Love it or hate it, social media is part of our everyday lives. It’s the first thing we check in the morning and the last thing we check at night. It’s where we spend the majority of our free time and where we go when we are bored. A more accurate statement would be to say, social media is a HUGE part of our everyday lives.
Since we spend so much time on social media, we thought it would be fun to do a little experiment. This past weekend/week we both deleted all the social media apps from our phones, refrained some opening up our laptops to check, and went two full days without any social media.
Here’s what we thought of the whole thing…
Our Experience with a Social Media Detox
When I told my husband I was doing a social media detox, he literally threw his hands up in the air and said “yes!”. Needless to say, he thinks I’m on my phone too much. I beg to differ.
Here’s the thing about social media, like most people, I have a love/hate relationship with it.
Ever since I started blogging (way back when) social media has become more of a chore than anything else. My Facebook feed is filled with discussions happening in groups I’m part of. My Instagram feed consists of celebrities and other bloggers. I don’t go to social media to keep up with my friends and family. I go to social media to learn, be inspired and to grow.
So my experience with this social media detox….I’m not really quite sure how to describe it. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. It was, however, refreshing to not have to be on Instagram. I didn’t really feel like I was missing out on anything or that life was happening without me. It was like how I imagine my life would be if I had never started blogging or didn’t have The Middle Edit, if that makes sense.
The hardest part for me about the whole thing was not being able to see The Middle Edit’s growth. It’s been so exciting (yet tiring) growing our account and really finding a connection with people. But honestly, other than that it wasn’t necessarily hard.
I’m not entirely sure how to explain this part, but It was weird being out and about on a Saturday and not having to think about recording something for Instagram or having to post a picture. I don’t feel like I record every aspect of my life, by any means, so I’m not sure why that felt weird to me.. It almost felt as if I was doing something wrong. Weird, right?
What I Learned
Taking this little social media detox did make me very aware of how much I reach for my phone just to “check” it. I still found myself spending any “down” time on my phone…playing games though, instead of scrolling Instagram.
At the end of the day, I’m not really sure this social media detox was anything groundbreaking. I honestly feel that if I didn’t have The Middle Edit or had I never started blogging and I was completely unaware of the blogging world, I could take or leave social media.
When Shannon and I sat down to brainstorm our January strategy, I thought a social media detox was a great idea. I’ve seen so many people over the last year talk about taking a break from social media. Everyone made it sound so “freeing”, I wanted to try it too! I started to realize that the closer my day to “detox” approached, the more I was dreading it.
I deleted all of my social media apps off my phone on Sunday night. The first thing I did Monday morning was reach for my phone to check our Instagram (The Middle Edit) account. Uggghhhhh, no apps! I was immediately annoyed and had to ask my husband to check our “stats” for me. I couldn’t help it! Usually it wouldn’t have bothered me to be off social media but I use it for completely different reasons now. I use social media for inspiration, business, communication, relationships & etc.
My husband was home for my entire social media detox and he played my “assistant”. On Monday, I asked him 8+ times to give me a play-by-play of our Instagram account. Tuesday, same thing! He kept laughing and saying “you’re cheating!”. It’s not cheating if he is holding the phone…right?! My social media detox was supposed to end Wednesday morning, I didn’t make it! Shannon texted me something about our Instagram at 11:45pm Tuesday night and I threw in the towel. I put all the apps back on my phone before midnight on Tuesday.
What I Learned
I’ve learned a few things:
- I mindlessly scroll through Facebook. It is a filler app for me where I can go and check up with the few friends and family members that still predominately use Facebook.
- I found myself visiting way more news and political sites. Usually I do my rounds of political sites first thing in the morning and I only read a couple articles. During this social media detox, I caught myself visiting these sites multiple times a day and reading too many articles. It was depressing and frustrating!
- I do not have a bad relationship with social media. I’ve never felt insecure from seeing other women who are skinnier, prettier, travel more or are more successful. I find inspiration in it! I find inspiration in pictures, captions and strong women doing “their thing”.
- Why did I put that kind of pressure on myself?! Still wondering this.
Social media has changed drastically in the last few years. We have easier access to each other than we ever have before! We can share who we are, our day-to-day lives, our successes, our failures, our pain and our struggles. I love seeing how other women (& men) navigate through life. I’ve learned a lot of great information over the last year by following successful, inspiration, real women. This might sound crazy but social media, especially Instagram, has truly been an empowering tool for me!
NOTE: If you are feeling like you are addicted to social media or if it is making you feel insecure or if you are spending time on it when you should be present with your loved ones then take a break!! Delete your apps, sign out of your accounts and start your social media detox!
How do you feel about a social media detox?