How My 30 Day Social Media Detox Taught Me to Expect The Unexpected
January 31, 2020
How to survive without social media for one month? Go on a social detox. Why you need to get off your smartphone?
These are all things spewing at us from all over our news feed. It’s a good idea in theory but do we actually have the balls to do it.
I did. This is an experiment I took on a couple years ago in February 2018. I took the plunge and closed down all my social media for a month. What resulted from this test is I got rid of all my social media except one account over the last couple years.
Yes, it is possible to survive without having a social media account. When I am on social media too much my anxiety level spike. There’s the growing case of FOMO and seeing news I didn’t necessarily choose to see.
This February is no different. I’m taking a break from social media again. Except this time, I only have one Instagram account to take off my phone for the next 29 days. It’s funny to think how reliant we are on social media that we need breaks from it in order to regroup.
By not having social media I don’t know as much as I used to about people’s lives. And that’s okay because it allows for IRL conversations instead of seeing their Instastories, reading their feed on Facebook or following their rant on Twitter.
Instead I get to enjoy their in person reaction and feel their emotions when they are speaking to me.
While I do like to have a friends and family Instagram account, I still get on it several times a day. Although there are less people to “check on”, my usage is still higher than I like.
It’s time to take a break for the next month. I’m curious to see what happens when I dive into this world of no social media again. The last couple years, I’ve taken stock of what is truly necessary to keep and what accounts I can delete permanently.
The funny thing is I only have one account to possibly get rid of, so instead I might gain some perspective about new ideas to be cultivated into something huge.
Maybe it’s a case of stepping out of my comfort zone a little bit more and truly playing big.
Have you ever done a social media detox?