I’ve been away for a while. Away from Toronto, away from blogging and away from SOCIAL MEDIA. What a relief! But don’t get me wrong, I love social media, heck I work in it, but it can consume your life and that’s when it gets bad. You sometimes get so caught up in sharing every aspect of your life that you forget to actually enjoy it. My recent travels reminded me of how nice it is to unplug.
On the first day of 2014 I sat on the roof of my apartment in Havana reflecting on how much more nourishing and relaxing life is without the pressures of social media. I had been there for a week and I didn’t have any internet access… eek. The first couple of days were hard since I couldn’t do anything with my smartphone and that made me anxious. Then one day during dinner, as I exchanged stories with friends I noticed my phone was on the table. A little embarrassed, I slowly reached for it and put it away.
Yesterday, as I was commuting home I saw two musicians playing beautiful music in the subway. When I looked around, everyone had their phones out recording video and taking photos. They were too busy documenting what was happening to actually enjoy the performance. I thought to myself, “what is this obsession?” Is it better to watch it online later? Are likes and comments more valuable? I don’t want to be like that.
Now I realize why that day when I was having dinner with friends it felt good to get rid of my phone. I was a hundred percent present, enjoying the experience and my smartphone was a distraction. We all need to learn to disconnect more often.