Technology these days is what I would consider groundbreaking – it has removed the need for maps and landlines, shopping can be done from one’s couch, we can even chat with someone in another country within minutes… the list is long.
These advancements have made things easier and quicker. The downside, coincidentally is functions that were formally done person-to-person, are becoming more limited: buying gas, purchasing tickets to a movie or event and even general discussions between friends.
This in mind, I decided a year ago to take a social media cleanse, realizing the importance of connections with people and not just through technology! This meant no social media for a period of time – no Facebook, no Instagram, no Snapchat, no LinkedIN… (you get the idea). This also meant making an effort to interact in a more organic way.
When you decided to shut down social media, you immediately realize how plugged in you were to your friend’s and family’s lives. This may feel like a void initially, however instead of reading about someone’s day – you actually get to hear about it from them! It becomes apparent these personal connections are exponentially more meaningful than a ‘like’.
Generally speaking, I’m not big on social media messaging or texting for the important stuff and my friends and family are aware of this. You just got engaged? Call me. Expecting a baby? Call me. Have a concern in our relationship? Call me. I like discussions and hearing the excitement and inflection in someone’s voice when they have exciting news. I craved more of those personal conversations, not scanning them in a sea of Facebook posts.
After my ‘cleanse’ I decided to keep only my Instagram and LinkedIN accounts and not re-enter the world of Facebook. For me personally, I felt Facebook was detrimental in the following ways:
- it connected me to people artificially, yet did not provide any value in deeper connections with them
- it became a monotonous time drain that morphed into a habit rather than something interesting
- it made me feel like everyone else (1.5 billion people) and mostly unoriginal
- it became more like a digital yearbook complete with high-school-type drama and political rants
In the end, my social media hiatus gave me a fresh perspective prompting me to nurture genuine friendships with those who truly mattered and get rid of senseless scrolling. Furthermore, I now live a more fulfilled, happy and interesting life!
// Photo Details //
Equipment: iPhone 6.
Editing: Instagram ‘Mayfair’ filter.