I’m just like you, which means that the internet is an inherent part of my lifestyle. With every year, it seems that more and more people are sending themselves holiday messages with more than the usual wishes of health and peace of mind (which they had no doubt copied from somewhere). In recent years, people started to wish each other ‘spending the festive period away from the computer and away from Facebook’, so that everybody can spend quality time with their families.
Christmas seems to put people in a unique state of mind
Families get together to spend time with each other, people reflect on their lives and get all nostalgic. Not me, though. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that Christmas isn’t special. It is, mostly because of the presents that Santa brings us. But how could one truly be happy with a family that they only manage to see once a year? I wouldn’t want a family like that.
Still, I understand Christmas is a unique period. I just don’t understand people trying to make it even more unique and deciding to stay away from Facebook, Instagram, blogs and the internet as a whole. That’s dumb. If Christmas is supposed to make us happy, why can’t we be happy while spending time with our family and glancing on our Facebook feed from time to time? What’s so bad about that? Why should the term ‘loved ones’ be reserved for family? You’re my loved ones, too! I wouldn’t be happy if we separated. And I wouldn’t feel more devoted to my family simply by putting my phone, iPad and laptop down.
There’s one more thing I don’t get. Why do people keep wishing themselves a peaceful, internetless Christmas, but they hardly ever wish themselves a Christmas without TV, radio and their mobile phone? Sure, that loud television isn’t bothering anyone…
My perfect Christmas? One where I don’t have to refrain from my everyday habits. You won’t bond with your family better by simply turning your devices off.