Today is celebrated as “Social Media Day”. While part of the reason behind the day is to
welcome the world to sit back for a moment and reflect on the widespread changes social media and the digital revolution have provided us. Source
I wanted to share why I find it important to unplug from social media..at least every now and then.
As bloggers and content creators, we all want to stay updated on the latest, engage and stay connected with our audience and drive traffic to our blogs. Our social media outlets are generally the preferred way to accomplish all of this. It seems like we’re always tweeting, pinning, posting, tumbling, recording and instagramming. Thankfully, due to constantly evolving technology, we are also able to schedule our interaction so our accounts don’t go “dry”.
Well, I’ll be the first to admit that I sometimes allow my accounts to be a “ghost town” for a few days, mainly on the weekends *GASP*
If you allow it to, social media can consume you. I shared a post on Facebook yesterday from Hey Fran Hey, who so eloquently summed up why unplugging from social media is so important.
We’ve become so consumed with what’s happening on social media that we forget to take time to enjoy life, our life. I know I have been guilty of trying to have a conversation with my husband, while “multi-tasking” on Facebook or Instagram…no bueno. My friends and I often joke that “if it’s not posted on social media, then it didn’t really happen”. It may sound funny, but it’s true.
Don’t get me wrong, I love social media but I like to maintain a healthy balance between it and “real life”.
Social media is the reason why many of us were able to accomplish a lot of the things we’ve accomplished. I have made friends, formed relationships and gotten many opportunities, and built two businesses with the help of social media. I’m so grateful for all of these blessings.
However, unplugging every now and then is important to me, and I’ve made it a point to take time off (mainly on the weekends) to have read, watch a movie, go to the lake and generally enjoy life’s simple pleasures without the distractions of social media. It’s a great way to refresh, renew and recharge your mind and body.
YOUR TURN: Do you “detox” or unplug from Social Media? Do you think there is such a thing as “too much” social media? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Until next time