I have to say that I absolutely love Instagram. I love the communities & challenges I've been exposed to because of it & I love following friends & making new ones. It's fun catching a glimpse into people's lives & I enjoy capturing little moments of mine that I might otherwise overlook. I enjoy Twitter for the same reasons, in addition to being able to follow news & other forums.
I do think it can be a double-edged sword though. I've found myself opening Instagram without even realizing I'm doing it. I usually try to take a break & put my phone away when that happens, but it's remarkably easy to get caught up. N & I have had a few spats over our phone usage. I don't like when he plays games on his all the time & he doesn't always like when I'm on Instagram. In that regard, it doesn't add to my relationship.
I think in a lot of other ways it can add to relationships though. I've inspired and been inspired by fitness friends & challenges, found great new recipes, & kept up with relationships I may not have otherwise. I don't use Facebook much anymore aside from posting photos, blog posts, or creating events, but I do find it really useful for those purposes, as well as for keeping in touch with friends overseas. It keeps things organized & I like that aspect of it.
Going forward, I'd like to get better at putting my phone away & shutting off social media from time to time. I'd also like to learn to be more effective when I do use it. I think it can be a great tool when used properly & in moderation. (Ha! Everything in moderation, right?)
This post is in response to Danielle's prompt on her blog, Sometimes Sweet. Find the rest of my responses in this series here.Follow @whoalansi