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What has it cost you?

jessica's journey Jul 20, 2017

How many times did you check your Facebook account last week?

How many hours did you spend on Instagram?

How much time do you spend watching your own Snapchat/Insta story?

What could you have accomplished in that same amount of time?

I removed Snapchat from my phone, but last week alone, I checked Facebook 128 times and Instagram 87 times. In total I spent 10 hours on those apps and 31 hours on my phone.

Do you know what I could have accomplished in that time?

  • I could have called a friend (well, several friends) and developed a stronger relationship with someone I care about.
  • I could have looked at grad schools or determined what I want to do with my future.
  • I even could have gone to the gym and started working toward my weight-loss goal.

I probably could have accomplished a number of things, but instead now all I know are the ins and outs of Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian’s relationship.

In my last post, I misspoke. I noted a few things that kept me from being present in my life, but that wasn’t fair. It would have been fair to say that my willingness to let these things distract me are the reason I have failed to reach some of my goals. At the time I started writing this post, I had 2 cell phones, an iPad, 2 laptops, a Nook, a smart watch and 2 televisions in my possession (3 of these devices are supplied by my employer). I also had Hulu and Netflix accounts, 118 applications on my cell phone and a social media presence on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

That’s ridiculous.

Maybe the reason I haven’t found a job that fulfills me is because instead of bolstering my skills and applying for other positions, I’ve been on Facebook. Maybe the reason my friendships are strained is because I spent too much time constructing a life “for the ‘gram” instead of having real conversations. Sometimes I experience FOMO (fear of missing out) when I’m not active online or can’t check my page, but look at what it has cost me.

What has it cost you?

What’s keeping you from getting what you want?

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