Does the title strike fear into your social media addicted heart? :)
I know this concept sounds odd for someone who talks about social media but I also think that it is a necessity. I think sometimes people, myself included, have come to rely on social media so much that we cannot or will not take a step back from it and 1) appreciate why and how we use it and 2) actually talk to people in person and/or face to face.
I just read this article on how tourists can put down their iPhones or Blackberries - I can completely see that happening. I know for me that for me to fully be able to disconnect from my email, social media, etc. is to literally leave the country and not be able to access my phone or internet on a regular basis. I actually have found that I am able to relax more and take a deep breath when I am not worried about missing an email, a Facebook post, or a Twitter mention.
However, I will say, that when I come back to social media I feel like a year has passed since I was on it instead of a few weeks. Social media changes so rapidly and so much information is published every day it can be overwhelming to step by into the fray.
Have you ever completely stepped away from social media and allowed yourself to detox from the need to constantly check your Facebook status or Twitter feeds? If you have how long have you been able to hold out? A day? A week? A month? What did you feel when you did that? How did you feel when you stepped back into the social media realm?
It can be an intimidating concept to step away from all your connections and your instant access but I challenge you (or as one of my friends says "I dare you") to step away from social media from at least one week and then report back on what that experience was like and what you realized about social media when you came back to it.
I think you may surprise yourself! The challenge has been laid will you take it up?
P.S. Here is another group that has laid down a similar challenge.
This blog is all about social media. I hope to offer tips, tricks, advice and more on using social media within international education and international travel.