“We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time.
Technology is not changing it much – if at all.” —Steve Jobs
TRUTH: Since I began blogging almost two years ago, I have not taken a single day off from Social Media.
Personally, I felt like there was such a need and immense pressure to keep up with the ever growing blog world, while showcasing the picture perfect world that I live in. But honestly, its far from that. Staged photos, highly curated #ootd shots and every single hair in place, is not my life. 9 times out of ten my hair is wet and thrown into a bun on top of my head, my eyebrows over grown and clothes thrown all over the house. Why don’t I utilize Snapchat to promote my blog? Well, for one, I hate my voice. Two, the behind the scenes look isn’t so glamorous! I’m not that interesting, honestly.
So this past weekend, I took a much needed break from technology and social media, and boy did it feel GREAT. I can’t say that I planned it. I hadn’t gone into Saturday thinking, “I’m going to turn my phone off and step away for 24 hours…” My boyfriends parents came into town early that morning and watching a five year old play flag football turned into lunch, which turned into running errands, and before you know it, hours had passed. I missed my posting deadline, hadn’t checked the total likes on Friday’s photo, didn’t log in to follow up with emails or blog stats. And what do ya know, the world didn’t end! It felt SO great to be physically and mentally present, with people that I adore. Conversations were more meaningful and my heart felt so full at the end of the day. It was such a relief to re-gain that power back!
Here’s what I learned…
1. Exiting out of social media apps helps to remove those unhealthy feelings of jealousy and envy. It’s easy to want what we don’t have, or compare ourselves to others. Again, when people are creating a picture perfect world via their little 9-box grid on Instagram, its hard not want that new designer handbag, or to be 5 pounds thiner. Regardless of whether its temporary, avoiding the use of social media allows you the time and energy to focus on the things that are important, while being appreciative of what you DO have, not what you do NOT.
2. Combat FOMO. Ya know, fear of missing out? It’s real and even I have experienced it! Just recently I had recieved an invite to attend #rSthecon in Dallas, the rewardStyle conference with elite bloggers and brands for an entire weekend. Yes, I opted to attend a wedding event here in Houston, rather than attend. Nonetheless, I experienced major FOMO all weekend long. Connecting with brands, meeting new bloggers, and watching the fun and opportunities unfold via Instagram and Snapchat were painful. Its hard to be content and present in the moment, but it is a skill you can master by limiting your time scrolling your feed!
3. Life happens right in front of you. Recent studies indicate that the average person checks their phone every 6.5 seconds! Imagine what YOU are missing out on every time your face is burried into your phone. Real, authentic conversations are few and far between these days. How often do you smile at a stranger? Or use that extra hand to hold open a door? If you’re constantly staring at a screen, you’ll miss it all.
4. You’ll appreciate the value of making memories with loved ones. Americans spend more time socializing online, than they do in person! This tends to happen more during holidays and I promise, you don’t have to take a photo to prove a moment happened, just like you don’t have to tweet every random thought you have. Whether its chasing around your 3 and 5 year old niece and nephew in the backyard like I did this past weekend, or baking your Mom’s favorite dessert for Mother’s Day, imagine the memories you’ll forver cherish without technology taking up your time.
Loves, I urge you to take a digital detox, sooner rather than later! Believe me when I say, you’ll feel refreshed, recharged and more inspired than ever before. I promise, the world won’t end and you wont miss out. It will still be there when you return!
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