So I decided to do a social media detox for a week. It’s so scary how much we consume and don’t even realise the impact it has on us. I decided to delete all my social media apps and here’s why…
Why I deleted all my social media
- It was causing me to procrastinate
- I was consuming so much negativity
- I kept comparing myself to others
- It was taking up too much of my time
- Got involved in things that weren’t my business
- I was disconnected from reality
- So I could cut out the things that had a bad impact on me emotionally
As I mentioned in my previous post there’s a lot going on in the wonderful world of social media and whether we like it or not, I truly believe it is only going to get worse. So many people are doing things in order to please people they don’t even know. People are doing things in order to gain likes? Comments? Popularity? Attention? I’m Baffled.
I wanted to constantly post pictures on Instagram because I was scared people would unfollow me. I wanted to constantly post pictures for people to see how well I dressed in clothes that I bought and returned. It’s overwhelming trying to constantly keep up with the joneses. The changing of trends, Hairstyles, Brands, Shoes Clothes, Makeup etc…Just to fit in. I know there’s people out there that may see this as minor but this is about me. I. Felt. So. Fake. Since I was about 12 I knew I wanted to inspire others. How can one inspire when they’re living a life that isn’t legit.
What I got up to
So day 1 was probably the best day. I made a plan of things I was going to do and as expected I competed everything. I got so much done within that first day I couldn’t believe it. By around day 3 I think I very quickly checked my Instagram but it was strictly for researching purposes, same goes for Facebook. By day 4 I got used to the fact of not picking up my phone and checking things for no reason. I couldn’t believe how much time I had on my hands and to be honest sometimes I didn’t even know what to do. I wish I had blogged 7 days straight but I really wasn’t in the mood to blog.
By day 7 I couldn’t wait to get all my social media apps again. I had been waiting to have a little browse and would find myself fighting the urge sometimes. By the time all my apps downloaded again I felt stuck. I didn’t know what the excitement was about because it instantly went. I didn’t even know what to search for nor did I care.
I barely pick up my phone now and leave it on silent. There’s so much I need to do that social media distracted me from. With the screen time update on Iphone I’m able to see how much time I spend on social media. I used to spend between 6 to 8 hours on Social Networking. Shameful, I know. Today its just over 2 hours. My goal would to get it to just an hour a day so we’ll see how that plays out.
How do I feel after my detox?
- A lot less depressed
- More productive
- Less Stressed
- Less Anxiety
- I’ve been able to spend more time with myself
- More sleep 🙂
- I have a much clearer mind
For those of you that are planning on doing a social media detox, I would say go for it 100%. I will definitely be doing these more often and would love to take a small trip somewhere and do the same. You know, Just living in the moment. I wont lie it wasn’t easy and I didn’t completely go cold turkey but once you’re able to cut down. It’s all worth it in the end.