Why You Should Say Goodbye To Social Media On Vacation

Every Now And Then You Should Say Goodbye To Social Media, Especially On Vacation

It shouldn't play with your mind and desire to effectively enjoy your time off from the daily hullaballoo of life.

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Being active members of the 21st-century, we are automatically guilty of indulging in extensive use of smartphones and social media. But, we need to be more aware of the fact that there is a life outside of smartphones and social media. Unfortunately, the existence of smartphones and social media have made face-to-face conversations and the little joys of everyday life are nothing more than just a simple thought bubble. Even when you are out on vacation and doing things that you absolutely love, the constant thought of checking your Facebook, Instagram, etc. will bewilder you from enjoying the little things in life that actually count.

At the end of the day, you will begin to realize that the significant time spent viewing other people's Facebook statuses, Insta stories, or anything about others, in general, will reduce your chances of creating meaningful moments in your life. After all, it is only in your hands to live the life that you want and to make exceptional use of your time! In fact, not going on social media for a huge chunk of my time during vacation is one of my New Year's resolutions and it should be yours too if you are a teeny-bit guilty of it too.

Moreover, a vacation is the deluxe getaway from the everyday conundrums and perplexities of work, school, and routine activities. It is an outstanding opportunity to explore new things and to experience the wonders of life with family and friends. It shouldn't be the time to constantly be on your phones and on the lookout of the pics and statuses of others. A vacation is truly your chance to shine and it shouldn't be spent browsing through your Facebook or Instagram non-stop.

A temporary farewell to social media will further revitalize your experience and encourage you to live in the moment more. Apparently, a person's ability to live in the moment is constantly inhibited by their OCD-like tendency to check their phones chronically. This. Needs. To. Stop. This type of behavior is actually doing more harm than good in the lives of many people who deserve to be completely happy. Honestly, we aren't fully immersed during vacation if we are already preoccupied with our phones. Modern technology is a boon to our developed and constantly developing world but it shouldn't be exploited as a weapon that can steal the precious moments of life.

Therefore, the use of social media should be limited during vacation if you want to wholeheartedly engage in exciting adventures. It shouldn't play with your mind and desire to effectively enjoy your time off from the daily hullaballoo of life. Thus, don't forget to say sayonara to social media especially when you are on vacation!

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12 Struggles Only Portuguese Girls Can Relate To

It's like "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" but Portuguese edition.
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As mentioned before in my "8 Ways You Know You're Portuguese" article, I'm 100% European Portuguese. Which means that if you're reading this, you're probably somehow related to me (see #5). You know these 12 things to be true if you grew up in a Portuguese household:

1. You're pressured to marry a Pork Chop.

A Pork Chop is a Portuguese person. The older generation feels that this term is derogatory, but Portuguese Americans self identify as 'Pork Chops.' Some families will probably disown you if you don't marry a Portuguese guy, but I lucked out and my family is pretty open minded. Let me put it this way, if you're not married by the time you're 28, your grandma and your mother are going to take you to the Portuguese club to find a nice Pork Chop to settle down with. You may not be forced into a Portuguese marriage, but it's highly preferred that you marry within the culture.

2. You're always too fat, even if you're skinny.

Portuguese people are a feminist's worst nightmare. They will body shame the hell out of you and feel no remorse. You could lose 20 pounds and look/feel amazing and a Portuguese person will still say "well, you could stand to lose a few more pounds."

3. You must remember your Portuguese classes that you took when you were five years old.

It is a crime against humanity to a Portuguese person if you don't at least understand the language. If you can speak it, read it, and understand it, you've automatically earned yourself the "golden child" title. Every time I move to a different state, my Grandma's only warning is "don't forget your Portuguese," because someone's got to carry on the culture.

4. Am I white? Mixed? Hispanic? Unclear.

I grew up thinking I was some kind of Latina just because the Portuguese language is so similar to Spanish. You probably feel comfortable in Hispanic communities because of your Portuguese background. I eventually realized that I'm white, but I still get told that I look racially ambiguous. Whenever someone asks what nationality I am, I give them three guesses. It's rare that people ever guess Portuguese, but upon finding out that I am, I suddenly become "exotic."

5. You have 55 first cousins.

This is not an exaggeration. My dad actually has 50 first cousins. I have 13, but I have way more cousins in Portugal that I've either never met, or I've met them, but wouldn't be able to pick them out of a line up. If you go to Portugal and visit all of your relatives, the faces and names start to blur together and it's safe to call every man "Joao" and every woman "Maria" or "Ana Maria" and they'll be delighted that you remembered their names.

