Sometimes we love it, sometimes we hate it, and we can all agree that it can be extremely addictive. You guessed it, I’m talking about social media.
I have said before that it’s not hard to discover the beauty of social media when it’s used properly. It has become one of the biggest and most powerful marketing tools for businesses all over the world, and as a blogger who is looking to develop a digital brand, that’s good news for me.
Not to mention, social media is a great way to meet new people. It’s a great way to communicate with your friends and family. It’s a great way to keep your peers in the loop with what’s going on with you from day to day. Oh, and another great way for you to keep up with what’s going on in the news. It has basically become life in our hands.
While I can think of a million ways that social media is beneficial to both you and me, I can also think of a million ways that social media, I feel, has caused us to neglect reality or as I like to call our lives offline. There’s nothing more of an eye-opener than being in the presence of loved ones, who none of which can take a minute to disconnect from their electronic devices, myself included.
Last year, I posted a photo to my Instagram account with the caption, “Sometimes you have to put the phone down and live in the moment. Take time to absorb the love around you, engage in meaningful conversation, value face to face interaction, or just take a breather. Taking a moment from social media doesn’t mean you’re at all unhappy. It only re-shifts your focus to things more important and valuable — things you can’t get just anywhere. #OfflineIsTheNewLuxury.”
Shortly after, I found myself on a social media hiatus, which lasted about 2 and a half weeks. I logged out of all of my accounts, deleted the apps off of my phone, and indulged in life as I knew it best before social media. It was refreshing. While 2 weeks may seem like such a short period of time, I was able to take in so much of what I had been neglecting, which was time, love, and appreciation for my reality.
Have you ever taken a social media hiatus? If so, why and how did it feel?