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!