Friday, 26 December 2014

Switching Off From Social Media On Christmas Day

Christmas Day seems to be the one day a year when people are happy to turn off their laptops and put down their phones to entertain themselves in more traditional ways - by pulling out dusty board games, having a go at Charades or challenging each other with a round of Trivial Pursuit. I don't know about you but I find it quite refreshing to just switch off from my surroundings and properly relax - even if it only happens once a year. 
Admittedly, switching off from social media on Xmas day wasn't planned. I actually just forgot to take my iPhone charger to my parents house so from 1pm onwards my phone had died and I was forced to have actual conversations with people and was unable to post a pic of my turkey and pigs in blankets (the horror!)
Jokes aside, the point of this post really is just to say that it's very rare I go a few hours without checking social media on my phone - whether it's scrolling through my Twitter feed or checking out people's photos on Instagram - but yesterday I didn't really use it all day and it actually felt kind of 
great. 
Instead, my family and I entertained ourselves with some quizzes that my sister bought my Mum as a stocking filler. One was a general knowledge 'pub quiz' and the other centered around TV and Film. 
We split into teams of 2 and, aside from swearing at my boyfriend and vice versa when one of us got a question wrong, we had a ball! We didn't even realise that 2 and a half hours had passed as we were having so much fun (and getting a bit too competitive!) I know for a fact that if I had had my phone next to me, I would have become distracted flicking through Facebook or checking out Twitter and wouldn't have enjoyed myself half as much!
Obviously, as soon as I got home I charged my phone and had a quick scroll through social media to see what I'd missed out on - mainly countless photos of people's Christmas dinners and the odd Michael Kors watch here and there.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that sometimes it's nice to just switch off from social media - even if it's only for a couple of hours. I'm so guilty of sitting down to watch a film but then completely losing track of the plot line because I've become engrossed in a blog post or I'm aimlessly pinning photos on Pinterest. Sometimes my boyfriend even bans me from going on my phone because I'll end up asking an obvious question in the middle of the movie which I would know the answer to if I wasn't otherwise engaged online!
Social media has erupted over these past few years and as much as I love it I just think it's nice to just forget about it every now and again and have fun doing something a bit different. 
I definitely need to start doing this more often whether it's going for a walk or picking up an actual book or just having a face-to-face coffee and a catch up with someone (without feeling the need to take a photo of my toffee nut latte of course!)
What about you guys? How did you spend Christmas Day? Did you forget about social media for the 
day? Let me know! 
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  1. I haven't been online much through the day at all since I got back to my parents house on Monday, simply because there's no 3G signal in the house and i couldn't be bothered to find the WiFi code! It's been much nicer to have a break from screens through the day and play some games with the family! xx

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  2. Love this, I totally agree with how refreshing it is!
    I'm going to try and make it a new years resolution to take a day off a week from technology - it's so nice to not stare at a screen for the majority of your day xx

    Laura | elelibee

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  3. This is certainly something that I'll be doing in 2015 especially now I have gotten into the habit of scheduling posts and tweets! Spending quality time with family and friends is so important.

    Keeley
    www.phatcupcake.com

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  4. This is a very good point! Whenever I'm having some 'me-time' I always make sure I put my phone in another room or turn it off - can't have me time if I'm on social media! It's definitely something I'm going to do more in 2015 :)

    Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas!

    Katie || K NEL xx

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  5. I wasn't online too much on Christmas day, only before I went to bed really! It's such a shame that this only happens once a year for many of us. Even if I'm only watching telly with my family, if we're watching and enjoying the same thing - then that's something.

    Happy New Year,

    Catherine x

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    1. I know there's nothing better than just switching off from technology and chilling out with family :) Hope you had a lovely Christmas x

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