Hey everyone! How are you doing? I hope you’re good. Today I wanted to have a chat about my recent social media detox. Back in January I did another, which I talked about here. However, I had a rather different experience the second time round.
Starting on the 7th of October until the 31st, I did not use Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook or YouTube. I also only used Goodreads to track my own reading and Pinterest to find some photos. That’s it.
(I don’t have Snapchat or any other social media that I haven’t mentioned.)
Just as last time, it became clear how much time I was actually spending on social media.
I had A LOT of cravings for my phone, alarmingly so. However, I didn’t have cravings for social media. I just needed to be busy with something. To stop myself from scrolling on Twitter or Instagram just to do something, I read books on my phone or bloghopped. I could let myself do these things, because they’re part of things that I find important, namely reading and blogging.
I did crave YouTube. I know it’s not social media technically, but I included it as it’s one of the sites I spend a lot of time on. I noticed how much I missed it. It’s a place of entertainment AND learning for me. At times, I would want to learn about a topic through video, but I couldn’t as YouTube was off-limits.
I became a lot more creative in January during my first social media detox, but that wasn’t the case this time. My life was a lot busier in general and I was often too tired to be even more creative than I usually am. It was a shame. I usually spent my nights watching series. Still fun and just what I needed, but not very creative.
I will not stop using social media. It’s still a way to connect to people that I don’t want to get rid of. However, I noticed that in the past month, I didn’t miss Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook or even Twitter. I will not delete my accounts, but I will limit the time I spend on the sites. The platform I will still frequently use is YouTube. Goodreads will mostly be about tracking my reading. Lastly, I’ll stop myself from endlessly scrolling on Pinterest.
Overall, I think doing a social media detox is great. It helps you to evaluate how you are spending your time. I would highly recommend doing it!
That’s all! I hope you found this interesting. Thanks for reading! See you next time!
Lots of love,
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