Ok, ok, I’m not actually quitting social media. However, I am on the weekends.
Sorry for the click bait (sometimes you’ve got to let the devil in you out). 😈
I’ll tell you why…..
It has become apparent to me that I was spending less and less time with my family and friends. Even when I was in their presence I wasn’t really.
I’m sure you know what I mean?
Sitting down watching a movie or our favourite series on Netflix whilst texting or looking to see what that notification was isn’t being in the PRESENT.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE SOCIAL MEDIA (there I said it). Heck, I’m pretty much active on it during every waking hour of the day.
But……. and it’s a big but!
You work all of the hours and spend so much time away from home, there needs to be personal family time. Otherwise, what’s it all about?
I feel being switched on all the time isn’t actually that healthy.
How many times have you actually taken a look at the scenery as you’re driving in the countryside or feel pressure in helping your child with their homework (constantly clock watching)?
By pressure, I mean “FOMO” (The Fear Of Missing Out).
Now, I’m in no way judging anyone and everyone is free to do what they want.
This is a personal stance and my viewpoint. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not that important to anyone else.
I just needed to get this off my chest.
Last week, I went to visit my Mum in the Caribbean who had just lost her husband (my step father). I downed tools, took an 8-hour flight and made it my mission NOT TO BE on social media (apart from a few Instagram posts) so I could spend time with her.
I’ve got to be honest, it was quite liberating.
Not only did I NOT miss social media. I actually found the time to enjoy the nice things in life.
I found time to have deep and meaningful conversations with people in the village. I was actually listening to what they had to say (instead of half listening).
To say I was relaxed and at peace was an understatement.
I’m not suggesting giving up social media completely. I’M NOT MAD!!!!!
Not much to mention with final thoughts…..
What I will say is, I’ve started experimenting with NOT being on social media at the weekend and it feels so good. I feel free!
Granted, this isn’t for everyone and there will be a lot of people that don’t agree with what I’m saying or doing. It’s their prerogative.
All I can say is, it’s working for me.
Sorry to mislead anyone with the title (not really, just a bit of fun). I thought I’d get my “Buzzfeed” swerve on.
Have you found social media creeping into your social life?
Have you tried something similar?
Why not give it a try?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.