One Week Off Of Social Media | Life
Two weeks ago I decided to challenge myself to get rid of one of my favorite pastimes, aka social media. Any person knows that social media is time consuming and how bad it can be when you get carried away.
Before the week of my social media detox I was noticing that my days were off. I wasn’t being as productive as usual and that I my attention span was little to none. Overall things weren’t getting done and I needed to get my life together. Usually when I’m feeling off I tend to get rid of something, either forever or for a little while. This time it was social media for a week. Yes, a week. I know it may seem like a short amount of time, but that one week made all the difference.
When I first gave myself the challenge I thought to myself, “this finna be a breeze”, but as the first day went on I found myself constantly picking up my phone ready to click those Instagram or Snapchat icons. That first day I realized that it’s going to take more will power than I thought.
At first, I felt like I was missing out on a lot. I was missing out on new content from my favorite content creators and Black Twitter was switching out memes and gifs almost every week. When I left we were on the mannequin with the wig cap and by the time I came back we were on Spongebob and this woman (who is a great depiction of how I felt without social media the first day):
Outside of the memes and videos that had me dying laughing late at night, I used my social media for daily inspiration and sometimes news.
For some people social media can seem toxic. Even when you personalize your accounts to follow only positive people/accounts the negativity still pops on your timelines and feeds. Some of my favorite accounts to go for my daily dose of inspiration are xoNecole, Aley Arion, Alex Elle, Paulo Coelho and many others. Going on my accounts to catch up on tea, have a good laugh, and be inspired became routine for me and I quickly had to start a new one.
Because I wasn’t wasting time scrolling through my timelines and feeds it forced me to allocate the time I put towards social media to other areas of my life. In that week alone I was able to:
1. Finish 3 books
2. Get my homework and other work done ahead of time
3. Read my Bible first thing when I woke up
4. Get out my bed earlier
5. Write more
6. Concentrate in my classes better, well… some
I was able to do much more, but these are just a few of the things that stuck out to me.
It’s crazy because I always make the excuse that I don’t have enough time for this, that and all of the above when all I have to do is cut out the things that are taking away that time. And although I did realize how much time I would waste on social media, I just chose to ignore it, I actually realized how much time I was actually wasting (if that makes sense). It’s one of those things that once you actually take time to do something about it your just like “well damn, maybe I should’ve done this earlier.”
Fast-forward to two weeks later, I’m more cognizant of the time I spend scrolling through my social media. I pay more attention to the content I spend entertaining and I spend less time on all platforms. My goal is to do this detox at lease once a month. I’m not saying social media is the root to all my unproductive moods, but it does play a part.
Is social media something that takes up your time? Would you consider taking a few days or a week(s) away from them?