I’m addicted to social media. It’s easy for many of us to say, but not to accept. It’s something that’s been on my mind for a while now, and although I think there’s loads of pros and cons to the use of social media, from finding old friends and work colleges to sharing life moments with the world, sometimes it can have it’s downfalls. The endless hours wasted scrolling away on our phones or mobile devices looking at the same old Twitter and Facebook feeds, analysing the same Instagram photos, re-pinning the same bathroom marble interiors and copper taps for the millionth time at a different angle. It’s very easy to get caught up in a social media bubble, and let the rest of life pass you by.
I recently put a poll out over on my Twitter page, asking if people could, and would, go their entire holidays without the use of social media. Baring in mind that I’m due to fly on holiday myself tomorrow for two weeks to both Hong Kong and Tokyo, this was a topic weighing on my mind. I was surprised to find how many people said yes to the question, and it made me wonder – well if they could give it up, why couldn’t I?
With this in mind, I’m going to be deleting the apps from my iPad, I’m not even going to be taking my phone or my macbook on holiday with me, I’m purely taking my iPad for the ease of uploading photos onto there for safe keeping, being able to FaceTime home should anything happen, and generally having a point of emergency contact. Now, going cold turkey and just deleting everything might be the ideal scenario, but the fact is – I use social media to promote my blog. If you follow me over on Twitter you will see that I’ve got lots of scheduled tweets going live, to promote these very posts. Hey, that might be cheating but technically I won’t be live tweeting anything whilst I’m away for the two weeks. The only app I will be keeping is my Instagram, I’m really keen into my photography and can’t help but share a photograph when I snap one, so that’s my only excuse. I won’t be contactable, I won’t be spending my mornings scrolling through Facebook for another half an hour in bed, I’m going to be out living every single moment of my holiday and taking some much needed ‘me-time’. I’m signing off, see you in two weeks digital world.