I am back, although you wouldn’t have noticed since I post once a week, but I wanted to update on my 5 days with no social media.
Last Monday at around 12:00 a.m., I was working the overnight shift, I logged out of all of my social media accounts. I knew that if I didn’t log out and move them to another screen I would be tempted. It was around 4:00 a.m when I took my break, I was trying to stay awake and thought I’d play on my phone… well what do you know? I tried to go onto Instagram, I even tried to log in but I somehow forgot what my password was. It was a sign…. So I stopped and started studying for a little bit. I got home from work and fell asleep. When I finally woke up I had to study for my exam which was on Tuesday, I tried to go to Instagram again but this time I didn’t try to log in. At this point I think it was just habit to click it and just start scrolling. Something about being on my phone scrolling aimlessly staring at photo’s just seems appealing. Tuesday’s I am in classes all day long, so because I am busy I don’t have time to look at my phone. I did however, notice that when I was walking to my respective classes I would try to use my phone, but I think it’s because I just can’t look up from my phone. Wednesday I had a meeting with my adviser and had to do things on campus, and went to work right after. While sitting in class on Thursday, I realized “Hey it’s my fourth day!” I hadn’t even noticed that it was day 4 but it was probably because I hadn’t been on my phone that much to realize anything. I stopped trying to go onto Instagram or any app for that matter. I learned to walk to class by taking in the fresh air and just look at what’s around me.
Something I can take away from this little challenge of mine is that it’s okay to not be on social media 24/7. Take the time to smell the roses. Enjoy life and the world around you. I have noticed that I am not constantly looking through social media. I no longer click onto an app just to scroll aimlessly. I am actually engaging in conversations around me and being a human. To be honest it feels great! I don’t miss it at all.
I suggest that if you’re feeling the way that I was feeling to give it a break, take time to get away from social media and to re-learn what it’s like to not have it.
Thank you for reading! I hope that everyone has a great day!
(images are from google)