Well, I have decided to take a much-needed break from all social media platforms. This wasn’t an easy thing for me to do because, I’m sure you are all aware of how highly addictive social media can be but it became a necessity for me to do so. So let me explain why.
Facebook: I enjoyed having a Facebook account for a couple of reasons. 1. All of my beautiful pictures! I have pictures from when I first opened the account. It’s nice to see pictures of when my children were babies, of my engagement to my fiancé (hubby), my sisters’ weddings, nephews and nieces, and the list goes on! I once stored these pictures in previous computers that have crashed or have been infected with viruses so Facebook became an online photo album for me! 2. Reconnecting with high school and college friends as well as family who live near and far. I used to post updates ALL THE TIME in the first few years but then as the years went on, I posted less and became a serial spectator. And that is what led me to break ties with Facebook temporarily.
I became so obsessed with others’ lives that I began to neglect my own. I enjoyed watching and reading all about my friends and family’s vacations and yet, here I am, home with my kids, on the phone while they watch TV or YouTube! I was sort of becoming depressed and slightly jealous. I kept asking myself, “Well, why can’t I buy a house or go on a lavish vacation? Why can’t I take my children to amusement parks or broadway shows?” What made this so ironic was that I COULD have done all these things but somehow, in the midst of it all, I found myself living vicariously instead of actually living.
Instagram: Well, I had a different kind of obsession with Instagram. I became obsessed with the amount of followers I was gaining AND LOSING! I felt the pressure to post content just to maintain and gain followers. It became a job! One that wasn’t fun at all. I obsessed over the quality of the picture, filters, HASHTAGS!!!! OMG! Hashtags are so annoying!!! I also became obsessed with maintaining the theme of my page. It had to be light and pink! There were so many pictures that I wanted to post but didn’t because it didn’t go along with the stupid theme.
Twitter: Only started a twitter account just to promote my blog and YouTube channel. I’m hardly ever on twitter! In fact, I don’t even know how to use it so why even bother, right?
Snapchat: I particularly enjoyed snapchat because of the filters and it was fun posting snaps with my kids but again, with the same problem I had with Facebook: living vicariously and not living at all.
So, a much-needed break from social media is to be had! I will return but not to all the platforms mentioned above. I may return to Instagram but delete the others. And to be quite honest, once I find a way to save all of my precious pictures on Facebook into my Dropbox account, I will be deleting Facebook for good.
It’s time to revert to the “old ways” of socializing! Guess I will be making more phone calls and visits from here on out!
How do you all maintain not to get sucked in? I’d love to know!
Until next blog,