How to Have a Healthy Love Affair with Facebook

Jun 10, 2015 by

facebook-like-heartsSocial media.  We can’t escape it.  People with their nose in their phone, oblivious to the world around them are everywhere.  Whether we like it or not, it’s a part of our lives.  To what extent is up to you.  Recently I’ve been reading a lot about the negative aspects of social media – cutting into family time, cyber-bullying, minimizing (or replacing) human interaction.  I’ve been hearing a lot about the desire to curtail “screen time” or purge social media all together.  I get it.  But I think there may be a way to establish a happy medium.  I think it’s not only possible to have a healthy relationship with social media but it can actually be beneficial if you use it the right way.

 

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My Year: I’d Rather Not Review It, Facebook

Jan 2, 2015 by

If any of you have a Facebook account (and that’s probably most of you), you’ve probably received a holiday “card” of sorts – a post that shows up in your feed that replays the prior year’s top events in photos. The pictures, algorithmically customized for each user, are displayed under the tagline; “It’s Been A Great Year…Thanks for Being A Part Of It.”  I have news for you, Facebook, for some of us, it hasn’t been a great year… and we hardly want to review it.

This year has been particularly tough for me and I’m not sorry to close the door on 2014. Family issues, relationship conflicts, and the loss of loved ones have made this a less than stellar year and watching a slideshow of photos that bring back those memories in vivid detail is painful.

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Online Obligations

Nov 26, 2014 by

Alright. I’m just going to put this out there at the risk of embarrassing myself. I’m not sure if you can relate, but I polled a few of my girlfriends and found that they could identify with me, at varying levels.

I often feel obligated to check my phone. Does that sound weird? Let me explain. Between myself and the three women that I spoke with, I find that sometimes the websites, blogs, and social media that I find entertaining can also make me feel duty-bound. By this, I mean that I feel that many times I need to check in on my Facebook mom groups and show some love and support, stay on top of my friends’ Instagram photos, update my running app, make my move on one of my word games when I think that maybe a friend is waiting for me, and stay abreast of a couple of my favorite blogs.

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Do I Have To???

Sep 22, 2014 by

Baby girl is nearly 11 months old, so you know what that means – I am well on my way to planning a very special, grand first birthday party for her!

photo credit: Microsoft Images

photo credit: Microsoft Images

HAHA just kidding.  For my Pinterest-apathetic, moderately disorganized, majorly procrastinating self, it means means that I am now thinking a lot about the fact that I have done almost no planning for my baby’s birthday.  First-time mom FAIL.

What I HAVE done:

1) Picked a date.  Baby girl’s birthday falls on the weekend, so it was an easy choice.

2) Picked a theme.  We have bird feeders on one of our living room windows and baby girl spends probably half of her waking hours looking at said window, waving, and going, “Buh!  Buh!”  Party theme: birds.  Bam.

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Facebook Lessons

Sep 17, 2014 by

I admit it. I probably definitely spend more time on Facebook than I care to admit. But it’s so addictive. The pictures, who’s doing what, the town chatter, etc, etc.

Yet, in using social media, there are tons of tiny lessons to be aware of. We’ve all been exposed to those who have no idea where to draw the line, who behave like it’s their first time on the internet. Like there’s no such thing as a screen shot or as though their words may not live forever once they’ve been read. When I started to think about it, I realized that many of these lessons easily apply to how we might benefit from behaving properly “in real life”.

Status update: "Let's spread love."

Status update: “Let’s spread love.”

So these are some of the little nuggets that I’ve learned through my own – and others’ – mistakes:

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