Wednesday Wandering

I found this piece on CNBC to be quite interesting. Christina Farr, health-tech reporter for CNBC, stopped using Facebook and Instagram in August after seeing just how much she was using them, particularly Instagram. Her conclusion: I haven’t been back, and I don’t really miss them at all…By about the fourth week into my social media detox, I started thinking about my life differently.

While on Facebook and Instagram, I would see a lot of affirmation for people’s milestones: Their engagements and weddings, their world travels, pregnancies and births, their new jobs. I unwittingly started to think about my life in that way, relegating the in-between periods between these major milestones as mere filler.

If I didn’t have anything worthy of a social media post coming up, I felt that I had nothing very important going on in my life. I’d feel a growing urgency to start planning something big or make a change to stay relevant.

Without social media, that pressure melted away. I started to enjoy life’s more mundane moments and take stock of what I have today — a great job, a wonderful community, supportive friends and so on. I could take my time and enjoy it rather than rushing to the finish line.

In short, I started to feel happier and lighter.

In the aftermath of that realization, I read up on the latest research regarding the impact of frequent social media use. A few recent studies do suggest that I’m not alone: A group of students who limited their social media usage saw a significant decline in depressive symptoms [emphasis mine], and a survey in the U.K. found that Instagram is the most damaging for young people’s mental health.

 

Social media is not the real world. I am aware that some will see that statement as hypocritical coming from someone who blogs almost every day and who has a (very small) presence on Twitter. You are entitled to your opinion and I don’t have to agree with you. Life should not be a crusade to get everyone else to agree with you because NONE of us has a monopoly on truth, wisdom, good taste or good judgment. To quote Shakespeare, “There are more things in heaven and earth…than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

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So, what do you think of the looks of this car?

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From factorytwofour.com a picture of a Jaguar F-Type SVR convertible. Is it total heresy to say I like the looks of this car more than those of the legendary E-Type? Do I really care if it is heretical?

I believe I have mentioned this car only one other time on Disaffected Musings, in my Valentine’s Day post to my wonderful wife. She is a big Jaguar fan despite her less than satisfactory experience with the XK-8 convertible she used to own.

The top of the line F-Type has an AWD layout and is powered by a 5-liter supercharged V-8 engine that produces 575 HP/516 LB-FT of torque. I think the exterior design of the F-Type is just about perfect and I think this is one of the few cars that, for me, looks better as a convertible with the top down than in any other configuration.

What do you think?

 

#somanycarsjustonelife

#disaffectedmusings

 

The love of my life

Happy Valentine’s Day to my wonderful wife, who is the kindest, cutest, sweetest and most wonderful person ever. V Squared, I LOVE YOU!!!

Here are three cars my wonderful wife loves and I do, as well:

Her 2015 Corvette.

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From dieselstation.com a picture of a Jaguar F-Type convertible

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From autoblog.com a picture of an Aston Martin. As you can see, my wonderful wife has good taste, so why did she marry me? 🙂