I know I do.
Two years ago today I didn’t have a single social media app on my phone. Not because I didn’t use them, but because I was challenged to stay off social media for a month.
No one thought I could make it because I’m basically the social media queen, but I did complete the challenge.
That challenge taught me I’m literally addicted to my phone, and I worry too much about other people’s lives and what they think about mine. Since then, I’ve tried to stay off my phone as much as possible, but somehow in the past year, I’ve started using it even more than before. I know it’s partly because I started my blog, since promoting it on social media is obviously necessary, but it’s also because I’d been sucked further into the black hole.
I feel pressured to post on Instagram everyday, and like I need to watch everyone’s Snapchat and Instagram stories (ugh, so much effort).
I know I’m not the only one who’s addicted to their phone and social media either. My little sister will flip out if her phone isn’t within five feet of her, and if she’s showing me something on her phone she won’t even let me hold it. I have friends who endlessly scroll their Facebook all day staring at videos of cute animals and strongly opinionated statuses. I can tell more than just the people I know are addicted to their phone and its Twitter and Instagram apps, because when I go out to eat I swear that everyone is on their phones and not talking.
So I know I’m not the only one who needs a social media detox. (Yes, I’m currently giving you a look).
When was the last time you spent a day without even thinking about tapping that yellow ghost or blue bird?
A long time isn’t it?
Now, I’m not trying to get you off social media completely, not at all. I’m just trying to help you overcome your addiction while I battle mine as well. We’re in this together!
Here are the rules of my social media detox:
(Since I can’t really stop posting altogether like I did in my previous challenge, I’m going to be doing a modified version.)
- If I feel pressured to post something, then I’m just not going to post anything.
- Don’t post every day on Instagram like I have been the past few months.
- Don’t get on social media just because I’m bored. Especially while I’m eating and when I first wake up.
- Don’t watch stories every day
Basically, the rules are to only go on a social media app if I have a legit purpose to be on it. Things like promoting a new blog post, sharing something so great I can’t keep it to myself, to look up a picture, to find inspiration, or to social media stalk someone (don’t judge – I know you do it, too).
I love social media, I really do. But it’s a necessary evil and people need to understand that. Yes, it helps promote business and bring you closer to people across the world and gives you inspiration, but it also creates stress to curate the perfect pictures and tweets. Sometimes I don’t even realize how stressed out it makes me until I don’t use it for a day or more.
Basically, if you feel like your phone is a literal part of you, and you no longer want to be a cyborg, I recommend going on a social media detox with me.
It doesn’t have to be anything intense like a whole month without social media or even what I’m doing now, it could just be something simple like going a day without it or only letting yourself use social media for an hour or two a day. You could just make a goal to not watch any stories or to only look at the tweets that “happened while you were away” instead of going through your whole feed. There are so many different variations of social media detoxes that there is bound to be one that works for you.
You just have to put down your phone.