Today marks the half way point of my two week break from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Honestly, I don’t have much to say about it.
I am refreshed.
I should document a few of the feelings about “being unplugged” from the three main social media sites I use, though.
The one I miss the most: Instagram. I take many cell phone pictures. Admittedly, my cell phone images are not the best quality nor do I try very hard in making them very creative. For the very few cell phone pictures that are semi-creative or for those special and funny life moments, I love having a simple program with which to share these images. I also love seeing my friends, family and favorite bloggers’ pictures. I can’t wait to use Instagram again.
The one that I can’t get away from: Facebook. Facebook is everywhere. There has not been one day that I haven’t accidentally gone to my Facebook page. I’m proud to say that I just quickly exit out and was not tempted to check my notifications or scroll through the newsfeed. I have far too many devices and programs signed into Facebook. It’s too easy to use the “Sign In Using Facebook” feature that many apps and games offer.
The one that impacts me the least: Twitter. I never fully latched onto twitter. I love it, don’t me wrong. But I mostly use it to keep up with The Walking Dead actors. The reason I chose to take a break from this website was because I use the twitter app (like many other apps) as a mindless form of “entertainment”…to scroll through tweets when I’m “bored.”
The cold, hard truth: A couple days into the break, I had started visiting Pinterest.com and Google + a lot more, and I downloaded two new games. Ouch. Once I realized that I was just transferring my “need for entertainment” to different outlets, I made myself stop before I missed the point of this break completely.
My Realization: The very best realization I had was when I stopped receiving a constant stream of notifications on my phone. It woke me up to why I felt the need to check these sites so much. If I saw I had a notification, I would click it, then, of course end up on there for 4-5 minutes each time. That adds up. I’m going to be updating my notification settings when I reactivate these sites. There’s no use in checking these sites over and over just for 1-2 notifications.
The Best Part: I have so much to learn about re-prioritizing my life, but this break is a good start. I am spending more time reading the Bible, journaling, and spending quality time with my husband.
I think I should also point out that some people consider quitting places like Facebook because of the constant drama, pointless pictures, or overall negative environment. I completely understand this. It’s a shame that some people tend to overuse or abuse websites. My break away from social media sites was not because of what other people were doing, but more of a time for self-reflection and awareness. However, the more I think about it, the more I realize that it’s time to stop being lazy with my accounts. For instance, Facebook has great tools to allow you to hide posts and updates from certain people. Also for more drastic problems, you can block or delete people. Empowerment. (ha!)
Seven more days to go before I re-join these three social media worlds!
-P.S. Facebook followers: My blogs are being automatically sent to facebook via a second-party program. I promise, I’m not posting the blogs myself during this 2 week break!–