Last night after a long day of working and dealing with a lot of different things, I came home and all I wanted to do was relax. I tried to update my phone, and to my surprise it decided not to work, and freeze. Now to most people, this would probably be annoying, and frustrating, and to me it was that, and a little more. I was planning on writing this post today anyway, but after last night I feel like it was meant to be. I try to think of myself as being “semi-connected”, someone who knows what’s going down on the interwebs, but someone who isn’t completely putting their whole lives out there. Some of you may disagree with this because I do have a blog, and I am pretty open about my personal life.
Anyway, the fact of the matter is that I have been feeling like sometimes our generation is a little bit “too connected” with social media. It seems that no one can eat a sandwich, or have a coffee date without making sure they post it on Instragram…it also seems like Facebook has become a venting space for relationships and life. Social media has a huge impact on our lives, but is it becoming too much?
After my mini freak out moment last night I started to think about what I would do without my phone. The more I thought about it, the more upset I got, and this bothered me. You all don’t need to know what I had for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If I miss a day of blogging, not all is lost. Not everyone needs to know if I am having a bad day, and frankly, without my phone glued to me 24 hours a day, I would be completely fine. It might actually give me a chance to have less stress in my life.
This isn’t a bash on social media, or me calling out other people for the choices that they make, because we all decide what we want to share, and how we want to share it. Social media has become a part of our lives and also allows us to connect with each other on a level that wasn’t available before. Without these types of connections, my blog wouldn’t be where it is, and that is one of the reasons I am such a huge supporter of it. I think my phone breaking for a few hours last night was a good wake up call for me to just relax a little, and realize that I don’t need to stay connected 24-7. It’s important to stay involved and post, and tweet, or chat, but it’s not all life is about.
Sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and realize that there are so many other little things in life that we miss by just constantly being glued to our phones or computers. Limiting connectivity may not be so bad after all, and may actually bring more inspiration than you thought.