Web, social media ‘connection’ is a double-edged sword

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[Originally published in The Sun Chronicle]

My mind was wandering the other day and I got to thinking: What did people do before the Internet? And a question I had an even harder time answering: What did I do before the Internet?

I can’t pinpoint the exact moment it became a central part of my life, when I started using my computer for something besides typing papers and playing Oregon Trail, when writing e-mails and visiting Web sites became new methods of procrastination.

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Detoxing from Facebook

Jessica Mooney gave up on Facebook last July. The 30-year-old pediatric nurse knew something was wrong when she caught herself looking at a friend of a friend of a friends’ wedding photos on the popular social networking site, which boasts 800 million users worldwide.

“I was like, ‘This is so pathetic and a waste of time,'” said Mooney, a former Foxboro resident who now lives in Boston.

Then, last summer, Mooney traveled to Europe with her best friends and realized she was taking pictures of incredible places and people, only to put them on Facebook.

“I knew I was done then,” she said. “It was stupid to take pictures just to post them on Facebook, instead of actually enjoying things.”

Since ending her Facebook life, Mooney says her relationships have become “deeper and more meaningful.”

She logs on to LinkedIn about once a week to keep in touch with professional contacts, and now makes time to meet with the friends she formerly “connected” with on Facebook… Continue reading at The Sun Chronicle.