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Trying to dodge social media
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This may come as somewhat of a surprise, but I'm frequently a focal point for criticism. Yes, I'm sure you're in shock.
If someone has a problem with the newspaper -- any problem -- it tends to find its way to me. This can be anything from little Billy failing to be mentioned in a sports story for scoring one point, to a crime story where someone has been arrested.
The crime story complaints are always the worst because the person will invariably kick and scream about being innocent, then three weeks later they will plead guilty in court.
I take the verbal abuse in stride because I've been known to dish it out too. I figure it I'm going to be a convenient punching bag for the greater Warren County area, I might as well get a few jabs in along the way.
All this is a roundabout way of explaining why I don't have much of a presence on social media sites. Folks call and let me have it on the phone, and they aren't shy about giving negative feedback to me in person either. Why in the world would I want to give people yet another outlet to hammer me?
This has long been my thinking, although I was beginning to soften my stance in recent weeks because several people have been telling me I really need to get a Facebook page. My thinking is they must want me to post pictures of my breakfast.
So I'm giving this whole Facebook thing serious consideration and I'm on the verge of registering for an account when I see a story in USA Today about a 19-year-old resident of China who cut off his left hand to battle what he called his Internet addiction. The story was sketchy about how the teen accomplished this, but it said he cut off his hand and then left it behind on a bench.
Medical technology the way it is, the hand was able to be reattached at a hospital, although surgeons say he may never regain full control of it.
Reading further into this story, it says Internet addiction is a full-blown problem in China, which now has an estimated 250 Internet addiction-fighting clinics. The Chinese consider this one of the top societal dangers for their young people. It was noted some people with advanced stages of the problem have trouble leaving their homes for face-to-face encounters.
So now I'm thinking maybe this Facebook page is not such a great idea after all. Maybe some people would enjoy seeing me post selfies of myself from Gondola, but it has the potential to spiral out of control into an all-consuming Internet addiction.
Then, just as I'm about to turn all Kim Kardashian and post pictures of myself in compromising positions, I cut off my left hand. Come to think of it, I'm going to continue to pass on this Facebook page.
Standard editor James Clark can be reached at 473-2191.