Well, it’s happening. I am seeing more and more people getting off of Facebook. Peace out, jumping ship, C U Latath! Looking closer I see this not only on Facebook, but also in other forms of social media as well. This has prompted me to ponder. When we look at holistic living, what do we think of? Well naturally, nutrition and movement. There are other elements included in holistic living as well such as mental health, spiritual health, vocational health, relational health, familial health; the list goes on and on. I think what’s missing here is technological health. Technology is a massive part of our lives (like it or not), and especially a part of the lives of people close to and around us.
So, it seems obvious to look at this as a part of our overall health and wellness. Now, I am sure we have all seen articles, postings, on “limit your online time” or “turn off the noise”, but be honest; do we ever really do it? Why not? What is it that prevents us from doing it? And for some of us, as I am seeing more and more, we become fed up and just end the relationships (in other words, the dreaded deactivation of your account). When you see someone who actually does it you think two things; wow, I am so doing that and then hmm, well maybe I will keep my account and here’s why. At any given point in the day I am sure we all get frustrated with social media formats. He/she posted WHAT?! Umm, I don’t want to see that. Oh come on, again with the complaints. And so forth. All the more reasons to suggest a technology detox. Here are some great tips to get you started.
- Tick tock: monitor your time on the various platforms. When my 8-year-old is telling me to “stop texting” I pay attention. Next;
- Value based social media: Put value in your posts and pages and things you want others to see. I use social media as part of my business and I love social media to stay in touch with people I love who I don’t get to see either because they are far away or life gets too busy (I have a sister in Singapore, a best friend in Florida, and other amazing friends who I wish I could see more but the dreaded “b” word (BUSY PEOPLE) gets in the way. I also get to “see” what’s going on in their worlds without being there and that’s valuable stuff!
- De-clutter: Do you remember when you first got on Facebook? Rapidly adding EVERYONE that you’ve had any association with. It is great to see what everyone is up to, but think about your feed for example. Facebook sets your feed so the people you “like” comment on or follow the most come up in your feed. This is a great starting point. Look at your friend list, consider who you follow and why. It’s no longer about that number it’s about the quality and the experience you want on social media. For example my high school has a page for our graduating class and this is a great way to stay in contact with people, without feeling like “is it weird that we haven’t seen or spoken to each other since 1990” (yup you do the math there). Honor your relationships. No hurt feelings allowed. Get your virtual Feng Shui on!!!
- Step away from the smartphone: I had a great conversation with my class the other day and these young men and women actually shocked me. Over half the class stated that they are annoyed when they get together with friends and everyone is on their phones! I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised! They all shared things they do either with friends or family for example; everyone puts their phone in a basket in another room, when sitting down for a meal, or game night. Or my favorite, whoever grabs their phone, first pays for dinner! I also asked them if they could give up social media for a week and most said “Kenna, I am offended by the question”, touché! Touché! Being present in the moment means actually being present and that’s the present! HA, get it, ok, moving on;
- Moderation: This term may be overused, however I think that using social media in moderation IS essential! Social media is an awesome thing and can also consume you; having awareness (like with any behavioral change) is the first step. You don’t have to give it up unless you want to, but like anything you take on in your life, ask yourself two things: How does it add value to my life and how does it take away value from my life. So simple! BOOM, CLAP!
At the end of the day you control your consumption of social media and you alone. Be cognizant of who you follow, what you post and why. I LOVE social media and for my work I need it! It helps me stay connected in many different ways as a health coach and it works for me! Remember everyone uses social media differently and that must be honored, returning the control over to you. Sometimes people just need to vent and that’s how they do it, or feel that once something is out there, they will get the answers they seek.
I love that I can connect with friends and family who may be far away or whom I don’t see as much; this is the beauty in it. After all there is beauty in all things! Go ahead, click the like button now!!!
PS: here is a GREAT article about parenting as a Gen-Xer and technology from the Washington Post, great read!!!
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