I can quit anytime...really...

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By Angye Morrison

Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a profile in Facebook, which I check via my cell phone several times a day. It’s a great way to stay in touch with family and friends. It’s also one of the quickest ways to reach me.

If you’re not familiar with Facebook, it’s a social network on the Internet. You can sign up for free, and you can e-mail people, add photos, post notes and update your status frequently – your status is however you’re feeling or whatever you’re doing at any given moment.

Your “friends” – those you’ve given permission to access your profile – will receive updates on how you are and what you’re doing each time you update your status.

I’ve written about this before. And I admit I have a problem. I am addicted to social media (Web sites like MySpace, Facebook, twitter, etc.) And my addiction has expanded. I’m now hooked on twitter as well. It’s more of the same...just in an abbreviated format.

I defend my addiction, however. I used twitter to post updates regarding the storms last week and to solicit photos and comments from Gadsden County residents regarding where the worst flooding was. I’ve also used it to request commentary about the school board budget cuts currently under consideration. All in an attempt to collect and present the most current information for our readers as possible.

See...? It’s legit.

But I can turn my phone off anytime I want to and completely ignore Facebook. I can resist the urge to “twitter.” Really. I can.

To prove my point, that’s exactly what I’m going to do this Sunday. I declare that this Sunday, at least for me, is a media-free day. I am taking, if you will, a social media Sabbath. I will not check my Facebook page, nor will I twitter. I will not check my space or anyone else’s.

What will I do with all of that free time? Good question.

Perhaps, if the weather is nice, I’ll break out my camera and see where my lens points. Taking photos of people and places is one of my favorite things to do.

Maybe I’ll grab a sketch pad and a pencil or two and just go draw something. That’s something I haven’t done in quite a while.

Or perhaps I’ll read a good book. Maybe I’ll hit the mall and do some people watching...another favorite pastime.

But whatever I do, it won’t involve any media.

Unless I get really bored...

You can follow “Miss Angye” on twitter and “Angye Morrison” on Facebook. E-mail your comments and suggestions to me at editor@gadcotimes.com.