What I Learned: Week Off of Social Media

A week ago today, I impulsively decided that I was going to stay off social media for the week and I proceeded to delete all the apps off my phone. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a while and here is what I learned.

  • I turn to social media to delay or procrastinate doing important things.
  • I can go a week without it and not feel (completely) lost.
  • Similarly, I am not dependent on it to help me to feel connected to my community.
  • I have more meaningful conversations when I am with others because I don’t have something to turn to if there is a lull in the conversation.
  • I didn’t miss it all that much.
  • There are good things about social media, such as the ability to connect with other people and the ability to express your thoughts and ideas in a public space.
  • I have memorized where my social media apps are in my phone.
  • I look at them more often during the day than I originally thought.
  • I get out of bed a lot quicker when I don’t have social media to mindlessly scroll through.
  • I fall asleep quicker without it, too.
  • I wanted to share with the world all the funny moments and the exciting things that happened this past week.
  • Even if I don’t share these things with the world, they are still as funny and exciting to me.

Taking a week off of social media didn’t make me the most productive, confident, self-assured and content person ever. I think a lot of people assume that taking time off of social media will drastically change your mindset and your habits, but that is not true. I still got distracted, I still compared myself to others, I still turned to my phone for entertainment, but these things were all at a lesser scale. 

I encourage you to challenge yourself by taking a day or a week or a month off of social media to see what you learn about yourself, your habits and how you spend or waste your time!



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