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Are we experiencing social media overload? A life spent looking at screens!

Article by Ceri Wheeldon

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For the past 5 years I have spent much of my day (and my evenings) looking at screens. Whether it has been writing copy, conducting research, editing videos or posting and interacting on social media.

I am rarely anywhere without some sort of digital device with me, whether a phone,  tablet or laptop.   For various reasons I reached the end of 2015 exhausted, and when friends invited me to stay for a few days  for a little R&R I went- armed with a bag of technology, fully intending to keep up to date with all my social media accounts..but…..I really was exhausted. I took the radical decision (for me) to keep everything packed away…and avoid all screens, using my phone only for calls .

Amazingly my world did not fall apart. I had lots of long lazy lunches with good friends and long walks. I slept far better and after extending my visit for a few extra days came home far more refreshed. There were no major incidents as a result of me taking myself completely out of the loop for a week. Facebook, twitter,pinterest  etc and my website all continued to march on without me!

Now I can restart with more energy and enthusiasm. I do realise though that I need to have definite breaks away from all screens. We seem to live in a society now where we are expected to be contactable 24/7 .  Between phone calls, texts, skype, viber, facetime, whatsapp, twitter, facebook, Gplus,  emails, instagram, linkedin the ways to contact and be contacted seem to be endless!

As much as I love interacting with people I do appreciate the importance of switching everything off  and being disciplined enough not to check all of my various accounts!

Are we in social media overload? What are your thoughts?




Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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