Why do we pay so much attention to social media. I saw a video earlier today on my Facebook newsfeed talking about how we have just been sucked in and lost connection not only to the people in our own lives, but to ourselves as well. It stated that "The Average Person Spends 4 Years Looking Down At His Cell Phone" FOUR YEARS!!!! I don't know about you, but I can think of a lot better things than to be tuned in, tapped in, and turned on by what's going on with everyone else.....No wonder we have so many health issues. We've all become wired in to a system that disconnects us from our own.
Here's the link to the video for you to get a better idea of what I'm talking about.
What if we all took some time, away from the computer, the phone, or the ipad and just got back out there into the world. What if instead of playing wired games, we got out there and got dirty at the park. Or if instead of sending an instant message, text message, or an email, we either called the old fashioned way, or better yet, went to go and visit the person we are trying to reach out to. Scheduled Facetime is so much more valuable than mindless Facebook. And I mean this with the utmost respect because I personally know, as a business owner, the value that social media can bring to your business. But I'm talking strictly on a personal level. This isn't only about social media.
The internet itself has supplied us with immediate access to information vs going to the encyclopedia or dictionary and actually looking things up. I remember us having shelves full of Britannica in our house. My father's standard answer to a question we had was..."look it up." We did....and then we had the information. Now we ask Siri to look it up for us. Have we gotten lazy or has SM simply taken us over and this is how it is?
I'm part of this as well. I recently took the FB & Messenger Apps off my phone and iPad as a test to see if I could zero in and focus on my work and my true personal business. Then this weekend, for a birthday party I went to I put them back on so I could load pics on my Instagram and Facebook pages immediately. I left the apps on for a couple days and realized how much of a couch potato I am when I have instant access to instant media. And I didn't like how it made me feel. Less productive. Less motivated. And slightly down on myself.
When it comes to health, our bodies go where the mind takes it. If we are so tapped in to the media and what our social networking "friends" are doing, how are we expected to manage our own selves. I challenge you to see how much more focused you are in your personal world vs everybody else's by taking a break or at a minimum, designating specific times of the day for social media. If you have to use it, check in with it at designated times throughout the day. Your true friends won't get mad at you if you don't immediately load an emoji or LIKE one of their lunches that they posted. Your business won't fail if you don't post 10 healthy tips every 15 minutes. And you won't miss out on the latest social events in your city if you are not scrolling through your newsfeed every 30 minutes. You may, however, get some work done. You may find some time to meditate. All of you who say you don't have time to prepare healthy foods for yourself for the week may find extra time to roast or grill something so you don't wind up at a fast food restaurant for lunch.
Four years is a long time to spend glued to your phone, iPad, computer, or any WiFi device. I can think of a million more things to do, places to be, meals to eat, and friends to spend time with in those 4 years that I know would bring me much more fulfillment and joy. So the apps come back off my phone, my browsers are shut down, and I am working on developing that single purpose focus that I had so keenly developed. Perhaps some of you will join in on this little experiment with me.
To Your Health!!