It’s so hard to get offline these days.
Honestly speaking, who hasn’t gotten through a day without checking their social media accounts, watching videos on Youtube, uploading pictures, or reading the news through the Internet? The World Wide Web is now indeed a part of our daily lives, that it’s hard to imagine a day without going online.
Online life also translates to work life. Most business and work are now done online, ranging from sharing of documents to financial transactions. In short, the world revolves around the Internet.
But have you felt lately that you’re also making the Internet your world? When was the last time you logged off and did something enjoyable offline without interrupting real like to check on your social media updates?
It’s a must to stay connected online, but it’s also a must to live out your life as well.
I’ve thought about this lately when I decided to go offline for weekends. I know it’s difficult, especially if you’re compelled to check out your social media accounts or research something on the Internet for academic purposes. But I challenged myself and gave it a go, just to know what it felt like. Boy, I did feel a lot lighter for going offline on weekends!
After staying offline for two straight weekends now, here are the other insights I’ve realized.
Pay Attention to Your Real-Life Relationships
How many of you are really friends with your “friends” on Facebook?
By really friends, I mean, going out with them and seeing them once in a while to catch up with each other. Online socialization is good to keep the friendship alive, but if social networks are replacing your real-life friends, it’s not healthy anymore. A lot of us may have made friends online, and some of those friendships may have translated to offline bonding. Thumbs up to that. But don’t forget to keep your old ties intact.
Aside from learning to socialize with offline situations, real-life relationships can be maintained as long as both parties work it out, whether it be family, friends, or significant others. Physical interaction and empathy are two things that you won’t really feel from online relationships. Use the Internet to maintain ties and to forge new ones, not to isolate you from the people in your life.
By this phrase, what I mean is to unplug and do something. It may be physical work like exercise, but it could also mean going out, trying a new hobby, or simply spending time with loved ones or by yourself.
And please, curb the temptation to check your social media accounts through your smartphones. The purpose of this activity is to lessen your tendencies towards being addicted to your social media accounts.
Try it, you won’t lose anything if you don’t check your newsfeeds every 15 minutes. Not only that, you’ll realize that there are other fun things to do aside from being online all the time.
Do Something Without the Need for Online Gratification
How many of us have posted pictures showing our latest buys, spending time on a night out with friends, food posts, or just a plain selfie? We many not notice it, but we do things just so we could show it to our online friends and feel the rush when we get likes or retweets for our pictures or status updates. It’s indeed a good feeling to know that we get noticed on social media. But do remember that there’s more to ourselves than getting all the likes on Facebook.
For once, go and enjoy something without having to share every moment of it on social media. Think of it this way: you don’t need to get a lot of likes to prove yourself that you’re a cool person who does cool things. Do something you like, and cherish the memory by yourself. Or go out with a friend and try to keep the experience between both of you. In this way, you learn not to overshare, and you realize that online gratification is only fleeting.
Online life is surely a part of us, but remember, it doesn’t have to be your entire life. Make it an extension of yourself, instead of letting it rule over you. We all need balance in our lives, and I bet if you’re reading this, this is something you yourself struggle with. Go out into the world and experience things. You’ll learn that life isn’t always equated to getting a lot of online likes, approval, constant work, and technological interaction.