A topic that has been flogged to death, yes, totally.
Something I have touched on? Nope, so here goes.
In the past few weeks I have really been conscious of my consumption of social media, and truth be told, it is getting a little out of control. My anxiety has peaked, I am tired, I find it hard to create and quite frankly, I think it that the little device that fits so beautifully in my hand, has a lot to do with it.
Being plugged in, all the time is exhausting.
At no other time in history have we been so bloody contactable, and instead of putting our minds at ease, it is driving us to distraction. It is giving us the ability to connect always and in the process is actually stunting our ability to connect.
I don’t know about you but I have always been a phone talker. I mean, long, long conversations on the phone. As a teenager I remember curling up on the kitchen floor (before the cordless phone, now I am showing my age) with my doona, a pillow and often having 5 hour phone conversations. Now, sometimes the thought of actually having to have a conversation on the phone makes me want to text all the things. I don’t even want to have to call to order pizza, for god sakes give me an app for that! (Thanks Uber Eats, you’re a star.) I can only put it down to the fact that 90% of my day is based around being attached to technology (or maybe I am just lazy…)
I guess the question we need to ask ourselves is, does it light me up?
My answer, yeah, sometimes it does. Others not so much. Other times as I have mentioned above, it makes me anxious and jumpy and creatively stifled and ain’t nobody got time for that. So what am I doing about it? Well, nothing at the moment, in typical procrastinator mode I am just thinking… stalling…examining, not wanting to put something into action. Because it might be a little uncomfortable and as humans we are programmed to avoid discomfort. The issue being is that we are actually in a state of that already (well I am anyway).
I have come to realise that I don’t do quick fixes, I fall off the wagon when I convince myself to go big or go home (yeah, I generally just end up going home) so it’s time for, as Sarah Wilson would call it, a gentle experiment (you are going to be hearing so much more on this from me, soon. Promise.) So over the next few weeks I am going to try a few things, listen to my body and my mind and see how it all feels. I will definitely report back.
I am going to start by setting a reasonable curfew, disconnecting a little from Facebook as for me it is generally a black hole I disappear into and get no real joy from and engaging more with Instagram, just to see how I feel, will the anxiety levels start to drop? I expect so.
If you want to dive in with me, you are totally welcome, just remember, go easy on yourself if you falter, because falling off the wagon isn’t the issue, it is the staying on the ground that will get you run over. Reach out, let me know how you feel about Social Media, I would love to hear from you.