Part of my unplugging from social media involved deleting apps and stuff off my phone. I took down Instagram, Facebook, and Facebook Messenger. I never had Twitter. I have even taken email off my phone. The only social network I have left is SnapChat, but I actually log out of that each time so that I don’t receive notifications or anything.

So, this is all going to sound kind of cliche, but I have found myself really connecting with people and my environment now. My partner and I went down to Myrtle Beach over the weekend to see some friends and go to the Avett Brothers show. The whole weekend, whether we were watching the concert or walking on the beach with friends, I was more focused and attentive to my surroundings. Checking my phone didn’t really appeal to me because I knew there was nothing on there to distract me.

It felt good. Really good.

I certainly miss my apps when I’m standing in line at the grocery store or something, but I’ve got podcasts and Audible to provide me with stimulation. I still find myself checking Facebook more than I should, but I’m down to about two days a week where I open up that website. Hopefully, I can keep transitioning it out of my life and I can continue to reconnect via text, email, and phone calls. I have about eight friends that I email with now and I get together with two of my friends from elementary school twice a month via Skype.

The only time I actually know what is going on in the world is when I go to the gym because they have CNN and FoxNews. And really, there is nothing valuable about being informed right now. Every headline about Trump or Mueller or whatever looks the same as it did a month ago. I’m really glad that I cut that all out of my life, ignorance is bliss and maybe that isn’t always a bad thing.

Wanna stay in touch? Got a question for me? Want to tell me why I’m wrong and are curious how I got everything so backward? Have an idea for a blog post? Drunk and wanna send me a snapchat? Wanna become penpals and send each other letters in the mail about life in general?

Feel free to reach out at any of the ways below while I take a Facebook break!

Email address: pjneiger@gmail.com
Instagram: @peterneiger
Questions:  pneiger.sarahah.com or www.surveymonkey.com/r/XYRDXHH
Snapchat: @pneiger
Also, I wrote a book about a cross-country bicycle ride I did!
“Wandering Oak: A Rite of Passage”

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