In October, I took a break from social media.
Well, really I just left FB & Twitter, and tried my best to stay off instagram as much as possible.
Why? Well, my phone had become glued to my hand at times when it shouldn’t be, and it was scrolling and my eyes were scanning. I wasn’t capturing memories of my days by camera, but rather only the snippets that I had edited in my mind to be share worthy. My contribution to conversations were starting to consist entirely of online phenomena. Negative things I saw/experienced in social media impacted my day negatively. And, most importantly, my family took notice of all of this. (Yup. Insert BIG GULP here)
So I said goodbye on October 1st, and came back today.
And here I am, on the other side, to tell you that it’s not that lonely or scary without it. In fact, it’s pretty good. The news of the day comes from sources of authority such as your family, IRL friends, and good ‘ol “news” sites/channels. There’s a lot less of it, and you just have to hear it once instead of seeing it pop up multiple times over the day. Your far-away friends still exist via phone and email, but you have to reach out a bit more, and that’s a good thing sometimes. And there’s a lot less ickiness that I’ve had to wade through in my mind, my heart, and on a screen. (I had good political timing on this)
Was it a good thing to do? Oh yes it was. Did I miss people and sharing? Yes, but now I know I can still do that, but don’t need to know all about everything all the time. Right? Seems so logical, but once you’ve been swallowed by the hole, it’s hard to see.
From here on out, I’ve decided I’m not giving anything up, but just the time I devoted to it. I’ve cleaned up my media in ways to limit my exposure to negativity on both sites, and deleted the FB & Twitter apps from my phone/iPad permanently to avoid the crutch from here on out. I still check in and chat, just less often and with less concern. And considering that I’ve lost my phone more times than I can figure this month, because I just put it away and never go looking for it unless I’m leaving the house, I think I’m on track to keeping my hands off of it.
And I’m happy to say that I’ve found a happy place for my blog to go from here on out. A good balance and little manifesto to go with it on the site.
I’d especially encourage my mommy friends to take a break in the upcoming holiday seasons from social media, as it is a good thing for everyone in the house. In fact, in December, I’ll be organizing a little “hands free” campaign that I hope you’ll consider signing up for… a way to unite behind putting your devices down and sharing life with those in front of you.
So, it’s good to be back, but I’m glad I had the chance to be gone as well!