I love social media. I love the way it instantly links me to what’s going on in the world as soon as it happens. Breaking news? It’s delivered to my phone in seconds. Whether I can be in front a television or not has no effect on my knowledge of current events. One simple check in on Foursquare gets me $10 off my meal at my favorite restaurant. If I need to know the move for the night, Twitter becomes my personalized directory. Facebook housed numerous of my graduate class discussions. I also have an iPhone, meaning anything of social media value is always at my fingertips.
I can go on and for days why I love social media. It fills my addiction to connect with the world around me, BUT it won’t connect me to everything. As much as I love it, I also know how important it is for me to UNPLUG.
Unplugging ourselves teaches us how to interact offline. It teaches us how to better interact with people face to face. I can’t even count the number of times I’m at an event or out with a group of people and individuals are so engulfed in their social media applications on their phone that I’m standing there thinking, “Umm… so why are you here?” or “Why did you want me hear if we’re not going to socialize with each other?” Then there are people who have become so comfortable with communicating online that it’s almost impossible for them to communicate face to face. NEWSFLASH! The world still functions face to face! You need that ability to succeed!
Unplug yourself! Become a part of the world. Pay attention to what’s going on around you. When you’re connected to social media 24/7, you’re unintentionally telling people not so great things about yourself. Things that can really hinder you from some pretty awesome opportunities. You don’t have to unplug all the time. Sometimes just take a break. Appreciate what’s offline.