So I got up this morning, of course after hitting the snooze button quite a few times, made my coffee and my toast and sat down in front of the t.v. to enjoy my breakfast. Once I finished my toast, I picked up my iPad, as I do every day, and indulged in my sickness. My morning ritual while drinking my coffee consists of (and it has to be in this order, sometimes I think I have a little OCD about it): check my Facebook, check my Instagram, check my WordPress, then check my Pinterest. (I do have a Twitter account, but I’m not a big fan of it. I can’t keep my thoughts short…) To sum it up, I get a full dose of social media first thing in the morning. I try to convince myself that it’s the same thing as watching the news, but deep down inside, I know that’s baloney…
So not only is this my morning ritual, but I hit up my social media at lunch, again when I get home, and sometimes right before I go to bed. And if I’m sick and lying on the couch all night, I tend to hit it up a little more often. Add it all up, and it becomes a whole lot of time spent “socializing” on social media.
Now, ironically, while I was on Facebook this morning, I came across an article about the dangers of social media overload. I didn’t read the whole article because I was feeling a little ADD and couldn’t focus, but the gist of it was that we tend to isolate ourselves when we’re so “connected” to people through the wonderful worldwide web. I guess I get that. You become so busy updating statuses, posting pictures of what you had for dinner, or pinning projects that you’ll probably never do, that you forget that there’s real people out there that you could…GASP…talk to! It does become an addiction, and you can start to feel like if you don’t post that picture for #tbt that you’ll suddenly have no “friends”.
Another big issue with social media? And I swear I read this in a legit article, it can cause depression. It sounds crazy, right? Think about it, though. Haven’t you ever seen someone’s fabulous vacation pictures from Aruba and suddenly become upset that you’ll never be able to afford to go to there? Or maybe you constantly see posts about how wonderful so-and-so’s life is, and you sit there and think that everything is going wrong for you right now? Ironically again, I saw a post on Instagram this morning commenting on how you only post what’s good in your life, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have your share of troubles. Just because you took that awesome vacation doesn’t mean that your life is perfect. When we’re constantly focusing on the good in others’ lives, we tend to focus less on the good in our lives. We start to compare, but in reality, we’re not comparing the truth. We end up comparing the best times of one person’s life to the harsh times of our own. Think about if you do this day after day. It kinda makes sense that some people might experience depression.
So what’s my advice for the best way to combat this sick addiction? Just put it down. Put down the iPad, put down the phone, put down the laptop. If you can’t go cold turkey, check out all your social media once, and then put it away. Take a walk, call a friend, or talk to your cat (being home sick for a couple weeks now is slowly turning me into a crazy cat lady…). It takes something like 30 days to develop a habit; it’s probably going to take at least that long to start breaking it.
And now, a general update. Ironically, for the third time, it’s about my Facebook page. I had deleted my Facebook page for the blog because I felt like I was having a hard time updating it and using it for useful things. But then I realized it affected my stats, so I have re-published it. When I publish a new post, it automatically posts it on my page. Seeing as how I’m trying to do a social media detox right now, don’t expect too much more than that, but feel free to like my page anyways.
Have a great day everyone! Hopefully it will start feeling like spring so you can take my advice and go for a walk. Much love!