My five-year-old has gotten really into
commercials. When I did a post-flu cleanup of the house last week,
Abby asked, "Did you use Lysol or bleach?"
"Oh good! Lysol is better than bleach at killing cold and
flu germs! 99 percent!"
I heard daily about when we could expect
Minnie-rella to first broadcast on
television, and she loves to point out what the TV is spouting as
the preferred snack of the day.
The other night, she was trying to pin me down about when
we could go to visit Sea World. As she started to walk away she
said, "You know, Mom, life is on Facebook."
I told her that what the commercial had said was to
"like us on
She was adamant. "NO, Mommy. LIFE is on
I can't really argue with her. Facebook is a big part of
my day, for work, my personal life and for blogging. As someone who
often telecommutes, Facebook is sometimes the only adult
interaction that I have in a day. Although it can drive me crazy,
I've enjoyed keeping up with friends and family in a way I couldn't
Lately, though, life has
been on Facebook. For a while, I had set up a good routine: I
cut being online out of my evenings. When the kids came home, the
devices were put aside. I might do a quick check after they went to
bed, but then everything was turned off and I'd focus on other
things for the night.
I found that not only was I more present with the kids, I
was in a better mood after they went to bed as well. I was more
relaxed, less twitchy from constant scrolling and you know
what? I wasn't missing anything,
I even managed to read a couple of REAL
I went to a
social content marketing conference yesterday and learned
that we check our devices an average of 110 times in a day. While I
need to be tapped in throughout the day for work, I do not need to
be doing the constant mindless scroll.
So I'm going to try to reinstate my old routine - I'm
going to try to take life off
Facebook again, at least in the evenings. I already know that
I'll feel better for doing it.
Do you have trouble stepping offline?
Tracy Jensen, aka ChiMomWriter, is a writer, marketer, mother, fundraiser, marathoner, and music lover. She can be found at night ignoring the dishes and playing on Twitter.
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