Gaining Balance Between Online and Offline Time

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I'm going to admit it - I am often overwhelmed lately by how much there is to do online and how much you feel like you're missing out if you log off. Before smartphones, it was never a given that someone could reach you via email. Now, with my blackberry, I can literally check email 24/7 no matter where I am if I choose, and the pressure is silently there to do so or miss out.

When it was just blogging and there were a handful of blogs out there, it was easy and enjoyable to keep up. But now it's not just blogging and commenting -- it's Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest and Stumbleupon. Many of them move in real time, and if you log off, you miss the conversation.

And then it feels like you're back in middle school, left out.

Mama's Monologues has a post about trying to find balance with her online time. Our overwhelmed feelings about online time feel remarkably similar:

I’ve been battling the online world. For a while, I thought I was losing, drowning in a sea of unread posts, swimming through comments. Dodging between time on the twitter.

I enjoy being online. But at the same time, I was starting to resent it.

I resented that I could never finish anything I wanted to in one day. I resented that time online was taking away from time with my family. Time to just be me.

Her solution is to unplug.

Have you ever gone on a social media break? What was your experience?

Photo Credit: Anieto2k.

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