I didn’t consciously make any new year’s resolutions – the date was just a coincidence, but on December 31st I closed all of my social media accounts. As social media de-toxes are all the rage, it’s a pretty acceptable excuse. So when I failed to Insta-post my morning latte, artfully framed and carefully filtered (with “Rise”, of course), the flurry of text messages questioning my health were quickly placated with “de-toxing”!
Also, being a SAHM, social media was the easiest way to stay relatively up-to-date on current events via status updates, blogs, and links. And how I got to step out of the mommy-and-wife-world to keep in touch with my single and/or childless friends and talk about technology and poverty vs. puke and behavior issues.
But I have to come clean – some won’t understand why I made the jump, but those who share my addiction will get it. Why not just cut down? That doesn’t work for me; I need cold turkey totality without temptation to truly kick a habit.
The root of the issue is that while I was happily immersed in my social media world, the one thing it didn’t involve was my family. I would not be present because I’d be too busy reading something online. This had to end.
Oh, but what about my job! It requires some level of social media involvement! I couldn’t possibly stop! What about the information I had to gather! The contacts I had to keep up with! Honestly, I haven’t found a happy medium, but am working on it. All I know for certainty is that my family takes priority without room for compromise to our happiness