Recently, I was asked why I am nowhere to be found in the social media world on the weekend. Awhile ago, I made a conscious decision that I would unplug on the weekend for the following reasons:
1) Family. My son spends Monday through Friday at daycare for approximately 9.5 hours a day. On a good week, I get about 15 hours total with him (and that is only if we keep him up a little later). On the weekend, he gets all of my attention. There are many weekend days that I don't get to my e-mail until he goes down for a nap around 1pm. It makes me a little sad sometimes that I get so little time with him; therefore, I don't need to be checking my Facebook and Twitter every second of the day- I should be spending that time with him.
2) Time. I don't have enough of it. When I'm not spending the majority of my time with Jack there is cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping. These days, I am preparing to be in and sing in a wedding (just 2 weeks away now). That means: music rehearsals, shopping, parties... I also have 2 weddings coming in 2011, both of which I will be involved in some capacity which means more shopping, parties, etc. I was the first to marry out of many of my friends and I knew my day would come that I would be doing the bridesmaid thing in spades. But I love my girls so I participate with great honor. You could see how that would leave little time for my Social Media world.
3) Mental Break. Unplugging for a couple days really helps me to clear the brain. There was a time when I was addicted to and borderline obsessed with Social Media. From silly Facebook games to just being glued to my Twitter feed- I was spending a great deal of time being totally mindless and unconnected to the rest of my life. Unplugging allows me to spend time working on other projects.
Don't get me wrong. If I get a few minutes of downtime or if I'm suddenly an insomniac, I'll check in and see what's going on. If I have a cute picture to share or something awesome is going on, I'll post it. I'm just refusing to let the computer (and iPhone for that matter) occupy my entire existence.
How much time do you spend on Social Media? Do you ever take time to unplug?