There have been many times in the past year when I have wanted to update this blog, but lack of time and exhaustion of the topic stopped me. I knew that it would take me months to fully understand what happened to me and it has. For many weeks after, I didn’t even want to talk about the project because I was so overwhelmed with it all.
As time goes by, I still notice the physical and emotional impacts the project has had on me. My ability to effectively multi-task has lessened or I seem to have less of a tolerance for it. I feel as though I am overwhelmed more easily by emails, text messages, and social media or at least I am more aware of its affect on me now.
In response to this, I don’t use facebook much anymore. I will occasionally post images and I will sometime “like” something, but it’s difficult for me to really engage in it. I have only logged on to Twitter a few times. I opened a Foursquare account as part of another art project, but I’ve abandoned it now that the project is over.
Since starting grad school a few months ago, I have had little time to socialize on or offline. For some, this may be a perfect example of when facebook helps you maintain your friendships with little investment of time. However, it doesn’t work that way for me. Instead, I try to squeeze in face-to-face interactions. Although, they may be few and far between, it seems to be a better use of my time.
From my conversations with others, it doesn’t seem like I am missing that much on facebook these days anyway. Many have told me that they think facebook is changing. A common comment is, “It’s not as interesting as it used to be.” There seems to be a shift from personal use to networking or more business-based use. I keep wondering if the the novelty is starting wearing off. However, these people I speak of still have their facebook accounts and so do I. As much as I try not to participate, I still can’t seem to cut ties. I feel that it is a social norm and I must have an account to be a part of society. Plus there are still some nice conveniences. Apparently, the positive benefits still out weigh the negative.
Here’s a quick update on the documentary. Josh started working on it, but has yet to complete it. The pressures of everyday life have gotten in the way. We apologize to those who had hoped to see a final product by now. Especially to those who graciously volunteered to help with the shooting and many others who were filmed. Your time and involvement in the project continues to be greatly appreciated.