It’s been roughly a month since my proclaimed social media detox. I figured maybe an update is in order.
Quick recap: Back in January, I wrote this post. In it, I explained why I made the decision to drastically cut back on my use of social media, and how I was planning on doing it.
I wasn’t quitting on impulse. The thought had percolated in my mind for months, and my interest in social media had steadily declined since October. Before the Christmas holidays, I posted my last picture on Instagram, urging people to put down their screens, stay present and enjoy spending time with their loved ones.
I followed my own advice, and then I simply didn’t want to go back. It felt way too good to just relieve myself of the pressure of having to constantly check and update my channels. To no longer have to find stuff to photograph, come up with snappy captions, stay up to date with everyone else’s feeds and be active in the exchange of shallow likes and comments.
In hindsight, not only has minimizing social media use made me more present, focused, productive, happy, peaceful and creative. I’ve found that the benefits I thought I gained from social media, and my fears around leaving it, were mostly illusions. Read More