Are you constantly on Facebook?
I used to be like every other Gen Y person, living my life through social media. I would write status updates and post photos several times a day. I was constantly scrolling through my news feed, whether I was at home our out.
My husband and I even received a Christmas card one year from friends, and it said, “I know we can’t catch up as much as we used to, but please keep making us laugh on Facebook!” That made me sad. It was as though reading and commenting on our status updates was enough to sustain the friendship.
But the constant tensions that arose from my over-sharing on social media led me to take a break from Facebook for several months, and now, I hardly use it at all.
In 2013, things started to get messy for me on Facebook. The straw that broke the digital camel’s back was when I used my status update to make fun of a homeless person, which eventually offended one of my friends.
Here’s what happened. One day, I was at my local shopping mall, and I was wearing my baby daughter Emmy in a Baby Bjorn carrier. She was only a few months old at the time. She fell asleep in the carrier, with her chubby face pressed into my chest.
A dishevelled man in his 40s approached me on the escalators. His face looked like it had actual dirt on it, his hair was matted, and his clothes were filthy. He smelled terrible. He came close to me and said in a friendly way, “Make sure your baby can breathe while she’s in the baby carrier. You don’t want her to suffocate!”