How much time do you spend each day ‘online’ ? Reading emails, tweets, instagram etc ? Are you online obsessed ?
I’m guessing that most of us would probably say no, who would admit to being enslaved to the internet to such an extent, that it is titled an ‘obsession’! Well, apparently we are. I recently read an article about an app that monitors how often people use their phones, and for how long each day. It stated that the average person checks their phone 9 times per hour and over 100 times per day. We are obsessed!
Personally, I know I am guilty of scrolling through instagram at all hours of the day. In the car, in the bath and even though I know it’s terrible, in bed! I read blogs, I create Pinterest boards and I scroll idly through tweets.
Why are we so addicted to being online? Are we using social media for work, for self promotion or just to validate ourselves with a number of likes or retweets? Maybe we’re a bit nosey and just like to see what other people are getting up to. Of course, we often have to question how many peoples online accounts we follow are completely honest and accurately portraying their lives? I’m guessing not that many. Most of the images that we see are deliberately cropped and filtered, as a result, the final edit is completely contrived. It’s quite scary and sometimes amusing, to see what you can do to a photograph with a few iPhone apps. Let’ be honest, its pretty obvious too! Essentially, it’s just about trying to make everything look a little bit better than it really is. Come on guys, let’s keep it real!
Many of us follow celebrities online for a glimps of their ‘real’ lives. The internet has normalised our idols and now we can see their #nomakeup selfies and read their opinions on Twitter. Some people are willing to share everything with us online! What the wear, what they eat, who they’re with, what, why, when, how !! Information overload! How are we supposed to lecture the kids about the importance of online safety, when women like Kim Kardashian can dismantle our efforts with a single snapchat?
I’m not suggesting that I will ever forgo using social media, let’s face it I’m a blogger & I’m not ashamed to say that I love a good Instagram snap. Since starting this blog 10 months ago, I have had some amazing work opportunities and met so many inspiring people too. However, I do think it is important to find a balance between the online & the real world. Perhaps I’ll just unplug from the internet for a few days and test out this theory of ‘online addiction’. Maybe, in a few years time, we’ll all get bored of social media and look back at our Facebook pages nostalgically, hmmm I doubt it!
I definitely agree with you and I’ve taken several ‘breaks’ from the Internet. I get kind of nauseous after a day of being fixated on my iPhone and reading everything I can lay my eyes on. However, I too doubt that we’ll ever be nostalgic to Facebook. It’s ( social media ) kind of moving towards a more animate images and video direction. Like periscope or meerkat or boomerang ( by Instagram ) or like u mentioned snapchat. I think it comes down to controlling ourselves and balancing things out like u say. Great post ! X
Thank you. I can’t even keep up with all of the new social media! I think like most things in life it’s good in moderation but I’m definitely guilty of spending too much time online sometimes 😕 x
Adrienne, this article really hit close to home! After many months of scrolling, scrolling, SCROLLING through Pinterest, Tumblr, etc at bedtime, I eventually had to set “turn off your laptop!” alarms at 10pm to kick the habit. After all, I was wasting my commute distraction 😉 – S x
It’s so easy to lose an hour (or 2!) Last year we stayed in a holiday cottage in Suffolk with no wifi & rubbish signal, bloggers nightmare! It was actually great to be cut off for a few days.
The ‘switch off’ alarm sounds like a great idea. xx
This was such a great article and it hit close to home for me. I feel like my phone is crazy glued to my hands! I need to take a break. It’s so hard though lol