Tuesday, March 7, 2017

πŸ“±Is social media....really that "social"πŸ‘₯???

We live in an age of technology....we have information readily available anytime, right at our fingertips. It's amazing....right?!?! I mean sometimes I use google when my children ask me a question and I have NO idea what the answer is. πŸ˜³πŸ“²πŸ’‘?!?!?!

Social media will even remind us of just about anything.....you don't even really need to remember someone's birthday anymore....Facebook tells you.

I love Facebook because it's like my own virtual scrapbook of my family year after year. I also love it because I get to stay close with coaches wives, college, and high school friends. It even helps me keep in touch with people I became close with through the many moves in football, but there is a possibility I may never get to see again.

I don't think, however,  it's should be a main source of communication between close friends or family. In modern times, instead of calling someone to see how they've been....it's easier to click on your mouse or tap your smartphone and see what's going on with them. Look around at a restaurant the next time your out and you'll see the majority of couples out on their phones.

Most people don't even send cards to their family anymore, they just write a post with the few hundred other people reading "happy birthdayπŸŽ‰πŸŽπŸŽˆπŸŽ‚." Although nice....it's very impersonal.

Last year I gave up social media during lent. At first it was really hard.....I mean reallllllly hard 😫. It's almost too easy to grab and scroll through your twitter timeline or the latest pics on instagram. Scrolling through quote after quote on Facebook, past thousands of those recipes you probably have never even tried.....or wanting to upload that cute pic of baby you just took and can't wait for all your friends to see.

When I gave up all social media....I actually learned a valuable lesson.....to live more in the moment. Not every picture has to uploaded that very second. I played with my sons more than I ever have because I wasn't distracted by my iPhone. Sure, when lent was over, I uploaded mannnnnny pictures into different albums on Facebook...what can I say that's me πŸ“·πŸ’»......I like pictures of my familyπŸ‘ΆπŸΌπŸ‘¦πŸΌπŸ‘¦πŸ»πŸ‘¦πŸΌ. I didn't do it, however, until later at night after we spent an amazing Easter togther and they were all tucked in their beds.

I don't hate technology, but I do think it's sad how we seem less social then ever before. I mean no need to call....just shoot a text. What message is that sending to our future generations.

So this year during lent I won't be giving up all social media like last year....I decided on sweets to support my husband. I will, however, work harder on living in the moment with my house full of boys. I'll always want to post that cute photo of baby or my many proud mama moments....I'll just have to remind myself it's okay to #latergram.

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