WHY I QUIT SOCIAL MEDIA FOR A WEEK & WHAT I LEARNT
I have officially deleted the apps from my phone apart from Facebook messenger and WhatsApp which is how most my friends like to contact me. That’s right; Instagram has completely gone from my phone.
My first thought was "I’m going to lose all my Instagram followers"- that sounds ridiculous to me too, don't worry. I was losing followers anyway, that’s just the nature of Instagram.
If I am consuming my thoughts with that for goodness knows how many times a day, then what would it be like if my mind was free from all things social media?
I have got really tired of just scrolling on social media for no reason and I just made the impulse decision to just delete every social media app off my phone.
Nothing mentioned to anyone, I have just allowed it to disappear off my phone. Already, I feel such a relief from it, I will keep writing blog posts but I don’t class a blog as social media. I just want to rely less on the number of followers I have and just concentrate on producing content that I love.
I read an article the other day that really hit a nerve with me and how we spend so much time on our phones and so I wanted to see if I could quit it for a week.. I have tried the odd weekend detox here and there when I feel overwhelmed by social media but never reached a week. That’s why I want to declare it to the world, that’s how I will keep to this challenge.
I feel a little bit lost without a need to check my phone because I know nothing will be on it. That’s why I have come to typing out this blog post to keep my hands busy!
I wanted some more space for creativity to flow. I have been having “blogging block” lately and I want to get out of this rutt I am in. I think that social media has been consuming too much of my life at the moment- I blame those memes that people keep tagging me in.
When I have given myself a break from social media before, I have noticed the change in my creativity level. Without mindlessly scrolling through your newsfeed all the time, it leaves your brain open to finding something else to think about.
It is also very important to me to live in the moment and just take things as they are, rather than constantly living through a phone screen. These experiences are what make your life interesting; I will never regret spending more time with family and friends.
Comparing your life to others is also a massive part of the reason I decided to quit social media, everyone puts their best self on social media and of course, I understand that, but sometimes when you see people travelling, getting married, having babies, it can put pressure on how your living your life.
I am perfectly happy with how my life is right now, I have chosen it for that reason so I need to stop comparing myself and my life to others.
I noticed my mood improve straight away which was really strange (although I still get hangry), I wasn’t feeling like I was comparing myself to other people and had more time to focus on what I wanted to do with my life.
I even had a chance to bond with the mail man. I was sat in the garden belting out ‘You’re the one that I want’ from Grease (as you do). I didn’t hear the doorbell ring because I was too engrossed in my amazing singing talent, and he came round the garden singing an Elvis Presley song. What a hero.
I have had a new found motivation to try and get on top of some subject knowledge to improve my teaching because I needed to find some other things to do that didn’t involve scrolling.
I have started to enjoy reading again too, with the completion of the ‘Potion Diaries’ book that I was meaning to finish ages ago and now I have started ‘To All The Boys I Loved Before’.
It was also great to be “in the moment” rather than constantly looking at your phone (probably to take a million photos) when we went for a lovely dog walk.
I also did have moments where I did feel lost without scrolling my phone, I was worried that I was missing out on events that people create on Facebook but I just reached out to people to hang out with them instead. I have the next 3 weekends booked up already so we really don’t need social media to plan this.
It is weird to not have anything to scroll when you’re waiting for someone to come back or needing to kill time for 5 minutes. I had to just be comfortable in the environment that I was in, some people watching and over-hearing other people’s conversations have become my new fill in activities!
I have also had time to look at my blog in an analytical way and see what I don’t like about it, and I have actually managed to pinpoint exactly what I think I need to improve on, and that is photography. I didn’t have a clue why I didn’t love my blog until now! Amazing how much thinking space I have in my brain now social media has left it.
END OF THE WEEK SUMMARY,
I have missed Instagram so much; the other social media’s not so much. I used to keep up to date with bloggers on Instagram so it is weird not being able to see new updates from them. However, Bloglovin has been my new go-to app to see updates from all my fave bloggers.
I have seen a huge increase in productivity this week. I have used my phone time to learn more about photography and making some changes to my blog. I have really enjoyed updating my knowledge about Squarespace. Even though I have been using it for nearly 2 years now, I always believe there are new things to learn. I haven’t gotten grips to coding yet though, although with Squarespace you don’t really need it. I think that I have created a website that I love now! Thanks, Google and Canva!
so how am I acting on this you ask?
1) I’m gunna continue to not be on social media 24/7 by reducing the amount of time I spend on the apps (keep them deleted off my phone and schedule my content so I don’t need to get into the long scroll process).
2) I’ve completely deleted snapchat (the account is gone) no more dog filters for me!
3) I keep track on how long I’ve been on my phone for and yet to keep it to 2-3 hours a day. I ideally wanna get it down to one hour but it’s gunna take time!
4) Finally, I want to make sure I only go on social media for a purpose- whether it’s to post something, engage with my followers or dm someone, then as soon as those tasks are complete I can put down my phone and return to what I was doing previously.