Is Social Media Harmful to Your Health?



Judging by recent experiences, my answer would be: yes, social media is harmful to your health.  Here’s why:

1. On Saturday morning, I started filling the sink with water to wash up.  Whilst I was waiting, I composed a tweet about my eldest son’s complete and utter lack of motivation as he sat doing his homework…and looked up to find I’d flooded the kitchen.

Now, if my husband’s reading this, the sink overflowed a bit, I calmly grabbed towels and kitchen roll and set about mopping it up immediately.  No harm done.

If he’s not reading this *whispers*…the water was cascading dramatically down the kitchen cupboards like a soapy waterfall.  It crept towards every electrical appliance on the work surfaces and soaked anything even mildly porous.  I paddled through an inch of water, saturating my slippers and just stood there for a while, mesmerised by the sheer volume of water gushing off every surface.  Then I ran around like a headless chicken sprang into action with a handful of tea towels muttering, ‘Oh shit! Oh shit! Oh shit!’ before I thought to actually turn the tap off.

2. On Sunday, in response to some comment about having a lot to do, my delightful eight year old son scornfully declared, ‘You don’t even work, Mum!’  Resisting the urge to kick him in the shins, I calmly(ish) informed him that I do work, it’s just that most of it is at home from the laptop so I can drop him and his brothers at school and pick them up again.  ‘Oh yeah I forgot’, he replied with the cocky swagger and careless abandon of a male who has not yet experienced the unbridled wrath of a hormonal woman, ‘You work at Ensor and Facebook’.

Oh dear.  He equates the time I spend on social media sites as equivalent to my paid employment.  Note to self; spend less time social media networking so my son doesn’t think I’ve been hired by Facebook to update my status and ‘like’ photos of cute animals.  If only Carlsberg made jobs…

3. On Tuesday I started to tell an anecdote to a friend and then, with a sense of deja vu, stopped midway to ask, ‘Have I already told you this?’  To which she replied, ‘No but I think you tweeted about it’.  Sometimes when that happens (and it’s becoming more and more frequent) I answer my own question with, ‘Oh no, I remember, I was talking to one of my Twitter friends about it.’ That would be the virtual ‘talking’ with someone I’ve never met in ‘real’ life, then.

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4.  It was M’s fifth birthday yesterday which I didn’t blog about because I didn’t have time (I was doing actual, proper, honest to goodness work for the company I’m freelancing for).  Then I felt genuine panic because I hadn’t documented his special day in some sort of social media format.  As I’m rubbish at taking photos, I’ve gotten used to chronicling the lives of my children on my blog so in the absence of this, I put a status on Facebook (you know, my employers 😉 ) at about 9.30pm last night.

I still don’t really know the purpose of this other than I felt a compulsion to share his birthday as I share (nearly) every other aspect of my life.  It’s not like he was going to read it, is it?  He was in bed, apart from the fact that he’s in Reception and has only just got the hang of blending ‘tricky’ words in his Kipper and Chip books.

5. This leads my to my fifth reason why social media is harmful to your health and that of your loved ones.  Every aspect of the lives of my husband and children is scrutinised for its potential as a blog post; every milestone moment, every embarrassment, every faux pas, forever immortalised on Distressed Housewife for all the world (or a few hundred people) to see.

Thinking about it, I suppose it’s my way of atoning for spending so much time in front of my laptop.  It will serve as proof to my children when they’re older that we did spend quality time together, doing fun things, celebrating birthdays and other occasions.  It will show I wasn’t addicted to social media enough to be detrimental to them in any way, shape or form.

‘See?  I’ll say, a little smugly.  ‘We spent lots of time together doing things together as a family.  It’s all there on my blog/Facebook timeline/Twitter feed.’  Oh, the irony 😉

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16 thoughts on “Is Social Media Harmful to Your Health?”

  1. I loved this! Yes the irony. It is going to be fab to have this to look back on. And although it documents you doing all these things as a family, it also documents you having a life – social media and otherwise. Go girl! x

    1. Thank you. That’s true; that makes me feel a little better 😉 x

  2. Haha I could have wrote this. I too am getting addicted – I am sure I should be doing something else right now. What is it….Oh yeah ha. Feed the baby xxxx

    1. Ha! I find babies very rude in general though; they want feeding at the most inconvenient times, just when you’re right in the middle of social networking 😉 xxx

  3. I can’t relate to any of this because I am perfect (this may be a lie)

    I’m rarely on social media (this may also be a lie)

    I’ve never flooded the kitchen/bathroom while distracted by social media (this may be a lie)

    Therefor I don’t think social media is harmful.

    Great post!

    1. Thanks. I’m so glad you can, I mean can’t, relate to any of this 😉

  4. 😀 My 5 year old asks me to take photo’s “for Facebook” – I make myself feel better by saying it’s so his Grandma in Scotland can see them…honest…. 😀

    1. Ha, they latch on quickly, don’t they? Absolutely, you’re simply being a responsible daughter 😉

  5. Loving this post, I completely get where you are coming from. I have been blogging for a while but only recently taken to Twitter and it has practically taken over my life. Very funny and hope your kitchen was ok after the flood 🙂 #pocolo

    1. Thank you. It really does, doesn’t it? The tiles are lifting a bit but think I’ll just blame that on the children 😉 Thanks for your comments, much appreciated x

  6. hahaha, I found this post really funny, there really are a lot of pitfalls to social media these days, I also find it sometimes distracts me too much from the real world!

    1. Thank you, there are, aren’t there? I think we’re all just victims of the modern world, really 😉

  7. Oh I totally relate to this! I met a friend recently who I haven’t seen for several years. I knew nothing about her life but she could tell me things even I can’t remember about something that happened to me a few weeks ago. I’ve decided to stop “sharing” with real life people so that I have something to talk about when I see them!

    1. I think you might be onto something there; I find myself withholding things that have happened so I can blog about them too; to then be read by the same people I’ve just withheld them from 😉

  8. This is SO absolutely and utterly ME! I can associate with every word 🙂 Hope the kitchen is OK now! Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x

    1. I’m so relieved I’m not the only one! It is…give or take a few raised floor tiles. Oops. Thanks for hosting lovely xx

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