Hi everyone! I recently heard about National Day of Unplugging and thought I’d give it a shot. The National “Holiday” takes place from sundown on March 9th to sundown on March 10th. The purpose of the event is to connect with ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities in real time.
Right after Bobby and I got engaged, I took a break from all social media. I spent about 9 months off of Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat (I don’t really use Twitter). It was such a great experience! It forced me to connect with friends the “old fashion” way via phone call or in-person. Everyone is so busy these days, but there’s something rewarding about hearing someone’s voice and seeing their body language.
I learned a few things during my 9-months of no social media:
- People don’t know how to have a conversation. With social media, everyone knows everything about everyone else. Like, “Sally is having a girl” or “John just got accepted to an MBA program”. We no longer need to ask what’s been going on in each other’s lives. During my social media hiatus, I had no idea what was going on in my friends’ lives so I had to ask. I’d usually get the response “I don’t know” or “same old same old”. It was like pulling teeth to get someone to tell me about their experience at the new pizza shop or their review of a new movie. I realized that social media is affecting our ability to have a “catch up” conversation with those we love.
- I missed out on a lot of events. If you’re not on Facebook, you’re not invited. Or at least that’s how I felt. I’d get a text message on Sunday saying “where were you last night?!” I had to remind them that I wasn’t on social media and had no idea they were having people over. On top of missing out, I felt like I was inconveniencing everyone by not being on social media. I’d hear “why aren’t you on Facebook…everyone’s on Facebook…it’s such a drag to remember to text you”. I remember thinking “It’s a drag to remember to text me? Am I even a friend if you can’t remember to text me?” This is when I started to realize who my closest friends were.
Overall, I realized how lazy we can be with social media. It really hinders our ability to truly communicate with our loved ones and community. From time to time, I’ll take a break from social media and connect with family and friends over the phone or in-person. It’s a great reminder that life is short, so build connections with those you love.
For National Day of Unplugging, I plan to do dinner and board games with some friends Friday night followed by some outdoor activities on Saturday. I’m really excited to unplug for a day! Maybe I’ll go all weekend!!!
Let me know if you’re planning to participate in National Day of Unplugging. What will you do for 24 hours without technology?