Hi. My name's Jackie and I'm addicted to social networking.
Yes hello, and welcome to your very own SNA (Social Networking Anonymous) Meeting. I've been reflecting lately on my usage of the internet and specifically, social networking sites. At a current tally, I have an account on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine, and of course, Blogger. Of all these, I would say I'm a prolific Facebook and Instagram user, updating daily with random statuses and photos of my cat or other such things that are keeping my attention at any time.
As I write this, the thought is running in the back of my mind: why? In a positive context, social networking can be used for the greater good; to spread messages of happiness and health, to promote businesses, to communicate with friends and family while away from home and more. But lately, I've realised that these sites, and to an extent, the technology I use to access them, have become part of my psyche... and not in a good way. I noted to my cousin recently that my mobile has almost become a replacement for my hand for it is permanently glued to my palm in case I should need access it immediately (for what I ask you?) Upon waking in the morning, and after feeding my new cat, the first thing I do is check emails, Facebook and Instagram before going about my daily business. It's become an unhealthy obsession rather than a thing to use occasionally to keep up to date with what's going on elsewhere. These websites can be misconstrued as a genuine way of connecting to the outside world and can create a false sense of bonding and affection with others.
I'm not purposefully trying to focus on the negatives but merely to point them out, as I've become increasingly aware of my desire to use these sites and the effect they're having on me... In the spirit of personal growth and awareness, it's time for an internet detox! It's a good goal for anyone to undertake - to get off the internet and get back into the world!
So, it's goodbye for the next seven days as I try to cleanse my mind of my addiction to these things (for that's all they are) and focus on the more positive and enhancing activities that bring me pure joy. More yoga and dancing please!
See you in a week folks!