With social media literally everywhere you look, it is challenging to escape its grasp. When I went to school, there was no Google or Facebook, or ANYTHING. I had a Commodore 64 computer and thought I was hot stuff when I made the screen fill up with hearts.I went to the library to do my reports. I looked up my questions in a real, live encyclopedia.
I played outside every single day and came in when it started to get dark. I talked on the phone while I watched TV shows with my friends and dreaded the horrible sound of a busy signal.
I try to think back and see if there was a time-waster in my early years that rivaled that of getting sucked into the social media abyss.
The one thing I can think of is the TV. That was my social media connection growing up. Seeing commercials, watching television programs, and advertisements were what kept me in tune with the times I was living in.
Unfortunately, now I am consumed by television AND social media. I can do both on any phone, laptop, or tablet. With one or two swipes and a voice command, I can be connected to just about anything I choose.
Finding a balance for it all is the key to not losing your mind. Admittedly, I have not found that balance yet but do know when I have had enough. It is amazing to me that the thought of forgetting my phone sends me into a panic.
I might miss something.
In reality, I won’t. It will all be there when I get back. If my family needs to reach me, they have my work numbers and home number.
Connecting to my surroundings and being present in the moment with the people I love or am with is much more important than some person’s Facebook status that I haven’t talked to in 10 years. Much more important than crushing candy or bombing pigs with birds. Finding ways to not let technology take over your life!
Find ways to not let technology take over your life!