Social Media and the Streamlined Life

Social media and electronic devices have been around for a while now.  They allow us to stay in touch with dear ones who live far away and those we don’t see often enough.  I love that I can still text, “chat,” and share photos and life experiences easily with people who have meant so much to me throughout my life.

It’s All About Balance

So, what do electronic devices and social media have to do with living a streamlined life?  It’s all about balance. We can enjoy our dear ones on social media, but we shouldn’t allow social media to control us.

If we feel the need to pick up that smart phone every time we hear a text, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other notification sound, we might be fostering a growing compulsion. If we must look at Facebook every few minutes because we are afraid of missing a post or a photo, we may be giving too much of our precious time to this activity.

While social media and electronic devices can be a wonderful thing, we need to take a long hard look at how much time we spend on them to determine if we are using them as communication tools to enhance our lives or if we are compulsively going to them to satisfy something else in us.

When Is Enough Enough?

How much time is too much?  Are your family or friends complaining that you don’t have time for them?  Are you giving all your attention to social media while your spouse or children are trying to have conversations with you?  Do you answer any call that comes in while out on a date night with your spouse? Is the time you spend on social media keeping you from accomplishing tasks that you need to complete? Are you texting or sneaking peeks at your smart phone at work?

We should circumspectly consider how our preoccupation with these things affects us and the important people in our lives. There’s no need to go radical and get rid of your smart phone and abandon your Facebook account unless, of course, you’ve determined it’s something you want to do and it will enhance your life.

While we are streamlining other areas of our lives, maybe we should consider streamlining the time we spend on our electronic devices and social media. It might be liberating! Feel free to share your thoughts on this subject and share this post with your friends.

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  1. We use our computers to research various subjects such as recipes, news articles, compare prices for purchases and to locate particular items that we might be interested in…I do have a FB account…I have very mixed feelings about it, but for the most part I enjoy it…usually spend less than two hours a day(except when you place a new post on your blog!), but it is a great way to keep in contact with my loved ones…as is my cell phone…that being said, if we have guests in our home, if we are out for dinner or on some other outting with friends and the cell rings or a text comes thru, it is NOT answered unless it is a family member, then if it is NOT an emergency, I politely tell them that we have guests right now and I will call them back…if it is anybody besides family, they can and do leave a voicemail with full confidence that I will call them back.

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    1. I’m with you on that! Computers and cell phones can be wonderful tools, but they are just that. Just because it rings doesn’t mean we have to answer that moment. There was a time when we didn’t have any of it and we all survived.

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