The first lady celebrated her 50th birthday on Saturday with a secret, social media free, dance party at the White House complete with a Beyoncé serenade. While that sounds about right for Michelle Obama the part of that announcement that caught my eye was “social media free.”
I also just saw a tweet from a friend who said he purposefully left his smart phone at home when he went out last night. Happiness ensued:
I don’t know about you but the idea of leaving my phone at home on purpose or not documenting one of the most epic birthday parties of the year on Instagram gives me the shakes a little bit.
And that’s not a good thing.
At the beginning of the year I made some decisions and goals for the year. Among them: don’t look at my iPhone during church.
Like seriously--how sad is that?
In this world of smartphones being an acceptable accessory just about anywhere, it’s easy to think we always need to check our phones or at least have them within arm’s length.
But what if you leave it at home so you can have coffee with a friend without mentally being pulled into the office?
What if you can leave it in the car so you’re not distracted by notifications during the pastor’s sermon?
What if you can actually experience the feeling of being bored waiting in line at Walmart without giving yourself that mindless entertainment of scrolling through your Twitter feed?
While I’m obviously all for maximizing the potential of social media to improve lives, I readily recognize that boundaries need to be made and life is not meant to be experienced with our eyes constantly glued to screens.
I’m gonna try to be a little more mindful of that in 2014. I’m gonna let myself be a little more focused on the person in front of me. A little more bored in the grocery store line.
What will you do social media free in 2014?