I need your advice.
On a recent vacation, my host and I tweeted to each other, while in the same house. Is this a new low, or is this just what it’s like to be on social media these days?
Lying in bed in their guest room early one morning, reading email on my laptop, I saw Greg’s tweet:
“Made cheese sambouseks with @diannej yesterday. Iraqi empanadas. We share a common background, and she’s here in my Missoula kitchen!”
(Let me back up a little further: Greg and I met 12 years ago at The Symposium for Professional Food Writers at the Greenbrier, where we discovered our similar background. He grew up in Shanghai, the son of an Iraqi Jew; and both my parents were Iraqi Jews from Shanghai.You don’t run into that every day.)
So I tweeted back, from bed:
” That was fun, Greg. It was a pleasure to watch such baking mastery in the kitchen.”
He followed with:
“Finally managed to corral enough huckleberries to stir up a batch of sour cream buttermilk muffins. Everything’s ripening late in Montana.”
Fresh huckleberry muffins! I slammed my laptop shut, got dressed, and ran into Greg’s office one floor down, where we both laughed at the silliness of our communication method. Then we had a photo session with the huckleberry muffins, searching for natural light, because Greg has a blog too.
Later that day, I also put this photo on Facebook, and responded to comments in the car.
But I felt kind of guilty. Is this the new normal on vacation, to communicate with the virtual world while trying to stay in the real one? Should I be thinking in social media terms all the time? Was it rude to communicate with Facebook friends on my phone while on a social outing with live ones?
And my final question: Do you do this too?
(In my defense, my tweeting and Facebooking slowed down by Day 2 and disappeared by Day 3 of vacation.)
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