Several online dictionaries define an addict as a person who is addicted to an activity, habit or substance. The definition on Merriam Webster includes, “a person who likes or enjoys something very much and spends a large amount of time doing it, watching it, etc.
I think we all have become addicts of something at some point in our lives. I know a lot of us are addicts of social media one way or another. I know I am. How many times have been on a red light and you check your Facebook or Instagram? What about while having dinner with friends or family? What about in the mornings? Is this one of the first (maybe the first) things you do when you wake up? Maybe while seating on the toilet? I think we have become addicted not only to social media but our smart phones. The other day some shared on the elevator they forgot their phone at home and the first thing someone said, “how did you survive?” how did this happen to us? Do you remember the days before text messages? Before any social media took over our lives? Do you remember how it used to be? How you interacted with your friends and family? Seems like so long ago, doesn’t it?
I shut down my Facebook page about two weeks ago because I realized it was taking too much of my time. I was becoming the person I described above and it made me feel pathetic. I felt pathetic because I realized I was wasting precious time. I felt pathetic because I was starting to lose connection with those closest to me. I felt pathetic because I was taking time and attention away from my little guy. This last part is probably the main reason I decided to take a break.
I re-opened the page because there are a few major events coming up that I would like to share with some of my friends I don’t get to see too often. This and my blog is probably the only reason I will keep the page open. Most of my blog visits are thanks to Facebook, which keeps this blog alive. Don’t get me wrong, I do like Facebook and enjoy seeing what others are doing. Facebook is not the problem, I am!! I’m the one who makes the choice to constantly check it and take time away from the important things.
I will say I didn’t miss it one bit! It wasn’t hard at all to take it out of my daily routine. It was actually refreshing. I began paying more attention to my surroundings. I called people and even did face time with a few of them. I paid more attention to Gael during playtime. I didn’t have the urge to check it.
I encourage you to try it. Give yourself a social media rehab. Don’t try it all once maybe just one- Facebook, Intagram, Twitter, or Pinterest etc?? Disconnect from it and connect with people. Call friends instead of “face booking” or texting. I know we are all busy and we like to convenience of a text message or quickly scanning our friend’s walls but once in a while call your friends. If we have time to text or surf our feeds we have time for a call, a visit and even a lunch. Keep social media around but don’t let the connection you have with people depend on it. Just try.