We recently returned from a fun and exciting, and photo-filled, Spring Break trip.
But I didn't post a single picture or share a word about it until we got home. I have two reasons for this.
(1) Safety and privacy.
(2) Being present.
Let me be the first to say that I enjoy living vicariously through your vacation photos. I genuinely "like" them and I'm not against all the sharing, per se. It's the timing that I've started to think more about. Here's why.
(1) Safety and privacy: Chances are, none of my social media friends are going to break into our house while we are away. But why go through the exercise of locking our doors, putting the lights on timers, asking the neighbors to keep an eye out and grab the mail . . . if I'm just going to put up a giant virtual sign that says: WE ARE LONG GONE. Doesn't seem wise.
(2) Being present: I have a hard time turning off my internal social media feed. During the first 48 hours of our vacation, I would take a picture and immediately think of the perfect snappy caption for it . . . which is so weird. Why can't I just take a picture to enjoy and remember the moment? Why do I have to be thinking of what "my audience" (which is so narcissistic I'm grossed out by myself to say it) will find funny or enjoy? It is a habit I have to break, most especially while we are on vacation. These are OUR memories, not the world's. I need to be engaged with my family, not checking Facebook or Instagram to see how many responses I got to that adorable photo with the hilarious caption. Oh, let me just check real quick to see how many likes I got. What? Okay, hang on. Mommy will watch in a minute.
You know it's true.
If I'm thinking about those things - especially on vacation! - my priorities are skewed. I'm turing our vacation into a performance for others. Or at least, it's a slippery slope in that direction.
So, for now anyway, we've made a hard and fast rule against posting any vacation photos while we are away. Best to unplug as much as possible while we are gone, enjoy the cocoon of family time, then edit and share later.
What do you think? Am I being too strict? Share in real time or wait?
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