Thursday, October 25, 2012

Social media.

I'm just going to be straight up honest with you.

I'm an addict.

To social media that is.

As many others of you might be out there. It's all around us. Our phones are like a computer we can take with us wherever we go. We have the capability of being connected 24/7.

Honestly, this has affected alot of areas in my life.

I have tried many, many times to disconnect but have failed each and EVERY single time.

Last week I deleted my Facebook and Twitter and the apps from my phone. I've done this many times but there was something different about this time. I knew this time that this was it and I was going to do it and I was going to follow through.

I was craving a change, a change that I knew was long past due. I had lost all capability of being able to truly live in the moment. I didn't like the person I was becoming, and if I'm being truly honest with myself, it's the kind of person I'd been for while.

I think what really did it for me and solified my decision was when I was spending time with my 7-year old niece a couple of weekends ago and she directly asked me "Why are you always on your phone?" ......

Ouch!

My heart dropped. I never want her to feel that updating my Facebook status is more important than her or have her wait a moment while I send that tweet. I don't want to put social media above anyone or anything that is important in my life and I realized that's exactly what I was doing.

That one simple question was humbling and caused me to reflect on where my priorities are.

I'm already noticing that my life feels less cluttered, there's not as much noise because I'm not constantly filling my head with people's FB post/statuses or tweets and all things social media.

Who knows, I might have it again sometime. But for right now, I don't see it anywhere in the near future.

I want to control social media, not have social media control me.

Anyone else struggle with this??

8 comments:

Rebecca Jo said...

I can see people being addicted to it - but like all things, moderation is key. I know for me, I HAVE to stay connected on Facebook for my photography business - but my personal page? I definitely have stepped back from it ... & my twitter is just a 'when i'm bored' kinda thing :)

I actually dont get on it as I used to so dont feel like it takes over my life... but have seen so many bad things happens with both Twitter & Facebook...

You totally gotta do what you know you need in your life... & if that's cold turkey, then good for you for taking the step!

Katie @ Loves of Life said...

Yea...this is the reason I left twitter. Just can't do it. I totally feel ya.

Aishlea and Brandon said...

I have the same problem, minus Twitter, which is why I didn't ever join! ha! I knew I didn't need one more thing to add. I have tried to be better about not picking up my phone when I get home in the evenings unless I need to call or really need to send a text. Cohen had gotten to where he was bringing my phone to every room we went to. :( He knew I was too attached and it took him to break me. Or start. I'm proud of you! :)

Jordan said...

Right there with ya! I've actually been staying off Twitter. I would LOVE to delete my FB but can't because of my business pages.

Linds said...

Totally know what you mean. This is why I take breaks from time to time. To regroup and declutter. Not sure I could completely delete them, but I'm open to the idea if God lead me to do so. Good for you for sticking to your guns! Although, I do have to say, I miss you!

Kristin said...

I do understand where you are coming from...although I don't have a data package on my phone I know if I did I would be on it too much....I know that I spend too much time on FB when I have access to my computer. If I spent even 1/4 of my FB time reading the Bible...I can imagine my relationship and connection with God would be so much greater. Maybe it is time I make a change too!! :)

Holly Martinez said...

You know I'm right with you... some people can say they moderate it and for them that works but you know what works best for you and I commend your decision and for everything there is a season and this is your no facebook season :)

a boy a girl and a pug said...

oh completely. i said my goodbyes from twitter awhile ago...i just couldn't keep up. takes a few days going cold turkey but you won't miss it. :-)