I, Ally, have an addiction to social media and websites..
I think I have mentioned this before, but I don’t know if I should be proud of that or not. I grew up without video games or a lot of TV. I was outdoors a lot and playing board games with family members. Hell, I didn’t get my first cellphone until I got out of high school and got my frist job (then again, they didn’t have all the apps as they do today). An even then I didn’t talk to much on it. Thinking back on it, I think it was when I got my first iPhone, which was the iPhone 3 the very first one Apple had out, was when it all went down hill for me. I now literally have that phone on me 24/7/365. Not the original first iPhone, but my iPhone 5. I have everything on that damn phone. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Twitter, News apps, Vine, e-mail, tons of games.. you name it, I got it.
I still don’t watch a whole lot of tv, but I sure as hell have my face glued to my phone. Drives my boyfriend nuts. He literally only has a work cellphone that his boss gave him and one house phone (which is not cordless by the way). He has no problem with unplugging from the world, to where I just stay plugged in without realizing it. I tell myself all the time, “You have all these apps and stuff to stay connected with friends and other things”. Do I really need all those things? I can’t stand seeing drama on any social media sites, yet, I keep reading them, watching and even at times post my own opinions on matters. Which at the end, makes me no better than the people or situations I am commenting on. I realize I had a serious problem when I find myself at 1 in the morning in bed, on my phone. I even tried to put my phone down, then within 5 minutes like a repetitive action and addiction, I pick up my phone and I am Facebook again. I seriously had to make myself put my phone down and go to sleep. Sadly, moment I wake up, without lifting my head, I am checking e-mail and my Facebook. God, that is so sad..
So, how am I going to fix this?
Well, the only way I can think of is, when I am my vacation give my boyfriend my phone and not bring my laptop. Only time I would check my phone is when I check to see if there are any important missed calls (like a family member calling, etc), then give my phone right back to my boyfriend. I already know I will have withdraws, which only means I have to keep extra busy on my trip. I am going to bring a book and here is a shocker, maybe actually get real sleep! The possibilities are endless! All I know is, if I can unplug myself (aka going off the grid), I can pull myself away from anything. It’s kind of going to be a challenge for me, but I am sure going to give it one hell of a try.
In closing, this means, I will not post anything on any social media sites until I get back from vacation, starting the moment I clock out on saturday from work to start my vacation. With that said, I will talk to you all in a little over a week. Wish me luck!! :)
Stay happy, positive and happy reading.