I like social media.
I completely acknowledge all of the horrible things that can and do come from it, but I think it's easy to forget all of the good things that can and do come from it. I'm a big fan of social media and the internet, and technology in general. I have a blog for crying out loud. I'm a supporter.
However, social media is a huge time suck.
I have the ability to waste more time on my phone or computer than I ever thought possible. And I truly consider most of those as "wasted" hours. I think there's a huge difference in being productive and using my social media hours to promote my blog, connect with blog readers, promote my Mary Kay business, support IU athletics (where i'm also employed), and things of that nature versus mindlessly scanning Twitter, spending 20 minutes to choose the perfect Instagram filter (after spending 20 minutes taking the perfect instagram picture), getting irritated at my personal Facebook page (people i went to high school with cause me to shake my head far too often), or obsessing over 6 second Vine videos.
All of my goals end up suffering because of the social media trap.
Monday night I ended up only getting 3 hours of sleep. Why? Because when I went to bed at 11pm I opened my phone and immediately got sucked into all of my social media apps.. for hours. That's about the time I decided I needed to reevaluate.
I'm not giving up Twitter or Instagram. I'm certainly not giving up my Vine addiction.
Let's not talk crazy.
I am going to make a conscious effort to use my time wisely. I'm not going to "unplug" in the typical way that you hear most people talk about it. I don't think spending one day a year or one day a month completely "unplugged" is that realistic and I also don't believe that it solves the long term problem. I just don't. Instead I'm going to just check my phone less throughout the day, every day. I think it's that simple.
So if I'm taking a long time to respond to your email or several hours to respond to your tweet, well, just know that in that time I'm out living my life. Maybe I'm doing an income producing activity, maybe I'm spending a few extra minutes talking with my mom. Maybe I'm watching one of my favorite tv shows and giving it my full attention. Maybe I'll be listening to Jillian kick my ass. Maybe I'm spoiling my puppy nephew. You never know what I could be doing, but the point is that I'm out doing it. Hopefully it'll give me more things to blog about.
Maybe I'll take more pictures to include to posts like these so I don't end up filling it with pointless gifs..