Don’t Let Social Media Ruin Your Vacation
PHOTO: Using social media on the road. (Photo courtesy Thinkstock)
What is the difference between creating our life and curating it? That is the question that Amelia Langford is asking in an article on using social media on vacation posted on the Huffington Post.
“I’m standing at the top of a mountain overlooking a village in rural Japan. I can see little houses, a river, trees, and an old man working in his garden. But wait, there’s something missing from this scene. I take out my phone and take a photo. No, that won’t do. I take 10 more. Then I Instagram, Facebook, Tweet and Snapchat,” writes Langford, who then goes on to obsessively check her likes on her various accounts.
Langford goes on to say that while that’s an exaggeration, it may not be for some people who are missing out on experiencing the places they are visiting because they are too busy sharing the experience.
“I recently watched a woman film herself with a selfie-stick as she walked around the ruins of an ancient fort in Sans Sebastian, Spain. The place was dripping in history and the view was spectacular. But she wasn’t looking at the turquoise ocean or the old terracotta-tiled houses below – she was looking at her camera. I, in turn, took a video of her and put it on my Instagram,” she writes before asking “What are we missing by viewing life through a social media lens?”
Langford readily admits that she is part of the “problem,” but she notes that documenting her experiences on social media gives here a sense of purpose.
“Without recording my experience, I feel my holiday is less meaningful. That feeling is probably heightened by being a journalist but I don’t think I’m alone. Social media ‘platforms’ are beginning to shape our travel plans. I Instagram, therefore I am,” she writes.
There is definitely a balance that needs to be achieved and, while we may still be finding out how to strike that balance, just knowing it’s there is a step in the right direction in preventing social media from totally taking over your vacation.
“We want to remember the good parts of travelling and social media helps us do that. But let’s not forget that’s only one aspect of travel,” says Langford.
Read on to hear more about her experiences using social media while traveling here.
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