2.22.2013

Addicted.

So after Christmas my mom started getting on me about the amount of time I spend on my phone. I kind of shrugged it off, like, whatever (teenager moment). But then I started to pay attention. 

Was I still interacting with Jack? Making sure he was hitting all of his brilliant baby milestones? Yes and yes. But was I doing it all with my hand attached to my phone like it was a part of my body? Always. 

So then Ash Wednesday sort of just snuck up on me. The whole, "what are you giving up for Lent this year?" question started popping up and in my mind I was all, "whoa, chill, we still have a while to think about it." When it reality I had 2 days to think about it. 

I am the first to admit I got a little judgy about the whole giving up sweets and whatnot b.s. because I felt like so often people give things up for Lent that are really just ways for them to further their weight loss goals by slapping some "Jesus guilt" onto it. So I always have tried to think of something that isn't like that... this year, giving up social media was what was on my heart. I got scared. I tried to think of something else. But I couldn't, because I knew my fear of giving it up was just my addiction talking. 

So I thought about it more, got my sister on board, and made it final. Goodbye Instagram and Twitter for 40 days (minus Sundays). 

And it's real life. I have found myself using Facebook more than I have in 2 years. And honestly, I think it's because I am addicted to just CHECKING my phone. 
I miss the connection. I feel like I am missing out on things. Especially in terms of "blog world". Someone could announce a pregnancy, a birth, or an engagement and I AM MISSING IT! 

And then I have to think... how ridiculous. Yes, Instagram and Twitter are fun, they help you feel connected to people and are great for that! But to be addicted? I am annoyed with myself about this. 

So I got judgy, but then I had to realize that my giving up of social media is no more noble than giving up ice cream. I am still trying to make myself better with God in mind. It was just another reminder to leave the judging to the big guy... 

SO one week down... how I will survive - it is still unknown! 

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7 comments:

Samantha said...

Last year I gave up Facebook... It was an awesome detox, I don't need it near as much! Seriously... I took it off my phone so I don't check it as often. Also, my friends and I played no phone at the table game last week. All our phones were in the middle and the first one to touch theres had to buy shots! It forces you to be more connected ;)

Kenzie Smith said...

I really need to give up some of my social media too.. I am ALWAYS on it and it is a little ridiculous. Both my family and I could benefit from me not having my phone or laptop constantly attached to my hip.

Andie said...

I probably should have done the same! For some reason, when I'm not on facebook or instagram constantly, I actually feel better. It is an addiction, for real!

Megan B.B. said...

I'm just addicted to my phone, in general. Holding it, checking it. Reading random things. Gosh, that makes me sound like an addict.

Tara said...

BAHAHA The Woody pictures kill me!
You are doing good friend! :)

Shellsea said...

I have lots of friends who give up facebook for lent. For me, I don't really use it so it didn't seem a strong enough sacrifice. Kudos to you for giving that up with twitter!

Kristen {a little ditty} said...

Wow, so impressed! Sadly, I don't think I would make it 40 days without social media!!