Taking a Break from Social Media

Social Media Break

When was the last time you checked your Twitter or Facebook feeds? I used to spend hours and hours on social media every day. I checked my Instagram over breakfast. Then I was answering Facebook messages before I got into the office. Think of all the time being wasted when aimlessly scrolling like that. With group messages and a constantly changing newsfeed, all of my attention was getting taken up. My work, my kids, and even my relationship with my husband was starting to suffer. Recently with the Facebook scandal, I decided it was a good time to take a break from social media.  

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The main social media apps

I realized I was too dependent on the likes and validation that I was getting from my social networks. Driving in my car without hearing notifications from Facebook and Twitter would be a relief. I knew this would be difficult but it was definitely worth doing. Even without spying on my friends text messages. Then I let my friends know that I was taking a break so they won’t worry about me. They would have noticed if I stopped logging in, since I’m always online. 

Taking the Week off

My plan was to give up social media for one week. Just one week. I figured that was reasonable, a month would be too much. But it was much harder than I thought. I had to delete all the social network apps off my phone and tablet. Otherwise I would want to look at them. So, I started my social media free week on a Monday morning. I was reaching for my phone after about 15 minutes. Good start to the week..

I wouldn’t allow myself to give in. Even though I felt disconnected and anxious at first, I worked through it. Once I was home, I didn’t know what to do with all this free time. I tried reading a book but couldn’t concentrate. I was used to being constantly connected to my friends. Then I made the decision to call a friend and we had about a 30 minute call. It was so nice to talk to another person on the phone instead of texting them. 

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The social media apps on an iPhone

Stress Free Days

Over the course of the week my anxiety went away. Focusing on myself instead of my phone felt amazing. I started using all that extra time to go for walks through the neighborhood. I cooked meals for my family and took naps. I picked up old hobbies I haven’t done in a long time. After the week was over, I felt relieved not having to check my phone constantly. These social networking apps seem to add more stress to a persons life. 

I have added my social media apps back to my phone, but I only check them at night. Some days I don’t check them at all. More and more my friends are calling me on the phone to talk or make plans. Life without social media is better than I thought it would be. I don’t want to go back to that type of dependency on my phone. Speaking of the internet, check out my last post Mother’s Day and the internet.