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Backward Numbers

Technological achievement is a poor replacement for intimacy.

Season 1, Episode 9

A few years ago I didn’t know anything about computers, and I wasn’t into slick cadets, except for a handheld electronic dictionary.

Because the writing world moved to social media I reluctantly followed. Established authors said the only way to make it as a writer is to embrace Facebook and similar sites.

At that time I despised the “online world” and deemed it as a drag on the soul and a waste of time. All of these likes, hearts, follower count and retweets was creating anxiety issues.

Sometimes I still despise it and view social media as a time suck.
There I am at 2 in the morning scrolling through twitter, or should I say brainlessly scrolling through twitter trying to find something to perk my interest.

Minutes turn into hours as I beat myself up for not getting anything done.

That’s bad, but that’s not the worst part.
Quality time with my wife is also compromised.
I know, that’s pretty awful.

Things are better now, not perfect but a huge improvement.
I’m practicing more self control and learning I don’t need to be “on” all the time.
It’s not like thousands of people are waiting breathlessly for my next post.

A simple thing as putting down the phone and staring in her eyes goes a long way. This action builds intimacy.

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Music: Scary Industrial Noises by Tim Kulig
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Music: Celestial Theta Brainstems by Tim Kulig
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