Facebook as a cure for the pitfalls of thesis writing

Morris dancing at Corfe CastleMy Facebook usage has diminished as my Twitter usage has grown. However just recently one of my other circles of friends has “discovered” facebook and this has got me back into it again.

I’m now nearing the end (I hope!) of writing up my PhD thesis. Eileen (one of my supervisors) said early on that “It is difficult to underestimate the amount of single-minded focus required to write up a thesis”. That kind of stuck in my mind. I think she is right. Before getting to this stage, I was an active member in a Morris Dancing side, playing the piano accordion and happily going out for dance-outs in the evenings and weekends. I was also a member of a concert band.

I dropped the band membership. Two hobbies became too much. This year, I also suspended my Morris dancing activities. I told the side that I needed to take the year off and haven’t even been out to watch any dance-outs. It’s as if I fell off the edge of the earth.

Meanwhile, my morris dancing chums have started joining Facebook. They’ve found me and offered “friendship”, asking how I’m doing etc. One has joined a second Morris side in the town just a few miles from where I live and has passed my name onto them – so I’ve had a very nice offer of friendship from one of their members wanting to chat out me maybe playing music for them.

It’s reminded me of the fun I used to have, got me back in touch with people that I was drifting slowly away from and generally made me feel like becoming a bit more pro-active on the social front.

Facebook as a cure for hermits 🙂

by Gill Clough

About Gill

Having worked as a Research Fellow with the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, I have now semi-retired but retained my association with the OU as an Honorary Associate.
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