I have decided to take a month-long break of all social media. Starting January 1, I will be deleting Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Youtube from my phone.
This idea has been a pressing one, in the back of my mind for the last month or so. What has stopped me from doing it has been this blog. How would I promote and let readers know that I have posted something new without all my social media accounts? I thought that by letting go of social media, I would have to abandon this blog, which I am not ready to do. I get a lot of joy out of creating these posts and it keeps me writing regularly.
However, I have decided to take a break or a detox as I am calling it, for just one month. In that time I will still be creating posts, but I won’t be sharing them until February when my detox is over.
This social media detox idea came to me, after I noticed an increase in discontentment within myself, that I couldn’t figure out the source of. I practiced gratitude, listing the things in my life that I am grateful for such as my boyfriend, my family, my apartment, my job, my healthy body…But still, this discontentment kept slipping in.
It was then that I noticed the correlation between my unhappiness and my attachment to social media. While scrolling through Instagram, I see what other people have. The things they possess, the beautiful locations they live in, the amazing photos they take, their clothes, their bodies…and I couldn’t help but compare my life to the image I was seeing. Naturally, I felt I fell short while making this contrast.
Comparison is the death of happiness.
If I had put my phone down and looked around me, I could have found just as much beauty and happiness in my own little life.
AND on top of that, we all know that the majority of what you are scrolling through is absolute bullshit.
Between photoshop and other editing apps, people can alter their bodies and the overall tone of their photos with a few simple clicks. So I’m wasting my time, comparing myself to a woman WHO DOESN’T EVEN LOOK LIKE THAT.
Yeah, I’m not doing that anymore.
I am getting rid of these distractions (because let’s face it, that is ALL social media is) and am spending my down time doing proactive, soul enriching activities. For me, that is reading and writing. There are a few writing projects that I have been putting off that I am fully committing to finishing or at least, STARTING.
On top of that, this detox will allow me to notice how addicted to my phone I am. I want to be able to fully enjoy a movie, without checking my phone while watching it. I want to be able to wait in line at a store and just be, not clawing at my pockets to get my phone and scroll though Instagram so I have something to do with my hands. I want to be fully engaged in moments, instead of thinking about how I can capture them to show other people.
(Also, side note, NO ONE REALLY CARES ABOUT MY LIFE ENOUGH FOR ME TO STOP MY OWN ENJOYMENT IN ORDER TO HAVE PROOF THAT I AM ENJOYING SOMETHING)
Bottom line, I want my attention span to continue to grow, not dwindle for constant sensory over load. I want my creativity to not be interrupted by the pointless and distracting habit of being joined at the hip with my phone.
And most of all, I want to find fulfillment in the things that have always brought me fulfillment before Twitter was even a thing.
See you all in a month!