7 days without social media

If a child graduated from 5th grade, but no one tweeted about it, did it really happen?

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2:00pm - The manly activities continue! I finally have time to finish putting together my new meat smoker.

4:15pm - Manly activities come to a crashing halt when I volunteer to go food shopping. Of course, food shopping can also be fun for guys...

9:00pm - My wife and I wrap up a quiet day by wrestling the kids into bed (with a fairly minimal amount of cursing); we then snuggle and watch a few hours of HGTV (if my buddies ask it was SportsCenter) before turning in for the night.

Sunday (day 7)

8:00am - It's Father's Day! Or, as we call it at my house -- the last of the 12 days of Father's Day.

9:00am - The family and I head to out to a tasty Father's Day breakfast and instead of focusing on social media, I'm focusing on my awesome family -- and a plate of corned beef hash.

1:00pm - We head to picturesque Rockport, Massachusetts for a few hours of family time and salty breezes. The only time I have an urge to tweet is when the hot dog stand we order food from takes 45 minutes to serve us. Instead, I deal with my anger the mature way -- by getting a vanilla ice cream cone with chocolate jimmies.

6:30pm - Back at home after a great Father's Day I realize one more big advantage of not checking Twitter or Facebook on a day like today: not having to read updates about the US Open (i.e., golf).

7:00pm - I open my Father's Day gifts which include a mug, new grilling utensils and...

It's probably for the best that I can't post this to Facebook.

Epilogue

After going a full week without using social media, aside from a few permanent psychological scars, I also came away with the following conclusions:

1. Social media has become my major form of self expression (mainly to complain).

2. For a 41 year old man, SpongeBob SquarePants plays a far too prominent role in my life.

3. Much as I enjoy keeping track of what my network of online friends are doing all day long, I can actually survive without it (for a few days at least).

4. Contrary to what the Pew study says, these online relationships aren't substitutes for real social support, but rather an additional layer of support, at least for me. So take THAT, Pew!

5. I can actually do the following things without having to simultaneously tweet: operate the grill, drive, and use the potty.

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