Recently I was at dinner with a friend who was telling me how sick of Facebook she is. She’s quite the Facebooker, using it about 5 times a day to add pictures and when she’s on holidays, she plasters her every experience and photo on Facebook leaving nothing to ask her about upon her return. So I found it interesting that she reported being sick of it. “Why keep using it then?” I asked her.
I think most people never get to ask themselves this question. They just continue on because that’s what the rest of the herd is doing.
Recently I came across this quote which I really love…
“Sometimes we must detach ourselves from the rest of the world in order to feel more connected to it” ~ John Curran
Social media was designed to keep people connected, yet we are feeling more disconnected than ever before. When we go on holidays, most often we enjoy time outdoors, exploring, tasty new meals, markets, visiting others, seeing the sights. Who ever says “I’m off to Europe for 2 weeks to sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day so I can check Facebook incessantly, Tweet about that, call my friends on Viber, Instagram photos of my hotel room while I watch TV browsing Pinterest. And then when I get home, I’m going to make a video of my holiday and upload it on YouTube for the world to see.” It may seem far-fetched, but it’s not that far from the truth.
If we love our holidays so much, to deliberately take ourselves away from our computers and traffic, why aren’t we bringing the benefits into our daily lives? I gave up social media months ago. I don’t miss it and more importantly, I’m not missing my friends’ lives. When we get together, we’re together and nothing feels more connected than that.