6 min readRemember when nobody was addicted technology and people didn’t have their phones out during dinner; when people would converse with one another about their day and use… wait for it… eye contact? Yeah, those days are over.
The faux social media detoxIf you are a Facebook fiend or a social media mogul (or just someone who browses social media all day long), you have probably seen a post like this:
Hey guys. I’m taking a hiatus from social media. Txt me if you need to get a hold of me. See you soon! <3Gag me with three spoons. And, if you’re an astute person–no, you are Sherlock manifest–you are counting the minutes until that person who pledged to surrender social media for him or her to break the pledge and post a status or picture.
Haha. You lasted 7 hours, dude. C’mon.But you must admit that it is a bit fatuous of us to declare to the social world we are taking a break from it. We do this, though, because we are in so much thralldom to the social web that traps us and feeds on us. This isn’t Charlotte’s Web anymore. What I’ve described above is what we’d call the formal announcement of a digital detox: a break of social media for the sake of prioritizing your own health, may it be physical, emotional, spiritual, et cetera. With phones at our sides and in our hands at all times, maybe it’s wise to consider one for ourselves?