Take a Break from Technology
Over the Thanksgiving break I decided to be in the moment and spend time with family since it was only a short weekend. I decided to take a break from technology and be social media free. I must admit, it was difficult not being able to check Instagram, Snap Chat, or Facebook quite frequently. However, I learned a lot from the experience that I would like to share with you.
The first day was by far the hardest. I had major FOMO. (Fear of Missing Out) I wanted to see what all my friends doing and posting on social media now that we were all home for the break! It got easier as the weekend continued. I found myself grabbing my phone, but I had to keep reminding myself to stay off it. However, I did make the occasional exception of texting to stay in contact with friends and family.
Living in the Moment
It was refreshing to be present and to spend time with my relatives. I even had a friend surprise me since I didn’t know she was home already. It would not have been as big of a surprise if I had seen her post on social media that she was back.
Thanksgiving day was by far the easiest day of them all because I was too busy catching up with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins I have not seen in months. I am thankful for the memories I was able to make with my family that weekend. Even though it was a struggle, my family was there to support me and keep me distracted!
After this experience I really do not see myself living a “social media free” life.Technology plays a big role in my everyday life and I am truly thankful for the technology I am provided with – not only for social media, but also the resources I use for school. However I learned that I needed that brief liberation and it acted as a cleanse for me.
Now I challenge you, Pearson Students! Do you think you could go one week without checking social media pages? Try it over Winter Break! f you wish to share your experience, write a blog about it, and submit the draft through the Pearson Student Insiders!
Delaney Stockford, from Northern California, is a sophomore at the University of Arizona studying Pre-Business. Her goal is to receive a Business degree with an emphasis in Management Information Systems and Operations Management. She is the Pearson Campus Ambassador at University of Arizona. She enjoys staying active, whether that be at the gym, playing a sport, or out in nature. At the U of A, she is an active member of the Greek community and invests much of her time in Alpha Phi’s philanthropy, the American Heart Association.
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