I hate and love my iPhone.
I love it because it is so easy to do things - I can tweet like a pro for both work and personal purposes (keeping everyone up-to-date on the process of my hair cut. You really needed to know, didn't you?). I can take and create amazing pictures on Instagram. I can keep in contact with friends on Facebook. I can check my yahoo and gmail accounts whenever I want and now I have access to my work email. I can even blog but rarely do because I can't type a whole post like that. I read books on it and check news. I listen to music and play Words with Friends.
And do you know what that means? I am also connected. When my alarm goes off at 6:40 a.m. (if Gizmo hasn't already summoned us yelling "Daaaaaaad! Moooooooom! Out!") I roll over, turn it off (on the phone) and start looking at Twitter. What's happened in the past 7 hours since I put my phone down? (One morning, I realized I could barely read my feed because my eyes still hadn't adjusted to being open.) Then I start tweeting for work purposes, sharing stories and breaking news. I spend my morning checking, checking, checking. I check it at red lights. I check it in meetings. I check it through the evening.
My husband says I need an intervention. I used to disagree, but really now, I want one.
I'm a news junkie and I'm nosy. I feel like to be part of Twitter in my personal life, I need to be there regularly to get in on the conversation but sometimes it is just so hard to keep up with it all. The last thing I need is something else to feel guilty about doing or not doing.
I don't want my kids to remember that I was always looking at my phone. But, it also how I stay connected. I can text Hillary or send her a Facebook message. It is how we see each other's kids since we live so far away. It's how I communicate with my sister since we don't always have time to talk on the phone at the same time. It's how I've met some awesome mothers across the country, with whom I have been able to share ups and downs. Plus blogging has been one way to keep record of the girls as they grow up.
But even I am feeling a overwhelmed trying to keep up with it all. I haven't been blogging as much. I don't check Facebook as much. Although I've traded both for new things - tweeting more for work and Instagram though neither take up as much time.
Hillary wrote about this earlier this year so I know I'm not the only one. How about you? Do you wonder if you are too connected?