A few months ago I was at my parent's house on Sunday afternoon. My mom was chatting away to me and I was doing what I do best: scrolling through Twitter on my phone. Sad yet true. After a few minutes, I looked up and it dawned on me. I had NO CLUE what she had just said. Whatsoever. I claim that family time is important to me, and yet here I was stealing valuable time away from my family. My mom turns 70 years old this year. My time with her is precious. I never want to look back on our time together and realize I had spent most of it on my phone. Scrolling Twitter.
But...my family is just as guilty. When we were at the beach a few weeks ago, my mom walked into the room and started laughing. Me and both of my aunts were all sitting side by side on a couch and yep, you guessed it. On our iPhone. Two of us were checking Twitter (my 66 yr old aunt! on Twitter!) and the other was looking at face book. Oh my how times have changed.
When my friends and I were visiting NYC, me and one of my friends were
constantly taking pictures and then uploading them to Facebook or Twitter. Or Instagram. Whatever. We were either looking up
taking a photo, or looking down posting them. Her sister wasn't doing this, and made the comment that if you spend your entire trip taking photos, you aren't experiencing the moments. You are just trying to capture them.
I know I'm not the only one who does this. The other day when I was out to said brunch below, a girl came up to me and asked me to take a pic of her and her boyfriend. They got together and acted all lovey-dovey for the photo. After I took the picture, I watched her sit down and proceed to (I'm assuming) do the same thing that we all do - upload it to Facebook. Her and her boyfriend were both on their iPhone, and didn't even look up at each other for at least another 10-15 minutes. No communicating at all. Just...Facebooking. Go out to any restaurant and look at everyone sitting up at the bar.
You'll see a bunch of people who used to talk to each other, now looking
at their phones.
The bottom line is that social media is stealing my time. It's taking huge chunks out of my life. Out of my experiences. It's taking over my life. And I really want to stop it.
But it's hard. It's not just social media, like Facebook and Twitter, sucking my time. I log my food into my iPhone on
my fitness pal. As I mentioned earlier, I play Words with Friends. I use
the Notes app to keep grocery lists. I use Nike Plus to log my runs. I
check email, pinterest, and pay my bills on my iPhone. And then there is the normal phone stuff like texting. I can't lie..this may or may not be me more than a few times....
My goal for the next month or so is to stay off my phone when I'm out with friends or family. Conversate more. Tweet less. Pay attention when someone is talking to me. Unplug. Live my life. Because these moments are going by faster than ever before. Because at the end of the day, I don't want my life defined by a status update on Facebook.