A week ago I was home with my family when I decided I wanted to completely disconnect myself from social medias to spend quality time with them. Now, a lot of you will understand how challenging that actually was to do. I am someone that thrives off of social media. It allows me to be an extrovert in situations where I’m sitting at home alone. I’m someone that checks Facebook, Instagram and Twitter right before I fall asleep and right when I wake up. I just can’t control it. But over the weekend I knew it was something I needed to do.
So when I got home Thursday evening, I stopped checking my medias. I focused on my family, my dogs and whomever I saw that weekend. I found out quickly that I didn’t know how to entertain myself without checking media and I also realized that when I was standing alone somewhere or waiting for someone I would be in panic because I couldn’t make myself look busy on my smart phone. Needless to say, I am a completely dependent and pathetic person when it comes to my social medias.
So as the weekend went on, I could feel myself becoming more comfortable with not checking my phone whenever I was bored. I could also see myself pushing my parents to talk with me and spend time without the television on. We spent time outside with our neighbors and dogs. We cooked some great meals together. We actually spent time with one another without having the television or other social medias to entertain us while we sat together in a room.
I didn’t realize how important it is to set down the smart phone or turn off the TV to really connect with the people around you. At times, it’s second nature to just set my phone down to be with the person next to me; other times I am holding a conversation while also texting someone else.
I challenge myself now every time I’m with people to really put my phone or computer down or turn the television off. You can’t connect with someone if your mind is elsewhere and I’m finally realizing this.
I hope you all have realized this already, but if not, I challenge you to do the same as me. Focus on people instead of your phone/computer/TV. Those are the moments you’ll remember, not the text or tweet someone just put out there.
As always, thanks for reading.