Social Media breaks, yep, we’ve all heard of them, some of us may have had them, some of us may be thinking of taking one and some of us may be thinking people are crazy for taking them.
Last week I had one. It was unintentional and I didn’t even realise I had done it until last Friday. Last Tuesday I went up to Edinburgh with my husband for a mini break for my birthday. On arrival, I got my phone out and did the obligatory check-in via Facebook. By the time we had unpacked, had something to eat and chatted to relatives to let them know we had arrived safely it was quite late, so I had a shower and went to bed. I think I slept for less than half-an-hour. An excruciating pain in my gum woke me up and I was awake until around 4 a.m.
It was my birthday and I felt awful. I had notifications on my phone – people messaging me to wish me a happy birthday, by text and on facebook, as well as family members ringing me. The plans I had for the day were shelved. We went to The Wyrd Shop and I bought a couple of items and then after wandering around the Royal Mile for a while we headed back to the hotel. I was in too much pain to do anything else. I dozed on and off for the rest of the day, thanks to pain meds, muscle relaxants, clove oil and bonjela. Sounds excessive? My toothache was very bad.
The next day we were due to see a show – the reason we had gone to Edinburgh – and I considered cancelling, once again I had been awake during the night in excruciating pain. I didn’t cancel and went to see the show – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – and had a really good time. But because I was dosed up to the hilt on pain meds and muscle relaxants I didn’t really want to do much else. I managed to sleep that night – probably all the medication – and woke up on the Friday morning feeling slightly better. I checked my phone and it dawned on me that I hadn’t taken a single picture of our time in Edinburgh. Normally I take snaps of days out and holidays and post them to social media, but I hadn’t done that this time.
As I drove the 100 miles home I pondered the social media break I had just had. It hadn’t been intentional; normally I spend a little time each day on social media and if I feel that my time is becoming overrun by Facebook I limit myself to first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I have recently started to use social media for my business, so it makes no sense to me to have a break from social media. That said, I am not having a pop at people who choose to do this – each to their own.
Having a break from social media seems to be en vogue, it seems every other person I know is taking a break. I’m not sure if I would take a planned break, I am a very nosy person at heart and I would be terrified I missed out on something (I am joking btw). Some of the reasons I have seen as to why someone is taking a break from social media show how we are now focused on sharing our entire lives with our “friends”. I am not overly fussed by people who share their every waking moment on social media, it’s their life, their social media platform, their choice. Neither am I that bothered by people who make a huge song and dance about going on a social media break, that’s their perogative.
Social media breaks seem to have become the norm now, just as joining up to the different platforms was a few years back. It almost feels like a rite of passage and I sometimes wonder if people feel obligated to take them because their friends and co-workers have. Social media breaks are touted as must-do things when you embark on soul-love and self-care journeys. I’m not sure I agree with this line of thinking, self-care is a very personal thing and you must do what is right for you; if spending all day at home catching up with your family and friends on Facebook relaxes you, then who am I to argue with you?
If you want to take a break from social media then go right ahead, but please don’t feel you have to because it’s a trendy thing to do. Make sure you’re doing it for you, not just because people expect it of you.