6. You have to make sure you don't marry your own cousin.

Portugal is such a small country that if you meet a fellow Pork Chop in America, chances are, you're somehow related or your families are friends. I suggest drawing an extensive family tree before shacking up with a Pork Chop.

7. Somebody is always praying for you.

Portuguese people are devoutly Catholic, so it doesn't matter if you're temporarily down on your luck or a self made millionaire, you have a tia (an aunt) that you probably only see when someone in the family passes away, who prays on the rosary every night for you.

8. You must have a name that can be pronounced in Portuguese.

There are two criteria for naming a Portuguese baby: is it the name of a saint, and can it be pronounced in Portuguese? If your uncle twice removed that you see every six years when you go to Portugal can't say your baby's name, you need to pick a new one. Names like "Riley" and "Jackson" won't get Grandma's approval.

9. You're considered adventurous if you move out of your parents house before you're married.

It's rare that Portuguese women don't live with their mothers until they find a spouse, and even once they do get married, it's not uncommon for their mother to move in with her daughter and her (hopefully Portuguese) husband.

10. You've been given something with Our Lady of Fatima on it.

Fatima is Portugal's claim to fame. It's the city in Portugal where three kids claimed they saw the Virgin Mary in 1917 and it's now a popular, religious tourist destination. Your grandma has probably given you something with the Blessed Mary on it to put in your car or in your bedroom so that you stay '#blessed' all the time.

11. You're not allowed to be a vegetarian.

Portuguese people are fishermen and their specialty is codfish, so it's nearly impossible to maintain a vegetarian diet in a Portuguese household. You can be pescatarian though!

12. You have to warn people before you introduce them to your family.

Have you ever seen "My Big Fat Greek Wedding?" That's what it's like to bring a non-Portuguese boyfriend to a Portuguese family gathering. Good luck.

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It's Time To Delete Cyberbullying

Let's use the internet the right way.

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It's 2019 and we all know how big of an impact the internet and social media has in today's world. These days, young kids are given some kind of smartphone or smart device. I've seen 5-year-olds out here with iPads or tablets.

Technology and social media are great things, but only when they're used properly. the keyword being PROPERLY. When it's given to someone with poor intentions, things can go south very quickly. This is where cyberbullying comes in.

At some point in our lives, most of us have been cyberbullied in some shape or form. Unfortunately, it's so easy to be cyberbullied these days because everyone has access to the internet and the ability to hide behind their computer screen. It can also go completely unnoticed.

Being a victim of cyberbullying, I know what it's like to see things about you that aren't true, but there's just nothing you can do about it.

Cyberbullying is one of those things that sticks with you for a long time and always kind of sits in the back of your mind. One of the worst things about it is that there are so many ways for people to do it from literally anywhere in the world. Honestly, I think this is why people seem to be so drawn to it because it is so much easier to get away with it. They're posting from their own account so there's no way to get them to stop or take down whatever they're posting.

There have been some legal changes over the years to help prevent it from happening, but it definitely hasn't stopped people from doing it.

The part that I don't understand is why people even do it. What do you get from hiding behind a social media account, harassing someone else? Does it make you feel better to tear down other people? I just truly don't understand why people intentionally hurt other people.

If I'm being honest, cyberbullying is just something that cowards participate in.

Nothing about sitting behind a screen tormenting someone for no reason shows any ounce of strength or courage. Posting stupid and unnecessary things online about someone else is just rude, uncalled for, and only make YOU look ridiculous.

The end results of cyberbullying are very bleak. For some of us, our hearts just hurt for a little whole, and it can just negatively affect you for a while. Sadly, for others, it's the last thing they'll ever think.

The bullies don't think about these kinds of things when they're terrorizing other people online. They don't think about the consequences. They don't think about the weight some people will carry because they were cyberbullied. They don't think about the horrible things people might do to themselves to deal with that pain.

As a society, everyone is consumed with themselves 9 times out of 10 so everyone only thinks about themselves and what will benefit them. No one thinks about all of the consequences of their actions.

It really all comes down to a personal decision. A decision to stoop low enough to hurt someone from behind a screen or be the bigger person and stop spreading rumors.

Bullying in ANY form is unnecessary and will NEVER be okay. It is time that we do something about it and become better, stronger people.

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