Written by Jasmine Echols
“One second while I check my Instagram…”
With the holidays coming up, how many of us disconnect from our phones and social media accounts in order to spend time with our loved ones? How many of us actually can disconnect? With jobs in social media and classes requiring us to be ‘in the know’ how does one disconnect? Many of us, myself included, are attached to our phones and with what’s happening on social media. But is social media really that important?
That seems to be the case today. Social media has consumed a lot of our lives and our time. Not only are young people affected by it but adults are, too. Has our society become so in touch with technology that we’ve forgotten how to do life without it? If we’re not watching TV at the dinner table, someone’s got his or her phone, tablet or computer out.
Aunt Nancy has found a new way to house the family’s embarrassing photos on her Facebook while Uncle Dave figured out how to play poker on his Facebook. Megan is obsessed with the new Instagram filters while mom and dad are too distracted with their own accounts to notice. Notice what, you may ask. To notice that while the family is there, no one is actually ‘present.’
Don’t get me wrong, there is no harm in families using social media, but the holidays should be a time spent together. Facebook photo albums can be fun, but there’s nothing like passing around the classic family photo album full of past memories. People thrive on togetherness and while social media can help us connect with others, we should never take for granted the time we have to connect with our families and loved ones—face-to-face.
The holidays are approaching and we can choose to make the best of our time by disconnecting from social media for a day. After all, everyone will pretty much be sharing the same things: food pictures, goofy photos and statuses about the funny things a family member’s saying. Why not engage in real time with out families and give social media a break for a day, or a few hours—whichever is easiest to commit to. 😉
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Borowski, Rachel. “How Social Media Has Changed the Way We Do Holidays.” How Social Media Has Changed the Way We Do Holidays.” Word Write Communications, 6 Jan. 2015. Web. 13 Nov. 2016.