I recall watching a news feature in 2007 highlighting a couple who were addicted to technology. Their phones were always with them. I laughed when it was mentioned they even took phones to bed. They had 'crack berry' syndrome. Fast forward seven years and I was at a local restaurant when I looked over at a family of four, heads down and hands folded. My initial reaction was, 'oh, they're praying as a family before their meal'. After further review, each of them had a device and they were buried in their 'social' lives.
I used these two examples not to chastise, but to fall on the sword. Yes, I've done the same thing. I've caught myself grabbing for my phone the first thing in the morning to catch up on my FB newsfeed. I've disengaged dinner conversations to post some random thought. I've become an unsocial—social.
I don't blame Facebook. I have the ability to turn it off. In fact, I've deactivated my account a few times this year. The break was refreshing, but my contact list from Messenger was needed. I'm going to try something different this time. I'm keeping my account active but I have removed every easy opportunity to login. I'm keeping Messenger to stay in contact with my friends if I'm unable to speak with them. If my nose is buried in a device it will be in the Gazette or local TV station. It won't be on Buzzfeed. It won't be at the dinner table or in bed.
I'm putting a self imposed 30 day ban on Facebook. Maybe that will lead to a longer, healthier hiatus. My goal is more social—less media. If you're a friend of mine (real or FB) and you see me post go ahead and call me out.
Want to join me?