Social Media Detox: The End...Sort Of
When the clock struck midnight on May 6, I had reached the 30th day of the social media detox. I didn’t roll out of bed until nearly 8 a.m. that morning which is not uncommon. What had become common was slowly greeting the day with a cup of coffee and not checking my phone for notifications.
Not being on social media became my new normal. I didn’t think about it much or at all until I actually sat down to write in my journal. But I knew May 6 was the day. The end. The grand finale of an experiment that, at the beginning, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get through. Temptations can be, and often are, a bitch after all.
Now, 32 days later, I proved to myself that I not only could do it, but that I did. So what does this mean going forward?
If there’s one thing that’s certain it’s that my time on social media, especially Facebook, will be limited. When I returned on Tuesday morning, I had 68 notifications waiting to be read and zero interest in reading them. Life on social media went on without me, as it should. The notifications could wait another day or three.
I’d like to say I had some grand epiphanies or that life changed dramatically. While I am calmer and more focused, much of my daily life is still the same. I simply don’t have my phone attached to me at all times and I’m not checking notifications every five minutes.
That’s not to say there weren’t bad days or challenging moments. Some days, especially when bored or too tired to do much else besides stare at a screen, I wanted to throw in the proverbial towel. On occasion, stress and frustration put me in ‘fuck it’ mode. When that happened I’d put my phone in the bedroom for a few hours and find a movie to watch. Somehow I found it easier to avoid Facebook when using my laptop (the lockdown I added to my browser also helped) compared to mindlessly scrolling on my phone.
Would I recommend doing a social media detox of your own? Hell yea I would. The first week alone can be a real eye opener in many ways. For me, it was realizing I spent far too much time online and not enough on appreciating the world around me. By not posting every minute detail of my life to social media I have learned to pause, reflect, and enjoy life. Most of the time.
I’ll be sharing what I learned in next week’s posts. I’ve had a few not so wonderful nights of sleep recently so the writing has taken a sudden nosedive. Short and sweet posts, my friends. This gal needs her rest.
See you next week.