Saturday, July 5, 2014

A Holiday With No Social Media- *Gasp*

OK~ It's official, I have made it through two holidays without social media in my hand. Easter 2014 was the first and now July 4, 2014. I'm just like everyone else, as I love to have my smart phone with me where ever I go. But let me tell you, it's kind of nice to just go to a gathering and not worry about taking "that" picture. Since I have no photos of the actual day, here's a great glimpse of what our view was like for most of the day.

When people of all ages do not have their smart phones out, it's amazing what happens. A few games of ladder golf and even volleyball began to take place at our gathering. And people actually talked to each other, gasp! If you give people the opportunity to get off of their phones and experience life, it really is a great thing! The 4th of July was nice in Iowa, we had upper 70 degree temps, so it was a great day to be outdoors.

For me, it's important to realize that there is a time and a place to get out my smart phone. I do take a lot of photos when I travel. These photos are my own person file of "stock" photos. They are my go to photos when I need a particular photo for a blog post.  My family also knows that they need to move away from their food while dining out as Mom may want a photo. As you can tell, I do use my smart phone a lot, but I am also proud of the fact that I am able to step away from it at times.

I do not have family photos of our family gathering for Easter 2014 or July 4th, 2014, and I'm ok with that. I made memories with my family that I can carry with me forever.

I think I probably need to get in the habit of taking my actual camera with me, as opposed to my smart phone. This way I will still have some photos of our family gatherings, yet not feel like it needs to go to social media at the touch of a button.

Are you attached to your smart phone? If so, I challenge you! Once the next holiday rolls around, leave it home. Trust me, you will talk to family members, play games, and see everything from a whole new perspective. Hey, who knew? Social media and technology have changed how we all communicate and I cannot stress how important this is to those of you that have younger kids at family gatherings. Younger kids are looking up to how adults are behaving and if the adults all have their smart phones out- just imagine the trend that is being set.

Face to face conversation still matter and it's up to us adults to set a precedence. So, tell me about your holiday, do you have oodles of photos on social media? Did you connect and play games or focus on that "next" photo? I'd love to hear how you are handling your family gatherings or if this topic even matters to you? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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