My Social Media Vortex Robbed My Family

Social Media Stole Me From My Family

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I lost myself somewhere between Twitter and Facebook. I don’t know when it happened but I know that my family noticed it before I did. They gave me multiple passes and I had excuses until I realized that I would end up in full panic mode when I noticed my battery was almost dead on my smartphone.I remember a time when a dead battery on your phone was cause for concern because you might need it if there was an emergency. Now I was worried because I might miss a tweet,a contact’s email, or a new facebook post that needed to be addressed.

In all reality I realized I was ADDICTED to Social Media.

The thing that was supposed to make my life easier.

I am a list person and to me a full Email Box is like having a “To Do” list with nothing checked off. I feel compelled to empty it as quickly as possible. I worry that if I don’t reply to an email right away that people will think I don’t take them seriously or value their contact. Simply, I worry all day about how everyone else perceives me. The thing I am not worrying about is the things I am missing out on. Watching a Movie with my family and seeing the whole thing, enjoying a meal without electronics present, taking in the sights while out and only taking pictures with my phone or I could even see everything without looking thru the lens of a camera.

The important question becomes, Why do I feel the need to be so connected?

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It goes back to worry. I worry that my team won’t think I am pulling my weight. I worry that my friends will be mad that I didn’t like their status. I worry that I will out on an opportunity to network.

It is certainly clear I worry too much but I have never been unable to control it. For some not worrying is simply taking a step back but that brings me more worry. Honestly it leads to anxiety so bad that I end up spinning out of control. My anxiety is what has changed the course of my life back in 2009.

I suffered a break down and it took a long to get where I am today. I don’t think I will ever be where I was before the breakdown but I know that I need to stay stable for me, for my family, and for those that depend on me.

So I made a promise to myself and my family that I will be present and enjoy our moments together.

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 It won’t be an easy step and it may mean I leave my phone at home or in the car when out but I will slowly find myself again and break free from the Worry and Fear that Social Media has over me. I even got a chance to take my new found freedom to the test when we went to an Art Fair this weekend. I used my phone for pictures instead of Social Media and enjoyed every minute of our time together.

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Comments

  1. says

    It’s nice to see the recognition that the dependency for both control and social media, have been made. KUDOS for acknowledging, publicly admitting and working to fix it :) Enjoy your unplugged time, it’s certain worth a missed tweet or status that lacks a like (they’re not ALL worth liking anyhow ;) )

    hugs
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