Monday, July 22, 2013

Social Media Free Weekend {& Social Media Addicted}

Y'all. I had no idea this was going to be so hard! I did however have an inkling that I just might be addicted to social media. The constant scrolling, scrolling, scrolling was... well... CONSTANT. I had this gnawing feeling that I always needed to be in-the-know, refreshing Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see what everyone else was up to. At the store, in the car, out to lunch, with the kids, you name it and I was multi-tasking, rarely fully present. Talk about ridiculous.

This weekend I decided to declare myself on a social media break. Boy, was that hard. And I only made it until Sunday afternoon. A few things happened while on this break that showed me just how much I depended on social media.

1. I caught myself reaching for my phone in my devotional time. More than once! Yes, I like to and frequently share a verse or insight or discovery that the Lord has put on my heart, but it can wait until I have devoted my entire attention and time to Him to remain fully present with Him in the moment. He deserves the first fruits of my day and thoughts, not half of my attention while the other half is styling my journal, flipping through filters, and "accidentally" checking the hashtag to see what others are posting.

2. I got some great news --more on this later ;)-- and I started for Twitter before texting my Mom. Oops. I should share these things with her and the people I love that have been rooting me on personally, then I can broadcast it for all to know. Common courtesy here and simply a good thing to do.

3. With a lack of social media to scroll through, I found myself scrolling through my e-mails and my old photos. How sad! I'm addicted to scrolling! Just PUT THE PHONE DOWN and nobody will get hurt. Goodness gracious, people. I laughed at myself multiple times over but still did it!

4. And, in the middle of writing this post, what did I pause to do?! One guess: scroll through Instagram. Oof.


It's amazing what you can learn in a weekend. We are a generation so dependent on technology and our friendships and relationships have layers so deep in this world of social media. We chat, tweet, text, poke, blog, tag, you name it. What happened to coffee dates and hand written letters? Well, I still go on coffee dates but my phone is on the table, and the letters? The recipient typically gets a heads up text to know it's coming.

How about we simplify, hm? I'm not good at it yet, and the social media free weekend obviously didn't work, but it was a lesson well learned. For now, my vow is that my phone will stay away when with others. Be in the moment, the messages and images will be there later. This minute won't be.

How was your weekend? Have you tried going social media free? If so, how did it go?


10 comments:

  1. I have done this twice before - the first time was the weekend after the marathon bombing and since i am from Boston but was away at college, I was *constantly* watching the tv to keep updated and scrolling through social media. I just needed a break away from it all. I also did it the following weekend too because it worked so well. I was able to be so productive and get a lot more homework done. I should try it again, if only to plan on getting some little projects done around the house!

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    1. Wow, what a week that must have been for you! Social media has it's benefits, as in keeping up with news and such, but it can be dangerously all-consuming and overwhelming. It's all about finding the balance :)

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  2. Wow that is awesome that you were able to step away for a weekend. I don't know if I could do that (which is SO sad.) i love the print as well. It really is crazy how much the internet has consumed so many of our lives and we barely recognize it.

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    1. So true. A little awareness will do us all good I think!

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  3. Being social media free is so tough--so props to you for accomplishing that!! I've done it here and there and it would be a lie to say that I didn't struggle. I took time away from Facebook for awhile because I was tired of how time-consuming it was and how it made me feel. But like everything in life, it's all about perspective and that break helped me realize that people like posting the highlights of their life, not their entire lives.

    Oops. Didn't mean for this comment to be so long + deep. Congrats again! And congrats on the news, too (I saw it via instagram). :)

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    1. Thanks girl! And I love your long comments :) Just shows you can't help but share your heart, and I love that!

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  4. Thank you for your honesty and vulnerability, because I definitely struggle with this too and I so appreciate seeing those words out in the open - it's less scary that way ;) I haven't done any social media freedom lately but I'm thinking I should pick one day a week to do so....

    Ellie
    www.ChoosingPeaceBlog.com

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    1. It's a challenge for sure, but quite eye opening. Thanks for dropping in, dear!

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  5. So interesting how dependent on social media we've become! I bet it would be hard for me too... maybe I will challenge myself. :)

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    1. Go for it! It's tough but worth a try!

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