Is Social Media robbing you of your precious time?
Obsession– ‘An idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind’.
Addiction is a state characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite adverse consequences.
Every week there seems to be a new app or a new updated ‘must have’ phone released on to the market. I just can’t seem to keep up! It is soo time-consuming checking the various social media sites the minute we open our eyes in the morning and struggle to keep our eyes open staring at the gleaming light just before bed. Then we wonder why we can’t sleep with so many images and thoughts flying around in our minds. When you think about how much time do we spend daily scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Viber, Whatsapp, Twitter etc? It has become the alternative to the historic newspaper or watching live news coverage. I mean who needs to when you get everything from the weather down to how many calories people are consuming throughout the day and personal diary accounts. For many people like myself it can create negative feelings of body/ lifestyle/ relationship envy when in actual fact most of the time it is a facade and people naturally ONLY display the better side of their lives. The truth is they too experience bad days they just don’t parade that on social media. It is good to remember this when you are scrolling though your news feeds 😉
Don’t get me wrong I am one of these people too!!! I recently read an article in relation to ‘smart phone pinky’ which is where the phone leaves an indentation on your finger :O (I’m sure you all just checked). This is what led me to be more mindful & conscious of holding my phone unnecessarily. You all know what I mean.. Finding yourself unconsciously clicking on to Facebook 2 mins after you just logged out. For what?
I often think as a nation will be become dumber as our phones become more intelligent due to the fact that we Google just about EVERYTHING! Like generations gone before us had to actually solve problems themselves and read books to search for the answers. Whereas everything is just one click away for us now! It’s quite frightening that kids as young as two know how to use a smart phone! :O I do believe in years to come as more devices will be put on the market that the problem is going to get bigger and bigger. In my opinion I think it will be ‘the norm’ in years to come to enter rehabilitation for this problem just like we have NA, GA and AA for the various types of addictions at present.
I think the following images are a great visual representation of todays society:
To view more images & give yourself an ”OMG that’s sooo me” moment click here.
I believe everything in moderation & just being a little bit mindful when we are around others. You can’t fully listen when your mind is elsewhere. Try be in the present moment and give those around you your undivided attention. One of the main negative consequences of social media is the reduction in face to face socialisation. Therefore when we do spend time with our family and friends be aware of how precious time is for people in their busy fast pace lifestyles in the 21st Century. This is where you can incorporate the skills of meditation 😉
I am yet to set myself a challenge of a social media detox but not just yet #withdrawlsymptoms 🙂
As always continue to be mindful,