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.
Des is a full-time online marketer who sells information products and a membership program. He tests and studies what does and doesn't work and then shares his findings on this website. He takes you behind the scenes of how he runs his business to help you market yours.
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