do less. let’s try this again.
My name is Danielle, and I am addicted to social media. That may sound a little extreme, but it’s kind of true. Need proof? See the photo above. In my defense, I was instagramming something for The Everygirl while at a work event, so I get a pass on this one.
Being connected isn’t always a bad thing, but there are times that
it has made me far too disconnected from everything around me. Interesting, yes? I need to be able to tweet and instagram for The Everygirl and I love posting the occasional (understatement of the year) photo of Buddy because who doesn’t love that guy? But I
never log on to Facebook for work. That said, I am always checking in at CrossFit and updating my status on while I’m out. You know, out. Trying to enjoy my life, my friends, and new experiences.
I checked my friends and myself in to a restaurant like I normally would on Tuesday night. It only took a minute away from time with my friends, but one of them noticed I was on my phone and asked what I was doing. I quickly realized that I was not any less disconnected than I promised myself I’d be just over a month ago. I’m another year older, so I should be a little wiser.
This got me thinking. Why am I updating my status? If I’m at CrossFit or with friends, why not just live in the moment and if something really interesting happens, post about it later? And let’s face it–me checking in to CrossFit is like checking in to Chicago. Completely pointless and obvious. Yeah. I just said that.
So I checked us in to the restaurant and then I did it. I deleted Facebook off my cell phone. The fact that my friends seemed shocked and said it wouldn’t last made me realize how much I needed to do this. I can’t say I’ll keep it off of my phone forever, but I’m pretty committed to this for now, and if I do add it back things will be different. Very different. And it’s not like I closed my account–I will just now only log on from my computer. I’m fairly certain I can handle this.
So instead of posting that I front squatted with Danica Patrick while at CrossFit yesterday (we shared a bar and rack), I enjoyed walking and talking with my friend Jen, got home, and then didn’t even feel the need to share this information on Facebook. I did text my cf friends because I knew they’d appreciate it, but that was it. I also just shared this info here, but see how I can not post on Facebook and still keep people in the loop? So magical.
This may seem ridiculous to some of you, but almost everyone I know is pretty connected to social media. I’m going to set some goals to post to instagram a bit less, and am already thinking of other ways to scale back, because I am finally doing less. And I like it.
What can you do to do less? Do you have Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? If so, how often do you post? How can you disconnect from social media?
photo by jennifer kathryn photography for the everygirl