain streams and heard the “plunk” of the rocks we were throwing hitting the water. I had lunch with a friend and talked only to each other.

Brian, Vanessa and Zander in mountains
Brian Gary, TSM

I know these tools can bring us all together and make the world smaller but it seems like it actually makes it easier to avoid actual human contact. I love that we can all talk to each other on the computer but let’s make sure it doesn’t take the place of human contact. I had a great week away and learned a lot. I have confirmed my priorities and will be living more in the flesh. My career is in the virtual world but my life will be more human. I love this world and want to enjoy every bit of it.

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