I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for MetLife. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Oftentimes I think people attribute the word social specifically to friends and acquaintances, but social simply means living together in a community and/or enjoying the company of others. Being sociable means you are inclined to be in the company of others, which is somewhat ironic since many times we are in the company of others and yet we are plugged into social media via our device of convenience. There are moments when I am out to dinner with my family and will look up from the table and see families surrounding me all plugged into a device. The kids will be on iPads, iPods or phones and the parents are texting or talking on their phones and no one is actually together or socializing with the people they are physically with.
It is kind of depressing.
Make no mistake, I am guilty of the same obliviousness at times. My husband will conversationally nudge me at any point I am looking at my phone too much or seem as if I am drifting mentally away from what is going on. Many times I get caught up in seeing my family behind the lens of my camera phone rather than actually being with my family in the moment. It is this realization that has brought me to committing myself to MetLife’s #SocialBlackout campaign for Mother’s Day.
On Mother’s Day MetLife is challenging families to put away social media and put that attention towards Moms. I like to think of it as attention towards the whole family! Because what more do Moms really want than their family to be with them when they are together? I would personally love my son to take his eyes off his phone and pull the plugs out of his ears when we go out and I know my husband would love it if I would put away babysitting the blog for the whole day and let myself relax with everyone.
So I am bringing this challenge to YOU. Do you think you are up for it? Because if our families are willing to put away everything for us Moms, we should be capable of putting it away for them too. One Day – 24 hours, complete Social Media Blackout! That means no peeking on Facebook or sneaking on Twitter.