I have returned after a bit of a cleanse from all things social media. It became apparent that I needed some time for reflection and a vacation from my news feed and in some ways even this blog.
Lately, this cleansing of sorts, seems to be more of a regular requirement in my life. Why? I’m really not sure. Maybe the amount of time that is sucked away to the consumption of useless information, or the obscene lists of notifications that flood my inbox, or the choice I make to scroll through the lives of other’s when I could be maximizing my own time. The struggle is real and it is entirely a pathetic one.
So, to feel less pathetic, I stepped away for a bit. Forty plus days or so, without any interaction on social media (although, I did have to answer a couple of questions on the Book from an inquirer that I did indulge but just once and maybe to check on a particular service I was looking into (reviews people) but that would be the jist of it! 🙂 )
All of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Snapchat were avoided. All of those devoted apps were dissolved from my device and never to be installed again for a month and a half (and some never will be). If I didn’t remove them from my phone this would not work….I would look just out of habit!
At first, you go through a bit of withdrawal…not kidding. You feel as if every moment that involves nothing needs something and those are the moments we go to our devices. So, in those moments I had to learn to be okay with having nothing to do or better yet find ways to fill those quiet lulls with constructive activities.
I truly think people just can’t be in their own thoughts anymore. Boredom ensues fear nowadays.
What is so bad about being in our own heads…our own lives, essentially? This is what matters, our lives, our thoughts, our goods, our bads, our empty moments, our full ones….
Not the hand-picked reel that others lay out for us to see in their storylines. Social Media has become such a detached way of communicating for me lately. Nothing feels organic or sincere. I miss the days where learning about someone’s life was gained through conversation and one on one connection.
Or maybe, these are things I need to work on in myself. This disclosure is why I have an incessant need to break away from today’s ever popular ways of connecting and find comfort in the authentic happenings that arise everyday.
I love stepping back from the mindless scroll and actually get some shit done!
And that’s what I have attempted to do….get shit done, think outside of the box, enjoy the quiet moments and savor the time I share with my family. Without a phone attached to my hand.
It’s really nice. You should try it!
I actually felt less anxious…believe it or not. Today’s technology has definitely increased the anxiety people live with. It’s really in recent years that people complain about having to deal with the annoyance that is anxiety. In some cases, it can be crippling.
The reality is…everybody. is. anxious. Who could blame them!
We live on autopilot, constantly moving, taking in way too much information at a supersonic pace. We can’t just be in the moment anymore. We are just always waiting for the next thing.
Well, I don’t want to live like that any longer. What this whole experiment has taught me is that I want to be in the moment. Exhaust the beauty in the small things and all the details. I want to live slower and relish in my relationships with people.
I wish to be more creative and allow boredom to lead me on a path to better ideas. Being in my own thoughts is okay and one I feel compelled to engage in.
Just this past Monday I returned to Instagram…just a single post of a beautiful rose from a bouquet my husband gave me. Just to say I had returned.
Taking a moment to enjoy that flower means something to me. As it should.
I don’t feel I will be engaging as frequently as I found myself doing a couple of months ago.
And as for what apps I will be re-installing onto my phone…it won’t be all of them…that is for sure. Instagram (my main chick), Snapchat (my side chick) and Pinterest (my every now again girl 🙂 ) should suffice. These are my faves at this point and all I really need in this world of connecting.
All other sites will be an occasional visit from my PC when it suits me….or not…
Take care lovelies!
Have you had a recent detox from Social Media? If so, I would love to hear about it.