Life before Facebook 

I am a part of a dying breed of people who remember what life was like before Facebook. I use the term remember loosely, because in all sincerity it feels like trying to peer back at life through a foggy lens.

What in the world did we do back then? What occupied us? How did we get news and most of all if I had funny comments to make who did I say it to? I know that life didn’t feel as if it were lacking something at the time, yet now I can’t even remember the answers to these questions. Like what fun was it to go on a trip without video cataloging the whole thing and waiting to see how many people “like” it. Why do we go to concerts and record on our phones when we are physically present?

I recently read a study that showed some young children are exhibiting the behaviors of kids who are neglected or behavior consistent with children of depressed mothers. What they cited as the cause was the over use of social media. Parents including myself, are choosing to stay glued to their phones instead of taking a walk with the kids, blowing bubbles or just simply looking at them.

As you may have read in my last post I breastfeed my 6 month old and I love it! But I have a constant battle with Instagram. I know I should stop and cherish every chubby checked and tiny finger moment of breastfeeding my love bug, but I end up scrolling, scrolling, scrolling on my phone. When I look past my phone, I see my daughter looking up at me, turns out her eyes have never left my own.

So I have said it before but I will say it again enough is enough. There are wonderful things about social media, including my availability to share my thoughts with all you lovely people.  But until you can detox you have to put some distance between you and the addiction. So here we go. It starts today! A 21 day fast from social media. (I will blog about my experience but not check my typical media outlets.)

I want to remember what it is like to just live. To see an awesome butterfly and appreciate its beauty rather than rushing to upload a pic of it. To eat a beautiful meal without bragging about it. To enjoy an event with my family for what it is. To maybe even pick up the phone and tell my friends funny things I think of instead of tweeting them.

I just want to be

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3 thoughts on “Life before Facebook 

    • thanks so much atkokosplace I so agree. Do you have kids? Any tips about balancing social media especially as a blogger?

      • I have two. Mine are in their twenties. I have a full household still. As well as rescue animals. 13 furry ones at the moment. Keeping a spotless home takes organization and tenacity. I blog in between life. My iPhone is invaluable! I answer back followers and write in the car (while someone else is driving!) waiting in line, waiting for the onions on the stove to brown(hahaha); in between life. I’ve always had a full load as well as homeschooled my kids. I would work when they were napping or at night when they were in bed. Even now with them working, I managed to have lunch with them a few days a week. Family comes first! Always has. Social stuff/ blogging gets in when house/ family are taken care of. It really is about balancing and I can’t stress how important it is to be organized. Sounds strange but if your home and even the car is organized, it frees you to blog. As of this writing I already fed and cared for all 13 animals. Watered my garden which is enormous. Vacuumed and mopped the house and cleaned two bathrooms. Started a load of laundry and loaded the dishwasher. It is 11 am. Now I tell you this because it’s not about bragging. What I am trying to say is I do this daily. So the mess is hardly a mess. I vacuum twice a day to keep the hair down. Bathrooms get cleaned daily so I actually only spend about ten minutes instead of waiting until they are out of hand and then it takes me 45 minutes. So by doing things this way I can get my “chores” done faster to have more time for blogging. I’ve done this when my kids were tiny. We’d play games while I did chores. They’d help too. All in all organizing life helps with giving you the time you need to blog without sacrificing kid time too. I hope I haven’t over loaded you! Hahaha. And btw my kiddos tell me all the time I’m their favorite person. So I guess i didn’t do too bad! Check out my Instagram they got me a laptop for blogging! They are the ones that got me to do it in the first place. Make the time for them. Social media will always be there. Kids might not be. 🙂 Best wishes to you! Koko

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