As I write this I am on my seventh day without any social media either on my phone or laptop. It all started when I watched a video on YouTube by one of the guys from Yes Theory. In that video, Thomas Brag talked about how he was spending upwards of four plus hours on his phone each day. It got me thinking: How much time each day was I spending on my phone?
It wasn’t pretty. My average each day was around 6 to 6.5 hours or 42-43 hours a week. Facebook, Instagram, and one of my games dominated my time. I didn’t have specifics for how much I used social media while using my laptop, but I knew that that was just as bad if not worse.
Following the video I sat back and thought about how my anxiety had been in overdrive. The physical and emotional effects were weighing me down. Fatigue, nausea, anger, irritability, restlessness, loss of appetite, lack of interest in doing the things I loved. I was a mess.
It was then I knew I had to take a long overdue break. At first I was going to simply stay off social media on my phone. Time spent would be limited to a few minutes here and there on my laptop.
When I hopped on later that evening to check a few things, I noticed a comment from a dear friend. I didn’t get a chance to respond right away so I decided to send her a text the following morning. In the texts she challenged me to go off of Facebook entirely for a full 30 days saying it would quite likely be beneficial.
I accepted the challenge and decided to avoid all social media on my laptop instead of just Facebook. If I was going to do this challenge I was going to go hardcore. Half-assing it with only one app (the most troublesome one I might add) seemed like I wasn’t trying hard enough to completely detox.
And now, here I am seven days in and already feeling a bit better. I’ve added daily meditation to my routine and am slowly incorporating yoga. I’m also journaling daily, writing upwards of three pages a day, something I struggled to do for months, if not years.
These past seven days my time has been spent with the aforementioned meditation and journaling along with watching videos on YouTube that are allowing me to learn and explore minimalism. More on that in another post.
On a side note, I must say it feels damn good to be able to write again. One of the benefits I have noticed so far is that writing is coming a bit more easily to me. As such, I will be writing and sharing what I am learning, gaining, or doing throughout my social media detox.
New posts will be added once or twice a week. However, I will not be opening up comments on each post. If you know my email or phone number, feel free to reach me. Otherwise, I will be returning to social media on or after May 8 and doing so within reason.
Take care my friends. If you’re up to it, I challenge you to delete social media from your phone. Can you do it?