Wednesday, September 18, 2013

She's Come Unplugged

   I have a confession to make.  In this day and age of social media connection I decided to disconnect my Facebook account.  Why you may ask?  I was becoming overly distracted.  I tried only checking it once a week, once a day, once an hour.  I felt like a dog answering Pavlov's bell, constantly checking my phone for each little ping.
    I started on Facebook innocently enough.  I actually made my account at the suggestion of updates from Cardio Coach.  Friends found me and it was fun to re-connect.  Soon I was enjoying quizzes, but only after I put the kids to bed.  Then I would check during their naptime.  It's just like taking a little coffee break. Now I am sneaking off to look for just ten minutes (in the bathroom)!

     I think I am only on it 10 minutes a day, but the multiple checks on my phone really add up.    It is great to catch up with everyone, but constantly being plugged in has left me feeling like a spiritually deflated balloon.  I am always wanting more.  I see others vacation pictures and I want to go away again.  I have to remind myself that I did travel with my family this year.

     This year I would like to take that 10 minutes back to really connect with a real person in my life, to call and catch up with my best friend, take a walk or play with my kids.  What can I accomplish or enjoy with my time offline? 


  1. Amen sister! I'm doing the same exact thing, and it feels great! A little strange, a little disconnected, but great all the same.

    Good luck on your journey!

    1. Thanks Michele, it is different. I'm really enjoying my face time with actual people and I've been pursuing other relaxing pastimes like reading a good book.

  2. I applaud your decision to make the choice that makes you feel more fulfilled and less distracted! I don't want to leave Facebook completely, but I probably need to make a conscious decision to scale back. Go you!

  3. Thanks I've been meaning to talk to you. With my time off Facebook we can have a face-to-face connection. E-mail me at to arrange a lunch meeting.

  4. Love this post.I used to think that if I put something on Facebook, my world should see it. Then I thought that if I blogged something my world would see it. I long to chat on the front porch with dear ones--not twitter, texting, etc. Then you have to remember who does what contact.

    It's almost by generations. Under 25 will text and do YouTube. So much misunderstanding can come from social media.

  5. I hope you have a big porch swing to sip our tea on. Technology does bring us together, but there is nothing like human connection.