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Social media hinders our appreciation

By Janae Harris, assistant photo editor
On April 26, 2014

  • Sterling Albert Winery Sales Manager Richard Turner pours red wine during the Food and Wine Event in the Gymnasium on Sunday. Sam Attal / The Advocate

Recently, I have had friends and family checking up on me since I decided to take a bold step back from social media. Although I appreciate all of their concerns, I am doing just fine. In fact, the past couple of weeks have been the best.
I have decided to spend my time wisely by taking care of deadlines and not procrastinating. I have made the decision to turn my phone off to prevent distraction during these times. The need to constantly have my phone on hand is diminishing and my priorities have become easier to accomplish.
From there I began to have some extra time to spare. Instead of draining my life away through the Internet and social media, I decided to invite my friends to participate in fun activities.
In the past weeks, I have made time to bargain shop at thrift stores, sunbathe at the beaches and parks in San Francisco, indoor rock climb in Oakland and play golf and laser tag.
All of these moments became fun memories with friends instead of wasting my life away in front of a computer screen all day.
I felt more alive. Although my friends shared these moments with the world through social media, they were actually showing others that there are things in the Bay Area that can be more fun than the Internet.
It's crazy how much technology and social media consumes us. I caught myself waking up to my phone instead of waking up to thank God.
I caught myself going through my phone during work events and in school. Then I started to notice many people doing the same. I've seen people bump into each other due to texting and constantly having their eyes on their phone.
It started to look and feel like an addiction. And if you had one or more of these experiences, you may also be addicted.
I remember feeling that addiction with MySpace, AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) and BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) more than 10 years ago.
That addiction took over my social life because I was so consumed with the Internet. I found myself drifting off into the Internet world from evening until dawn.
I put on weight, I was fatigued and felt horrible about the whole situation.
I now realize that there is more to life. I go outside more often and participate in activities not involving the Internet or social media. I promised myself I'll never let the Internet world take over my life again.
I need a break. These days people would rather text than talk. I would rather hear the voices of my loved ones yet we have found ourselves in a position where it is harder to find topics of conversation.
Sometimes you are unsure of what to say because you are so used to checking news feeds and it feels almost as if you forgot how to communicate. 


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