This summer I haven’t tried in the past seven years. I’ll be unplugged from social media for an entire month. That’s right, starting July 1st, no pinning, tweeting, face booking, instagramming or even blogging. The first step–deleting all the apps from my phone and iPad.
Even as I write this, I’m already thinking about all the news, funny memes, messages and everything else I might miss while I’m away. Or the people that might unfollow me or unfriend me because I’m not posting anything.
But you know what, I’m ok with all of this. In fact, I might sneak in some time to scrub through the people I’ve allowed into my online space. That’s not to be mean or anything, but the ease of following people on social media makes it so easy to consume a lot of digital noise. There’s also the psychological guilt we feel if we reject someone’s friends request, which means many of us allow people to peek into our lives that we probably wouldn’t if it wasn’t for social media. But, we’ll leave all that to unpack for another day, another time.
Here’s the deal, I don’t like the feeling of being addicted to anything–even sweets. However, social media is one of those things I feel like I’m doing all the time. And I know it’s not just me because I see a lot of updates from some of y’all too…ha-ha!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve hopped on Facebook to send someone a quick message and 30 minutes or an hour later, I’d completely forgotten why I was on there to begin with.
And let’s not even talk about Pinterest or Instagram, I start scrolling and scrolling and scrolling and before I know it, way too much unproductive time has passed.
Ever before the summer began, I knew I wanted to divert some of this time doing unimportant stuff on social media to doing memory-making stuff with my family. I was even more sure of this when I realized that as of this Friday, my son will have been out of school for six weeks and I have yet to put together that summer fun/learning plan for the kids that I’d thought about doing months ago.
I hope y’all will consider joining me in being unplugged for the summer. Feel free to even post our “Unplugged for the Summer” pic on your social media accounts. The more, the merrier.
If you’re at a lost for what to do with all of your new free time with the kids, here are a few ideas:
- 85+ Summer Activities for Kids, Next Level Mama
- 50 Ways to Entertain a Kid on an Airplane (or Anywhere Really), Parenting
- 200 Free Summer Activities, The Jenny Evolution
- Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt, The Taylor House
- I’m Bored Jar, Somewhat Simple
And while you’re going unplugged for the summer, don’t feel guilty about carving out time to do the things you like to do or have been meaning to do–whether it’s reading a book, decorating a room, organizing digital photos or vision planning for your next big goal. You deserve it!
See you back here on Friday, August 1st.
p.s. If you can’t bear the thought of life without social media and need a little boost to go unplugged, check out The UnWired Mom: Choosing to Live Free in an Internet Addicted World by Sarah Mae. It’s a really great read that’ll leave with many “things-that-make-you-go-hmmmm” moments.