I have never really been an avid user of social media for personal use. I have a Facebook account, which I don’t really post on and is mostly just science and technology articles or huff post. I use twitter quite intensely for my blog and I use Instagram for the same reason. So I suppose a social media detox for me isn’t that big of a deal right?
I decided to stop using social media just after my breakup. I found that a lot of social media was making me feel worse and I needed a period where I wasn’t around it. The only platform I kept was twitter, because I mainly followed bloggers and people I didn’t know, and I found reading blogs really helpful at the time, and I didn’t want to remove that. I uninstalled both Facebook and Instagram from my phone and iPad and continued on as normal. I also deleted twitter a week later, as I wanted to use it just for my blog, and nothing else, because I was in a bad place and I didn’t want to impulsively tweet really negative things
As someone who didn’t post, I didn’t really miss the need to share on Facebook or Insta, although I did think of things to tweet and then held myself back. More than anything else, I missed the aimless scrolling. The type of scrolling where you sit and pick up your phone just for something to do. That was strange, and I found the fix to this was to just download a decent game, because then I had a new pointless thing to do. The urge to scroll got less and less the longer I stuck at it.
Every now and again I would visit Instagram or Facebook on the browser tab on my phone, but I realized after a couple of days that I was scrolling for no reason again. So I logged out of all my accounts and if I want to visit now, I have to use an incognito tab so my details aren’t remembered. For me, it’s just been about making my social medias harder/more work to access. It easy to click on an app, it’s harder to open new tabs and remember your login details, and the browser is slower. I was logging in just to post photos on Insta, and it was taking 10 minutes a photo.
I do think being away from social media has been good for me. It means that I don’t feel a need to share as much, and I don’t seek out things which are going to make me feel bad. I told all my friends I was doing this and they have been incredibly helpful. I would recommend a personal social media detox to anyone. Obviously, if you run a blog it can mean you have to keep your social media active because you have to promote and network, but stopping using your personal accounts can be really beneficial in my opinion. It’s made me feel better about myself, I don’t feel as much FOMO, and I have more time to be productive because I’m not aimlessly scrolling for no reason.
If anyone is looking to do a social media detox, here are my tips:
- Uninstall the social media apps on your phone
- Tell you friends you’re doing one
- Don’t give up if you cave and look on Facebook, just try again
- Draft posts in your memos, but don’t post them. Sometimes writing them can be enough
- Start a photo album to stop posting photos
If you have any tips to add, please share them in the comments.
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