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Keep Social Media in Its Place- Not in Your Face
Life vs. Social Media
Most of us would hate to admit the fact that we're on some type of social media more than several times a day. We like to see what's going on in everyone else's lives, post a picture, write a post, comment on someone else's and so on and so forth. Our hands get all clammy just thinking about that argument that we could possibly start by typing that one little comment or seeing how many likes/comments that cute picture of our dog is getting.
But how are our real lives doing? Are we keeping our priorities straight? Or could our real lives do with a little TLC. We may be keeping our social media "friends" happy, but what about our actual friends and family- in real life. The ones that we should be seeing on a regular basis, or at least calling/talking to. How are our real friendships and relationships doing? Take the quiz below and find out how well you're doing.
Quiz: Face-to-Face Friends vs. Social Media "Friends"
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How did you do?
So, now that you've taken the quiz, how do you feel about the results? Do you think you could be a better friend to your face-to-face friends, a better mom or dad, aunt or uncle, grandparent, or are you doing really well? Social media should never be our life. It should be one's way of keeping in touch with those we care about, and maybe making a few other friends/acquaintances, but it should never be the one thing we can't live without. If this is the case, then we need to reevaluate our lives. What has happened to all of the friends you used to have? Are they all doing the same thing you are, and just using social media for their social lives, or have they disappeared because you don't seem to have time for them anymore? Hmmm....
Play something together- as a family-
Parents vs. Social Media
Moms and Dads, how are your priorities? What do you think your kids would say? Would they think that you are on your phones, laptops, I Pads, etc., too much? Are you on those more than you're in tune with your own children or spouse? Put the electronics down. If you have to, only be on them a certain time of the day when no one else is going to need your attention. If your family is coming after your electronics, your priorities are truly messed up. Just put the phone down, and walk away. Go talk to your kids, your wife or husband. Ask them how their day was, and be honestly in tune with what they are saying. Hug them. That's what life is all about. Play a board game- Parcheesi is fun. Remember when you were younger and fun was playing a game- not an electronic one? Family time at its greatest! Give your family the time they need and deserve. No one else matters the way that they do.
Cast Your Vote: Should children under the age of 16 be able to have an account on social media?
Kids and Teenagers vs. Social Media
Being a parent or caregiver forces you to make decisions for your kids. It's up to you to make wise decisions for them, until they are at an age where they are making good ones for themselves. Social media has become a place for stalkers, hackers, murderers, rapists, molesters, etc. There are many good people on there, but there are just as many bad people. You need to be the adult in the situation. It is my suggestion that you always have the passwords to all of the websites that your kids visit- especially for social media. Don't worry about the fact that your child is going to have a fit about it. Protect your children. There are so many kids out there that really don't have a clue how many terrible people are out there. It's your job to protect them from harm. Use this as an opportunity to talk to your child about the dangers of this life- age appropriate please. Make sure they know you're doing this out of love and concern for their well-being, and not "just because"- that will not get you anywhere with them. They will just go behind your back and create an account that you won't even know about. The world is always changing, and not for the better, as we all know. I believe that social media is no place for children, but not everyone feels that way, and that's alright. Just be smart about it, if you're going to allow it.
Is Social Media all that bad?
No. Social media is awesome! This is not to stop people from using it, but rather to encourage you to keep your priorities where they should be. Social media brings many people back together, after years of not knowing where each other is; it gives distant friends and family a channel to stay in steady contact with each other, people fall in love through its use, etc. The whole point of this article is to get each and every one to think about their own priorities. Think about it, and then, think about it again. Keep social media in its place- not in your face. Don't let it overtake your world or your life. What would you do if tomorrow all of this was ripped away from us? What would our lives be like without it? Do we depend on this too much? That's the real question now, isn't it...
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