Do you ever wonder what our mothers, grandmothers and everyone else before them did without the internet, or better yet social media?
Heck, even up until a few years ago, I’m trying to remember my life without feeling the constant need to check my Facebook timeline or read my blog feed or check what images I should re-pin on Pinterest.
It just seems like our present culture is being saturated in social media.
This is a relatively new phenomenon. I joined Facebook my last semester of college (which was 7 years ago), and Pinterest 2 years ago. I didn’t really start reading and following blogs until about 3 years ago. And I have only joined Twitter and Instagram just this spring. Yet I really can’t remember what is was like before I had access to these tools.
Social media definitely has it’s place, and I am incredibly grateful to be able to interact with friends and followers through social media. It helps me stay connected to close friends who live far away, and re-connect with old and new friends. Yet I’m wondering what life would be like if I didn’t have access to all the many distractions social media has to offer.
Would my life be simpler and more content if I didn’t have so many images of DIY projects, home decor, fashion inspiration, and holiday crafts pinned?
Would I be able to meal plan with confidence if I wasn’t able to peruse the internet for meal inspiration and new recipes to try?
Would I be more intentional with calling my friends if I wasn’t able to post a quick hello on their timeline?
Do I really need to have my phone by my side to check my email, and updates on Facebook and Twitter?
Our mothers, grandmothers, and many before them, didn’t have access to all of the information we do. And while it is really nice to be able to search Pinterest for party and gift ideas, I wonder if it is stifling my own creative spirit?
I have been reading The UnWired Mom by Sarah Mae and have joined in on her UnWired Challenge to really help think about the time I spend online, and to be more intentional about that time.
I am putting some boundaries in place to help me find a good balance of being connected, yet still fully engaged in my most important tasks of being a wife, mother, and home keeper. I don’t want my kids to look back on their childhood and say “Mom was fun… when she wasn’t on the computer” or something like that.
I want to be present here, and enjoying my life.
I want to live with contentment in the beauty of what my life has to offer, instead of being discontent by viewing what others are doing in their homes.
I want to be able to turn off the computer, and silence my phone for most of the day and be OK, not having that nagging feeling that I will just peak to see what I’m missing.
There is a time and a place for all the internet has to offer and I am so thankful to all the friendships and connections I have made online but I am fully aware of the time I tend to waste online.
So my question to you is, do you think social media is a blessing or curse for our generation?
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