Confession: I seriously envy people who don’t use social media. I envy them so much that I’m actually jealous of them.
It seems so far and few to find people who don’t have a Facebook account, don’t check in hourly on Twitter, or who don’t post endless photos on Instagram. I know this because any time I talk to someone who doesn’t have a Facebook, it’s so rare that my first reaction is, “How do you do it? I don’t think I could. I just have family and friends so far away and….” So on and so forth.
I struggle with being able to use social media without using it too much. Sometimes I want to disappear off of it completely, be that mysterious girl with no online presence, but how can we do that in this day and age without disappointing all of those loved ones who we connect with online? As a military spouse, I use Facebook to mostly update my friends and family with pictures of Isla with a little bit of what’s going on with Dom and I sprinkled in (and that’s generally through this blog and less through status updates).
It’s hard to find a balance between not using social media and not missing what’s going on around me. Dom and I are getting rid of cable this month and with it will go our morning routine of watching the news while we make breakfast. That being said, I will now be more reliant on Twitter to update me on the happenings of the world (and my morning emails from The Skimm).
But I often struggle with logging on and not getting sucked into the endless stream of (mostly unimportant) information. This also goes for Facebook, but Instagram less so because I genuinely feel that it boosts my creativity that day…plus, it makes me happy. I only follow accounts that I feel better my day in some way.
This year, I’m focusing hard on disconnecting more from my online presence and living in the present.
I turned off the notifications for everything but texts on my phone so I won’t run to the *ding* every time someone comments on my Facebook or sends me a message.
I’m making an effort to blog more because I love sharing my life and I feel like it’s a productive way to spend my free time, but I only check other people’s blogs first thing in the morning and right before bed. I’m also writing several blog posts per day when I have free time and scheduling them to post throughout the week so I spend less time on my computer each day.
I’m trying to spend less time doing things for the likes online and more time really focusing on what is happening around me.
So far, so good…but it’s only January.
How much time do you spend online? Do you feel it helps or hinders your day? Any tips on how to disconnect without disappearing?