Had you ever stopped to consider – we’re part of the problem?

Countless times I’ve proclaimed that I’m considering removing myself from Facebook. I have a blog account – keep. I’m opening a charitable account soon – keep. But the personal social account is fraught with conflicting emotions.

What value does it bring to my life?

I live for the dog posts. I look forward to the family and friend posts. Yet I recall how many years I lived without Facebook – and other social channels. Those were great times and memories of a time when I was completely engrossed in life – not recording it, documenting it, or scrolling it while I was physically present with others. Continue reading “Had you ever stopped to consider – we’re part of the problem?”

Turn off your phone, and tune into your life.

Social media and texting have become central to our daily lives. Many feel the need to check-in when they arrive somewhere, post where they’re having dinner, and much, much more.

I’m not bashing it in anyway and I’ve done the same over the years, navigating the social channels and learning about them for work, not personal, at the start. Had it not been for that, I’d still have my BlackBerry and had remained the Facebook anti-Christ. But I have to say, I love many aspects of these communication vehicles. It’s reconnected me with family and friends, introduced me to people with like interests around the globe, and serves in promoting a lot of good content – when we weed through it. On the flip side, it can also drain our bank accounts when our willpower is low, targeting us through ads that make us want what we never even knew existed. Apple pay, PayPal, Shop – click, it’s mine!

And let’s not discount how valuable social media – as well as texting, FaceTime, and the good old fashioned telephone call – was during the COVID years. It was instrumental in keeping us all connected, professionally and personally.

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Scrolling, scrolling … why can’t we just keep on scrolling?

Taking a few minutes to unwind with social media, I found myself shaking my head and muttering aloud.

A cute baby picture, smiling and clearly enjoying her moment sitting on the grass in her festive sweater – then the comments.

“Watch out for ticks!” “It’s a bit cold for that baby to be on the ground.” “Bring that baby in!”

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If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.

Having recently been verbally assaulted by the written word in Facebook Messenger , I took a stand then, let it go.  It served to remind me that no matter how fair or unbiased we are aiming to be, there will always be someone who disagrees and perceives a message differently.  And that being said, haters will hate. Continue reading “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.”