Five days ago I competed my social media detox.
I am now more intentional with what I post, who I interact with, and for how long.
I sign into Facebook, check MOMs’ club and Fulbright alumni group updates, do what I need to do and get the heck OFF Facebook. Same with Instagram: sign on, share what I need to share, and log out. No endless and mindless scrolling allowed.
I also lost the urge to constantly share my life.
Before the detox I felt persistant yearning to share pictures of my baby, my cats, my garden, my husband, my house, anything and everything... As if I was trying to prove to someone that I am living a worthy life. Since the detox, the yearning has passed.
I was surprised how dull social media really is.
Apart from updates from fellow moms, colleagues, and a few close friends, I honestly could care less about everything else. What I really need to do is to go through my friends list and delete anyone who is not critical in my life. But I don’t want to spend time doing it since it could take hours.
After day 5 of not being on social media I felt a general sense of calmness and, surprisingly, happiness.
The next step: Digital Detox
Statistics about screen addiction is simply depressing. Go ahead, have a read.
I am now considering doing a digital (not just social media) detox. That would mean no smartphone, iPad or laptop for a period of time. Regardless of the fact that I use my phone to read, meditate, shop, and as my alarm. May need to set some norms for myself. Get paper copies of books. Have a journal going. Get extra house cleaning supplies. Naturally, no email. Or Amazon. The only thing I can use my phonefor is call. And text? No, no texting either.
So, who wants to try it with me?