Surviving social media. Put down your phone.


Live in the moment. What’s the point of going to see something or visiting a place if you never actually connect with what you are doing and seeing.

How many times have we done something only to observed it entirely through our phones? How many concerts have we been too where we can’t see anything because the person infront of us has their phone in the air?

Surviving social media is as much about knowing when not to use it as knowing how to use it.

Often when I visit somewhere special or go on holidays I like to actually reach out and touch what I’m seeing. Running my hands along the Roman wall in York or feeling the cool steel of the Eiffel Tower connects me to that place, it doesn’t feel real until I have done it. The same goes for actually seeing with my own eyes. Seeing something is an incredibly intimate act and we don’t realise how connected we are. The light bounces off what you are looking at and streams in to your eyes activating the rods and cones. The world around us is literally touching us in every way.

Taking a moment to actually connect with a place rather than rushing through it to catch the perfect selfie or missing the chance to see it with your own eyes rather than through a video screen is like passing through life as a ghost. How many of us are really present where we are standing?

If you can’t take moments to live for yourself, then I promise watching it on your phone will never make you happy. Genuinely connecting with life is more important than any selfie and will make the sharing more satisfying.

A year from now you won’t regret missing out on a selfie but you will regret not taking the time to enjoy the moment.

One thought on “Surviving social media. Put down your phone.

  • November 12, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Shannon – I think that part of the reason is that a cell phone camera is so small, inconsequential and unobtrusive that no one thinks twice about snapping a picture. Back in the day when cameras were big and bulky, they tended to be noticed by everyone and commented on or at least acknowledged as being a “camera”. I can’t remember the number of times where I’d be in a architecturally or historically significant building, decide I needed to photograph something on the ceiling, and set the timer on the camera, lay it on it’s back pointed at the ceiling and let it do it’s thing 🙂 Others along with me would inevitably comment about what I was doing. Today, with a cell phone camera, one can snap away and no one else is the wiser.


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