Do you like to get the old fashioned, luddite version of mail?
Fossil-fuel burning. Ink and paper. Lick and stick.
I confess to ardent worship of the antiquated practice of letter writing. It's one reason I send handwritten postcards to numerous children on every trip. Why I mailed over 100 letters in advance of the release of my novel. Why the proprietress of the local stationery shop turns cartwheels every time I darken the door.
Lately, though, I've been thinking about letter writing for another reason.
I'm sick of being online.
It's Memorial Day in the United States. A day to remember those brave men and women who gave their lives so that all Americans can be free. They died, in part, to ensure our Constitutionally-guaranteed right to free speech.
I thank them.
Even while our Federal Communications Commission (AKA Bought-and-Paid-For Stooges of big corporations) takes a big ole dump on their memory.
Yes. I know that title's taken. But, the ever-changing landscape of social media ALWAYS makes me feel like a dummy.......AND I KEEP UP WITH IT. I can't imagine what it must be like for people who don't, yet still rely on it for everything. I was at an event yesterday morning, and I asked a Facebook connection a question, and her first response was, "Didn't you see what I posted on Facebook?"
Growing up, I heard the term 'backslider.' A lot. Along with the terms 'bad attitude' and 'rebellion' and a host of other Very Bad Things. At various times, all of them were applied to me.
Here's the Free Dictionary's definition:
Yesterday, I listed a few of the positives from my experience with Digital Detox Lite as a lifestyle. You can find the post here.
Today, I'm going to list a few of the negatives, keeping in mind that a downside is merely a point-of-view. If a reader decides to adopt this lifestyle, I want to make sure I provide a realistic take on all angles.