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An Interesting Article on Social Media

Here’s another interesting article about social media and how it is “addicting.” I have seen other articles that talk about how people who spend a lot of time on social media are often depressed because if you view the world through facebook, it’s going to appear that EVERYONE is happier, wealthier and more active than you are! This happens because people tend to post their good news–vacation pictures, eating out, athletic victories and so on. It’s the ultimate in watching that high school clique form and feeling like you aren’t one of the “in crowd.”

I don’t know if things are as dire as the article states, but I do know that checking email is addicting…and a great way to procrastinate getting things done. I don’t have a smart phone so when I’m outside gardening or grocery shopping or cooking, I’m away from my computer and it’s great. When I used to take vacations, I felt like I had to have email with me because what if an agent or publisher wrote while I was away (this actually happened. The one time I had an agent, she contacted me when I was on vacation, lo, these many years ago!) It turns out that I’m really not very important and I can do without email. I know I can do without facebook!

If it isn’t too hot in your part of the world, step away from technology. If you can find anyone still gardening, smell the roses!!!

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Posted: August 10, 2017


  1. Not me. I have spilled my guts out to our gang. Life is NOT a bed of roses for sure.
    I am very lonely, but I have hubby to talk to most days. BUT he is not a woman.
    .smell my summer phlox and roses and petunias every day.
    Do not text at all. I try but my fingers shake too much.
    Maria, you are a ray of sunshine in my life.🤗🌞🌞

    Comment by Heather — August 10, 2017 @ 6:38 pm

  2. Hi Heather! I think loneliness is a part of us as we age–sort of like a fine wine that we let sit too long and it can have that hint of vinegar. The trick is to ignore it as much as possible. It’s good that you don’t depend on social media. It’s not something you can count on. And no matter our age, good friends are hard to find!

    Glad you stopped by. You bring out the best in people!

    Comment by Maria — August 10, 2017 @ 6:41 pm

  3. By the way, Looked at your garden hobby. Zucchini is very hard to grow.
    We had a plant that gave us 4 nice ones. While hubby was gone a week, went out and checked them out. Holy moly! There was my plant shriveled up and flat as a pancake.
    Looked down and saw millions of moths all over the plant. They ate my little one that was still growing. I screamed, Brian screamed, it was so scary watching them crawling
    Every where we looked!
    My bugs were brown not orange. Grrrrrrrrrr……

    Comment by Heather — August 10, 2017 @ 7:07 pm

  4. The moths are somewhat brown. I only see the orange when they fly. I’ve never seen more than two or three at a time and I kill them when I see them!!! At least you did get some before it flattened! I only got 4 cucumbers this year, but I’m trying again. I planted two more and they are up. No flowers yet, but I’m ever hopeful!

    Comment by Maria — August 10, 2017 @ 8:23 pm

  5. My Dad lived in NJ and was an avid gardener of both flowers and veggies. Growing zucchini was never a problem for him, or his neighbors or his entire neighborhood. Their only problem was finding someone to take the excess crop. A lot of zucchini bread was consumed in the summer.

    Oh, and I can’t “smell” the orchids, but when I was moving my greenhouse to the new house, I found an orchid that had been hiding four flowers on its back side. My first ever orchid that I got to reflower!!!

    Comment by Margaret Lake — August 10, 2017 @ 9:33 pm

  6. Yes, here in NJ we have a problem with people sneaking around under the cover of darkness and depositing shopping bags of surplus garden zucchini on unsuspecting neighbors’ doorsteps.

    I don’t garden, myself, but I do try to make time whenever I can to sit on the back deck and catch some sun with a good book (my primary ereader does not have any wireless capability) and a mug of tea.

    Comment by Kevin — August 11, 2017 @ 2:17 am

  7. Kevin, that is LIVING!!! Awesome way to spend an afternoon. Or morning. Or whatever!

    Margaret! That is AWESOME! Congrats! No luck here. It start to grow that stalk and then the heat hit. It hasn’t died and it’s inside again, but no signs of flowers.

    Comment by Maria — August 11, 2017 @ 7:23 am

  8. I always come up as addicted on those tests as I always have my phone near me. But I used to always have a book near to hand. I go days without reading emails. I’m forever missing some important one that’s gotten lost in the mass of emails I’ve ignored. And it’s gotten to the point that I only read Facebook on my birthday. There’s always some technology that is going to ruin the youth of today. And we seem to continue to survive. My guess is that the next wave of technology will divert our attention eventually.

    Comment by Elisabeth — August 12, 2017 @ 3:28 am

  9. As “addictions” go it’s probably a lot easier to deal with than many others. We see entire families sitting in restaurants and everyone is staring at their phones. No one is talking. Sometimes we see the businessmen/women sitting at lunch–and instead of a break from work, they are all checking their phones. We finally do have a phone where we can check emails. I’m not sure we know how to do so (my husband may. It’s more for emergencies and travel than anything else). But I do check my emails every day, all day long. It’s nice to be reminded that I don’t actually NEED to check them so often!

    Comment by Maria — August 12, 2017 @ 7:28 am

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