This week, I've been thinking a lot about social media.
And the truth is... I'm tired.
I never realised how much I rely on my devices - whether it's my mobile, my laptop or my iPad - I'm never too far away from a handset.
Over the past few months, I've become increasingly aware of the amount of time I spend aimlessly scrolling.
Without sounding too deep, life is passing me by and all I'm thinking about is where my next notification will come from.
This needs to stop.
My family even bought me the following book for Christmas - which says it all really!
Don't get me wrong, I love social media and I'm thankful for all the opportunities it has bought my way over the past few years. My blog is one of my biggest passions, and I wouldn't be able to do what I do if it wasn't for these public platforms.
I don't plan on disappearing, but I just feel like I need to manage my time better.
To be honest, it's the recent news surrounding the death of Caroline Flack that really got me thinking. Although I didn't know Caroline personally, I couldn't help but feel an overwhelming sense of sadness every time I logged onto social media.
I have no doubt in believing that the press / social media abuse she received, played a huge role in her decision to end her life.
Yes, I know she wasn't perfect, but she was still a human being. Caroline was hands down one of my favourite TV personalities - from her infectious laugh to her sexy slo-mo walk - I never expected the news to knock me like it did.
In light of this, I have decided now is the right time to take a social detox. Fear not, I'm still gonna be around... creating content and talking to my friends.
But what you shan't see is me sat scrolling, wasting endless amounts of time doing nothing.
Social media isn't all doom and gloom, as there are some real practical issues I have also had to consider:
As a wheelchair user, I rely on my phone as a safety blanket whenever I am out, or alone. I always like to have my phone nearby, just in case I need any physical support. For example, if I need to call anyone in regards to any issues with my wheelchair or health.
Connecting with Friends
We all know I can be a bit of a 'social butterfly'. Over the years, I have used my social media platforms to connect with new friends, as well as maintaining relationships with those who no longer live nearby.
For instance, my best mate lives in Australia and messages via pigeon just won't cut it.
Social media has also bought me closer to many bloggers, who I speak to on a daily basis. Despite the fact I haven't met many of these people, I still class them as genuine friends. MDBloggersCrew - I'm looking at you!
I'm a bit of a geek when it comes to general knowledge and celebrity culture. Although I don't watch the news on TV, or buy a daily newspaper, I do like to keep up to date with what's going on in the world.
Yet again, social media has enabled us easy access - via a click of a button - which is great!
Like I've said before, it isn't all doom and gloom. I can appreciate the perks of social media, but I do feel like it has started to take over my life recently.
Over this past week, I have consciously cut down on the amount of time spent on my devices and I'm already feeling better for it.
I even read a whole book in 5 days - which is just pure madness - considering the last book I read was probably 10 years ago!
From now on, I'm going to be online for the right reasons only.
I will continue posting content for my blog and speaking with my closest friends. It's just time for me to say goodbye to the sleepless nights and aimless scrolling!
I'mma go back to being a 90's kid - but don't expect to see me playing in the streets, because ya know, it's cold...
and I'm not a pedo.