Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Social Media Free Sunday

Hi, my name is Christine and I am addicted to my iPhone. "Hi, Christine".

Yep, it's true, I have a love hate relationship with my phone. Social media (particularly instagram) has been such an amazing way to document day to day life and to keep in touch with some really great people. I really love it and while having that information and connection at your fingertips is great, it's also really distracting.

I have my phone nearby pretty much all the time and sometimes it becomes oh too easy to just pick it up and check things out. In the car, on the couch, making dinner, going to bed.... yikes. It's a bit ridiculous. I hate how sometimes I feel this need to see what's going on, this fear of missing out. I have no intentions of up and cancelling all my accounts but every now and then you need a break—a reminder to live life in the moment.

I was inspired by my sweet bloggy friend, Rhi (Hey Gorgeous) who has been practicing 'social media free weekends' herself, only I decided to make it 'social media free Sunday' (baby steps, people, baby steps). I challenged myself this past Sunday and, you know what, I did it! I didn't even pick up my phone as a passenger in the car! That was a big one for me. I could chat with Mike or just stare out the window and let my mind wander. Luxury, I tell ya! I was engaged, I was focused, I was present.

Now, this is not going to change how much I love instagram or keeping in touch with family via facebook, but it did remind me there is a time and a place. Sometimes you just need to step back and be present, social media will still be there when you get back.

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So, spill. Am I the only one so attached? Have you considered taking a break from your phone?

Christine

32 comments:

  1. You're not alone!
    Hi, my name is Amy and I too am addicted to my iPhone.
    Love this concept of choosing a day to be a little less into social media and a little more into your personal surroundings.
    Good luck, dear ;)

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    1. Thanks, Amy! Glad I'm not alone :) It helps just even being aware of it I find!

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  2. Well said Christine and yes you aren't alone. (main reason why I DON'T have an iphone) I know to I would be addicted. I love the idea of social media free weekends or even just on Sundays. Sunday is a huge family day for us and It would be nice to not always be "checking in" xo

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    1. Sunday is a huge family day for us too, it made it a lot easier (and important) to stay away. And you're right once you get an iPhone there is no turning back! But I still totally want you to get on instagram ;)

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  3. Ahhh, I am afraid to admit it but you are not alone. I feel like my phone and I are attached at the hip, (funny thing is I rarely use it to talk) I love Instagram and what you can capture with it. That said, a lot of moments can get lost when you are capturing that "one" moment. You may be onto something Christine, Yikes I am not sure I am ready :) - Heather

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    1. haha, baby steps, Heather - a little here and a little there! Funny, I hardly ever us my phone to talk either!

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  4. I am with you!!!
    You've inspired me....
    Coming soon... unplugged Sunday!
    Thanks for the push!
    PS... LOVE your IG pics.

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  5. you are definitely not alone. I was supposed to try this last weekend and didn't even attempt it! ha! so bad. maybe this weekend coming. good for you missy!

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    1. Good luck, Julie! I think even being aware helps!

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  6. Good for you!... Let us know how it works out.

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  7. I hear ya! You know it's bad when you have a slight panic attack having left your phone at home, and then when you discover it's in your pocket a wave of relief washes over you. Maybe I need an intervention! ;)

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    1. ohmygosh, I have totally had those panic attacks too! I tell myself it's because "what if something happens and I need to get a hold of someone" but I'm not sure it's just that ;)

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  8. i don't have a cell phone for that very reason. it seems we have somehow convinced ourselves we need phones in case of an emergency, except *knock on wood* there never really is an emergency and we're now on our phone's all the time. being present beats the hell out phones ;) so glad you're taking a first step and sharing your journey!
    p.s. my hubby have a phone with work and I use it on weekends when I'm shooting.

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    1. oh wow, I am so impressed at your restraint, Shabana - good for you!! :)

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  9. I'm attached too, but I find myself 'forgetting' my phone in certain places and then I end up missing texts and emails! I don't mind though really. It is nice to just leave it somewhere and forget about it because it does tend to get out of control. I'm trying also not to have it around my son too often. I just want to 'be' with him instead of constantly checking my phone and the computer. Easier said than done!

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    1. It totally feels good to just "forget" sometimes. That was one of the biggest things for me too, being present while I'm with my daughter.

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  10. Good for you! i can totally tell when I (or someone I am with) is uber distracted. Sometimes after a long day I just dont' care to check it, and other days it's great because I don't have to open my full computer to check. It's convenient when commuting, waiting in line, etc...but I totally agree that it removes you from a lot of other positive (read: people to people) situations. Love your idea and I am totally up for trying it :)

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    1. It definitely has a time and a place, let me know how it goes if you try it, Heather!

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  11. i really need to do this!! you are not alone in being way too attached :) i agree with the baby steps.... withdrawal can be tough!
    http://itsthelittlethingsblog.blogspot.com

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    1. you betcha, good thing I'm not planning on giving it up all together - that would be impossible! :)

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  12. I think I could do that...maybe! I'll definitely give it a try and see how it goes. I do find there are plenty of times when a "real" person in the room is talking to me and I'm engaged with something online.

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    1. I've done that too Carol! Good luck with it!!

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  13. So good! I am WAAAAY too attached and would benefit from making some boundaries STAT.

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    1. I'm waaaaay attached too, Danielle. It's nice to know I'm not alone ;)

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  15. We unplugged our tv and facebook accounts for entire month of December and it was the BEST MONTH of our marriage and life as a family. We've continued to be less connected to social media and more to eachother. What you realize is that life goes on without all this crap on the internet. (sorry to be blunt...) And that happiness TRULY comes from REAL LIFE INTERACTIONS AND CONNECTIONS! Oh I'm soooo passionate about this subject, it turns my stomach into knots. I feeel this addiction too, but I refuse to succumb to it... So I've really had to let go of the worry that the world is going to crap in a handbag because we are ALL distracted and just focus on me and our family and consciously make decisions every day to be engaged and present without the phone nearby etc....Especially with my daughter... I want her to enjoy a childhood filled with adventure and connectednessssss.... ahhhh!!! It's made a heap of difference in our livesssss.... !!! ahhh I preach. But trust me... i don't think I have it figured out... I struggle with the distractions of social media toooooo! Hence...how I got here... hahah..

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    1. That is so inspiring Lindsay! I am crazy impressed with your unplugged December, good for you guys!! It's so important to me too to be present more especially around my daughter, it's really helping me to just be more aware of the distraction. Moderation is what I'm aiming for :)

      Thank you so much for your comment, at least this internet thing is good for inspiring each other!

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  16. I am so with you on this. I'm pretty addicted too! Its not even that I'm posting stuff on Facebook or instagram all the time - its just that I like taking pictures with my phone or catching up on my fave blogs! I often look forward to flying or being abroad on holiday as that means I can really switch off! Social media free weekends are a great idea!! x

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    1. I hear ya, Rachie. I love being forced to unplug on vacations too!

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  17. Also a social media addict. I haven't put my iphone down since I got it a couple months ago! My husband and I keep meaning to have a 'technology free' evening/hour but so far neither of us has committed to it. This is a great idea and I will definitely be doing it when I go back to work since that time with my family will be even more precious.

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