I ran into a friend yesterday and we had a brief chat about my self-imposed social media “break”. (it's been 9 days since my last post lol)
She was wondering how it was going and we talked about how much of an effect SM use can have on our lives.
I told her that what jumped out almost immediately for me was how hooked I am on social media (especially FB) and how many times during the day I have the urge to “check” it. I guess I was rationalizing that I needed to be checking because it was business, and I felt like I had to engage with any response immediately.
Fighting the urge to check or post something was strong initially, and the old FOMO (fear of missing out) was present in a BIG way. Wow!!
(Secret: I did give in more then a few times and “snuck” on to have a quick scroll 😊)
A few things I have learned about my relationship with SM (especially Facebook)
I took this break, so I could refresh and use the time to study and read, listen to my heart for what’s next and just relax and enjoy the moments.
What’s come from this time so far:
All very insightful for me. I am not walking away from SM. It’s a great tool for building relationships and connecting with others and I get a lot of enjoyment out of my friends and colleagues posts!
So, going forward? More mindfulness about how I am relating to and using SM.
How about you? What has been your experience? I would love to hear your thoughts 😊
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