*Photo Courtesy from Pinterest*
I did it. I took a huge step in getting away from the hole that social media sucks you down. I deleted all social media from my cell phone yesterday.
The only app that I kept was Instagram. I LOVE photography and looking at photos so I decided it was legit to keep that. And besides, I follow a handful of people and it’s just people sharing their lives thru picture. Not people sharing their lives thru their drama.
I will be the first to admit I had become addicted to all forms of social media. And not because I posted a lot or because I had to know what’s going on. Because I was filling a void. What I thought was boredom.
Driving in the car… check Twitter. Waiting in the doctor’s office… check Facebook. Sitting at a family function with family I haven’t seen in a while… show them what I pinned yesterday. Watching television with P-Nut and Bocephus in the evening… check Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest then loop back around.
Ridiculious. It had become a bad habit in my life and it needed to stop.
I have actually been wanting to delete Facebook for some time now. BUT you must have a personal page to have a business page. And I also like to post things here and there for my family I don’t see a lot, to see what I am up too and share photos with them.
Facebook anymore is full of people sharing recipes, “if you share this you will win a new car”, funny/inspirational/stupid quotes & pictures… OR it’s telling me who liked whose picture or status update. And half the time, I have no clue who some of the people are.
BUT… Facebook is a good business tool… so I am stuck. People I could have never reached before follow me on Facebook and I love interacting with other people who share a common love of JUNK! I like the inspiration that others share and I love to find other businesses like mine that I otherwise would have probably never found.
Twitter… I just don’t get it. Maybe I don’t have enough followers but I find it completely pointless. I have tried to get invested in it, but I find myself tweeting just to tweet. Silly if you ask me. So that wasn’t so hard to delete.
I LOVE Pinterest, I get so many good ideas from there BUT it really needs to be something I pop on for a short amount of time in the evenings or something. Not something I spend half the work day on.
Now I know that social media is a HUGE part of being successful with a business these days. You get followers on Facebook, send out tweets about this, Facebook news about that… but to me, learning to rely less on social media and more on actual personal interaction, like back in the good ole days… is what I want to strive for. Both personally and professionally.
I want to live more, stare at a computer screen less. Experience new things, go new places, try new things… not lose half my life to scrolling thru mindless drama, recipes I can google on my own and pictures of grumpy cat that are just old at this point.
When I have down time with my husband… I want to spend that time completely focused on that. Whether it be watching TV, on one of our off-road trips, eating dinner on the back porch, in the car on the way to wherever or taking Bocephus on a walk. Not half listening to him and half scrolling thru Facebook because it gives me something “to-do”.
When I am sitting around with family during the holidays… I want to spend that time catching up with them since I saw them last, taking pictures of everyone together, playing with the kids, aggravating our parents or siblings. Not half listening to them and half scrolling thru Twitter… something I find pointless to begin with.
And when I am at dinner with my friends… I want to discuss our lives and dreams we have, or trips we want to take… not who said what on Facebook, or let alone not even listening to them at dinner because I am busy scrolling thru Facebook. Totally been guilty of that.
I think this world needs a little less dependence on social media as a form of entertainment and a little more focus on getting back to actually picking up the phone and calling someone. A little more focus on who you are with at the time and a lot more putting your cell phone in your purse and leaving it there.
*Photo courtesy via Pinterest from www.laracasey.com*
I’m pretty excited actually about this new little step I’m taking. Maybe you could use this as motivation to do the same?
My only way to check Facebook now is via my desktop computer in my office. I am typically only in my office in the mornings to check emails, blog, etc… So I figure that only gives me one shot to check everything. That is plenty.
Heck, some days I don’t even come in my office… I go straight to my workshop. That will be the true test, to see if I can go a whole day without checking it.
Laugh all you want about that… but have you deleted everything off your cell phone? You don’t realize how much life you miss by playing on your cell phone until all those apps aren’t there and you ACTUALLY interact with human beings, not their avatars.
So from here on out, my blog will become my main source of sharing both personal and professional happenings… might as well save it to your favorites now. :) And my Facebook business page will be the only page you see any kind of posts from me. I am even considering taking my personal page down to nothing… but one step at a time.
*Photo Courtesy via Pinterest from khooll.com*
So now, I will jump off my soapbox and get some work done. There is painting to be done, another room reveal to prepare for and a Jillian Michaels work out ready to kick my butt!
Happy Junkin! And Happy Living!