To say 2020 has been a hard year feels like a woeful understatement. Being forced to spend so much time alone has had deeply affected many Americans, but it may also provide an opportunity to reexamine our relationship with social media.
Paul Konrad, the charismatic WGN weather anchor with over 38 thousand followers on twitter has decided to live the rest of his year offline.
Oh Nov. 22, the Chicago morning meteorologist posted to all of his social media platforms in tandem saying “I am taking the rest of the year off of social media. See you in 2021.”
While Konrad’s twitter post didn’t offer any explanation, he was a little more forthcoming on Instagram, writing: “I have been growing in my conviction that social media is taking me away from things that are really important to me. It distracts me and doesn’t help me be my best. So, I am going to take the rest of the year off. See you in 2021.”
Konrad’s decision to log off is in part because of how the platforms have impacted his children. “I have teenage kids and they wrestle with spending too much time on it,” he said.
He continued “I see the power it has over them and how much time it takes away from me being present with them. I felt like it was a waste of precious time. So, I asked my 16-year-old daughter if she wanted to give it up for the rest of the year along with me and she said yes. I can’t ask them to do something that I am not willing to do. So, we are doing it together. I could not be more excited and thankful.”