Are we really living?

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Recently I decided to take a step back from social media because I realized that I was entirely way too focused on other people's lives. This wasn't the first time that I had done this but this was the first time I actually analyzed why. I noticed that I was spending hours a day scrolling on my IG feed, Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat and back again looking at my "friends" live their lives. I've had conversations with my friends who are parents about their kids watching other kids play

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with the same toys that they have at home on Youtube meanwhile their toys are either left untouched or played with exactly how someone else played with them. To me this is no different than adults and social media. We're sitting there watching our peers play with our toys all while we either neglect our toys (gifts, talents, resources etc.) while ours go untouched or we try to emulate what someone else is doing to gain success.

We all know that if we didn't get a ticket to a concert, it's ok. We'll probably see every leg of the tour through Facebook Live, Instagram Live or SnapChat. (I've definitely been guilty of this.) You missed your friends birthday, no worries you can attend the same way. Weddings and Funerals aren't even safe which leads me to ask the question "Are you even paying attention and enjoying where you are?" Seriously, I've seen your kids off to school, went on your anniversary with you, I've even seen some of y'alls legs in the tub for bath time. (Don't act like you don't know the famous "me time" snap).Concert

Social media is great for entertainment, networking, keeping up with family and friends in such a mobile time but don't miss the beautiful things happening right in front of you while you're so focused on someone else's beautiful thing.

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  1. I super agree with this, I literally just did an article on this, just taking it even further… I’m a photographer and recently did an event, While looking through the lens ALL I could see was everyone taking, selfies, holding phones, looking at phones or looking at the event through the lens of their phone. It was so hard to take a single candid shot without having 5 or 6 people in the foreground or background using their phone. I had to take a step back and really analyze what I was looking at. Most of the people weren’t really enjoying the event, we as Millennials have become wayyy to dependent on our phones, so much so to the point that we even use our phones to save the memories, we should be mentally storing. I imagine that this way of life will have some sort of negative affect on us as we age. That day has made me make a personal goal to not broadcast every event I was at.

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    1. I’ve also thought about how this will affect us later. We won’t really be able to flip through tangible photos and reminisce on things or watch tapes of events because everything is so digital. I’m also afraid that those memories get lost as we change phones and switch social media accounts.

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  2. I find myself even having to unplug while I’m spending time with my daughter…Often times I’ll be sitting watching her play and figure that’s the perfect time for me to check my emails and social media, etc. Usually about five minutes in she’s bumping and nudging me for my attention and THEN it hits me…it’s totally subconscious but the next time I complain I don’t get to spend enough time with her it really puts things into perspective. I’m doing better though!!! The first step is recognizing it ☺️

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    1. It’s crazy how it takes small things to make us realize we’re not fully invested in the time we’re spending with our families. You have the first two steps down which are the hardest. Kids will definitely let you know when they need your attention!

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  3. If this ain’t the truth! Especially now that my kids are more sellf-sufficient. It’s so easy to get sucked into the phone. I also neglect my gifts, scrolling when i should be sewing. I will finish the year with more self restraint!

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