This is a battle that I find myself fighting. Everyday. I have this love-hate relationship with social media, so much so that I have often thought of just getting rid of all of my accounts at once. Boom. Just be done.
Do you find yourself in the same boat? Ever?
But then I realize really, what a gift it is. Technology is something I don’t always keep up with, but thanks to a husband who kinda needs to keep up on it to stay “hip” with our youth group kids, it’s helpful.
But in adding accounts here and there, I find myself rather grateful for them because I am able to keep in touch with people that I would not be as easily able to, if it wasn’t for social media apps and various other avenues. And after realizing really, for me, what a blessing social media is, I am starting to embrace the changing culture that we are living in. Finally, eh? But don’t get me wrong, social media isn’t for everyone!
I can be rather old school sometimes – indeed, we still have a landline, which I know is becoming an obsolete thing. Why do we have it? I find that I get fewer spam calls on my cell phone and they all go to our home phone, which has caller ID on. Yup, I screen calls and do not feel one bit of guilt doing so. I do have a smart phone, but just last year, after my S4 started to not charge, we finally upgraded to a XS iPhone. Okay, and not going to lie, wow. Definitely not on the “high end” but it is nice! I have used it COUNTLESS times for maps, apps, deals, calls, texts, etc. But what I love most is that I can easily keep in touch with those around me.
For this stage of life for me, social media is something I am really starting to finally enjoy, instead of having this constant love-hate relationship with it. So what’s the hate? Yup, I got sucked into the mindless scrolling and checking. Don’t we all find ourselves there at times? But once I realized that I was doing it and didn’t like it, I started to change up some habits and it’s been very freeing. Yes, indeed I sometimes felt bound to it because I always had to see what the latest was. Can you relate?
I also was playing the comparison game. I was insecure, that’s for sure! And that’s why it bothered me so much. I would see what others were doing, wearing, going, etc. and thought oh, that’d be so nice! Well, I’m kinda over that. After all that has happened, I celebrate with those who are living life to the fullest and am thankful for the life we’ve been given.
Not to mention, I have so appreciated the avenue that social media has played during my whole heart ordeal. The messages of encouragement, the prayers being sent up, the ability to keep everyone updated, is truly such a gift.
But in learning to ENJOY social media, I have also learned to turn off notifications on my apps, and only check when I have a hot second. Do I scroll to get caught up from where I was the last time? Not always because I just don’t feel the need to. Plus, let’s be honest, Facebook doesn’t let ya see half of your friends’ updates thanks to their “algorithms” right?
What I have really enjoyed though, is “meeting” people I would have never met, if it wasn’t for social media. Some of the most amazing friendships I have, I am able to keep up with, thanks to social media. Some of the most amazing people I have met, have been through social media. I almost have to chuckle at that because shoot, 15 years ago I wouldn’t have even THOUGHT of this!
So what about you? What are your thoughts about social media? Do you have a love/hate relationship with it? Do you have a hard time setting boundaries for yourself? I once downloaded an app to track my social media app usage and to be honest, I wasn’t astonished and it made me realize that since I turned off some notification options, I don’t pick up my phone all that often “just to check” to see what’s going on in the world. I will fully admit that I am WAY behind the times when it comes to knowing what’s going on around me, but it is my stage of life. My life is in my home and I am so loving it. And I’m loving being able to connect and reconnect with people who I never imagined connecting or reconnecting with!
What do you love most about social media? What drives you crazy? I’d love to hear your thoughts!