I think it’s only natural that a person who is quite involved in Social Media and communication will at some point ask herself, what consequences it has to be always online. I work as a Marketing & Social Media Manager and additionally also have this Blog (which I love working on and creating content for!) – you can believe me, that’s a lot of time spent on Instagram, FB & Co. Especially, with the rise of Snapchat and Instagram Stories I feel like the time people spent watching videos has increased dramatically.
Last week, I read an article on Spiegel Online, which reported that a court has declared making phone calls with a mobile phone an occupational disease – since it had caused brain cancer for an Italian worker. I personally was shocked when I read the article – is that going to happen to me to if I continue spending that much time on the phone? Are these consequences for real?
Apart from the health consequences, Social Media have severe consequences for our daily lives. When was the last time you went our for dinner and didn’t touch your phone once? Only had real conversations? When was the last time you went to a concert and just enjoyed the music, instead of filming the whole scenario? I know, that sounds so petty and old-fashioned. That’s what our parents tell ourselves day in and out. But maybe they are right?
Maybe it’s time for our generation to embrace real life again and do some digital detox from time to time: not placing our phones on the bedside table but in the kitchen over night, going out for dinner without a phone, going for a walk, creating memories in our minds, not our iClouds.
In my opinion, even when you’re a blogger or work in Social Media, you should have the freedom to be offline from time to time – maybe that is the only thing that keeps us sane. Despite the fact that I love my job and certainly this blog (which is surely my job as well), I enjoy to go for a walk in nature with my dog and parents without my phone. I also think the best nights are those, when no phone is needed.