How To Stop Social Media Taking Over Your Life

cuirl caught up with author and influencer Katherine Ormerod for her top tips...

“It’s estimated that 2.77 billion of us will be using social media by the end of 2019.” It’s a problem we all face. cuirl caught up with Katherine Ormerod, writer, influencer and author of Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life to ask her what motivated her to highlight this epidemic and most importantly how she likes to get offline and get together with friends.

 

Have you had feedback from people who have been helped by the book?

“I have. In fact, over this year I’ve been re-assessing what success means to me, and I’ve come to the realisation that the accolades and validations which I was once desperate for don’t make me feel fulfilled in the way I thought they would. But messages from other women sharing their similar experiences or saying what I’ve written has changed, or helped their situation—that feel like something worthwhile.”

What was the motivation for writing ‘Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life’?

“I’d been working as an influencer and had felt really uncomfortable with the very specific version of my life that I was showcasing on social media. Because I was only sharing the photogenic sides of my experiences and only talking about the rewards, rather than the work that goes into any kind of achievement, I realised that that the example I was setting for women younger than me was totally unrealistic. That’s why I set up my website workworkwork.co to provide a space for women working in social media and aspirational careers to talk about the messier things going on behind the filters—and the book came from there.”

What are your tips for getting people off line and getting them together face to face?

“Suggesting a social engagement which has a content opportunity. I’m kind of kidding, but really sometimes you need to slightly dupe people into face-to-face meetings these days. I think that if you make repeated attempts to meet up with someone and they consistently rebuff your advances while continuing to engage online, you can presume they don’t want to be truly involved in your life, thus are only interested in a superficial, one note friendship. Which is fine, as long as you know what it is, but it’s not enough for me. I think it’s completely fair enough to remind someone if you haven’t seen each other face to face for a while and to suggest quality, phone-free time together.”

What is your favourite food for sharing with friends?

“Middle Eastern – it’s what I’d always choose to cook. Its naturally made for sharing, and the fragrant spices and delicious plant based options have always made it my absolute favourite.

What is your favourite part of arranging a gathering

“The moment that you know all the food tastes great and is ready to go and you’ve got time to put your dress and lipstick on and grab a glass of pre-party fizz.”

What do you usually take as a gift for the host of a party?

“Natural wine and salty dark chocolate. And maybe a beauty bag – one of the very nice perks of working in the lifestyle industry is a lot of free makeup, but you can’t wear it all, so it’s nice to share with your friends!”

What is your favourite cocktail to make for friends?

“My version of Soho House’s Picante de la casa [A combination of tequila, agave, coriander & chilli]. Killer, but so great.”

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