Social Networks Are Losing Their Hold On Me

It’s been some time since my last post. One significant change since then is my lack of Social Network interaction. I removed Facebook and Twitter from my devices about two months. I deleted my Instagram account a while ago. Oh yeah, I removed Snapchat from my phone recently as well. I just don’t see the point in any of them. At least not for me.

If anything, they were a big time suck. There were times when I felt I “needed” to go on them to “feel connected” with the world and those around me. Other times, I would go down my newsfeeds and then realized that I wasted hours away and have to rush other things the rest of my day. There was never a moderate way to use social networks. More importantly, I didn’t feel more connected to anyone using them. If anything, I felt more isolated from everyone and more of a stalker than a participant of some post on any of these social networks.

There have actually been recent studies about how people are getting more depressed while using social media. I agree with them. I did feel less than when I would look at how “great” everyone else is doing compare to myself. It made me think about things in a more superficial and superfluous way. Since I’ve omitted social networks from my life, I have been feeling a better sense of self-worth. Also I have more time for ingesting things that I genuinely enjoy. Whether it be reading, listening to music, watching shows (catching up on shows actually), etc.

Yesterday, in fact, after the all the hoopla of the solar eclipse that didn’t seem to pass over New York City (at least I didn’t see the sky darken at any point in time), I went on a little walk around Central Park, looked around and enjoyed it’s splendor in a way I haven’t in some time. I really started impressing on my mind the grandeur and scale it took to create this thing in the 19th century that is still standing today in most of its original form. I was especially awestruck when I finally took a little break around Bethesda Terrace and just admired the view. It’s amazing to see the work that went into it and the work that’s going into it to preserve it to this day.

Anyway, my point is, I feel like I”m living a much fuller life excising social networks from it and not because of them. And there are some sites and internet services that will prompt to connect my Facebook profile to them etc, but I will not budge. I haven’t deleted my accounts yet (to date, I’ve deleted my FB 3 times and came back for some reason or other), but if things continue as they are and social networks cease to even be an afterthought, I may get rid of them altogether.

Typing with my iPad

I recently got myself an iPad and wireless keyboard as my Xmas gift and figured why not test it out as a supplement to my computer when I don’t have it with me. Thus far I’m enjoying the keyboard that I got based on a review I read. It’s a great little keyboard made by Microsoft and feels almost as good as a laptop keyboard. More importantly it was extremely affordable ($39.99).

Currently I’m using the WordPress app to type this away and am also testing out the split screen feature to test how well I can multitask in comparison to a fully functional computer.

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Thus far multitasking between Safari and the WP app was pretty seamless, though it’s still more convenient to do these things on a computer. Also it seems to take forever to upload photos on the post via the app.

After waiting for what seemed like an extremely long time I decided to just log on to WordPress via Safari like I would on a regular computer and was able to post a picture with ease. This was definitely eye-opening. It seems the web, even if it’s mobile web, is still more functional than web apps despite the arguments to the contrary.

All in all, not a bad first start with this experiment. Tune in when I start using the Stylus I bought by 53, as a supplement to  a pencil and drawing pad. I’m trying to get back to my old hobby of drawing and may spur on an old childhood dream to become a cartoonist (though I still feel that is far fetch).

Back To Pandora One and iTunes Match

It’s 2015, or close to the end of it and I’ve decided to go back to my old setup of listening to music via Pandora One and iTunes Match. At the end of the day I’m about cost cutting and simplicity and this set up checks off all those points.

It’s funny, I had this set up back in 2011, and then after a year I decided to try something different. Years later and many experimentations with different set ups and trial periods I decided to go back to old reliable. Pandora has been around a long time. They have an easy premise, customized radio stations are pretty much set it and forget it; unless you want to thumbs up or thumbs down some songs for more customization to your liking. You really don’t have to think to much about it. Just let it play and go about the day.

One of the biggest knocks I had with Pandora and still do somewhat, is that there song selection is more limited than the other music services out there. But I’ve come to a realization. I don’t ever have a chance to listen to all 12,000+ songs in my music library so what does it matter if I have only 2 million songs to listen to vs. 15 million or whatever Spotify has nowadays. If I’m bopping my head to the Pandora station then that point is moot.

I still like what Pandora stands for. All about the Music Genome project. I like idea of how they pick songs based on my interests. It works. It’s affordable. When I get service with T-mobile that allows Pandora to have unlimited streaming w/o taxing my data plan it will really rock my world.