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This post is a little bit different from what you usually see here on Dearest Lou but I’m super excited to tell you guys about Selfie, a new comedy premiering on ABC this Tuesday night 8pm/7pm central. Selfie stars Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) a social media-obsessed girl who gives up likes to be liked and has thousands of followers who follow her every post. After an embarrassing work incident goes viral, she realizes that these followers aren’t real friends and that no one reaches out to comfort her when she’s feeling down. She then reaches out to Henry (John Cho) to rebrand herself and learn how to connect with people in the real world.
I watched the pilot episode and thought it was both hilarious and had so many truths to it. I think inside each of us there is a little bit of Eliza. I know I love social media because I personally seek friendships with others that I wouldn’t be able to meet around the globe. I’ve met so many amazing people and would love to follow up with some of my virtual friends I have yet to meet at some point in my life.
If you can’t wait for the premiere feel free to follow this link to the pilot episode.
After watching the pilot episode, I took a Selfie personality quiz to see which “Selfie” profile I related to the most. After taking the quiz I came out to be a lurker. I was then challenged to go 24 hours off of lurking social media on Tuesday September 16. In order to be less tempted to see what my friends were up to, I logged off of all my social accounts the night before.
It was honestly refreshing to go 24 hours without checking anything and I found that I had a lot more free time to do other things I enjoy during the day. Some of the events of my day that really stood out to me were:
· I finally had time to organize my clothes
· I went to the park with Zaden distraction-free
· Reading a book after the boys went to sleep for the night
Those are things I normally do on a daily basis but it was a completely different experience without checking my phone. I honestly felt like I was disconnected to the outside world and at times really wanted to see what my friends were up to. However, on the positive side I felt so close to my family and in the moment.
While cleaning I listened to music and danced with Zaden. I didn’t check my phone once to see what others were up to which really helped me treasure that silly moment with my son. At the park I was able to spend every minute enjoying the last of the summer rays and seeing my little boy play with new friends. Heck, even reading at night was much more enjoyable without my phone as a distraction. I honestly try not to spend very much time on my phone or laptop while my guys are awake but some days aren’t as great as others.
Going a full 24 hours without social media was awesome. I want to try and live in the moment with those around me, rather than seeing what others are up to. Although connecting with others is great at times, some moments should be treasured solely with those around you. I highly encourage each of you to do a social media cleanse of your own, whether it be not checking what your friends are up to, go 24 hours without posting what you are up to on social media, or whatever you would like to challenge yourself to go without. Enjoy living in the moment for one full day. I promise you won’t regret it.