Recently, I took a week off of social media. Didn’t make any grand announcements, just deleted the apps from my phone and went about my day.1
It was really, truly lovely. I hadn’t realized how much time and energy my phone was sucking from me–and by extension, my family.
Here are my takeaways:
1. I love and relish quiet.
Margin, white space, whatever you want to call it, I love being in my own head.
The first time I went for a long stroll by myself after Roger was born, I laughed at my own joke. I had forgotten I was funny in the midst of babies and work and housekeeping. Life looks different now without diapers (hallelujah) and less freelance work, but I think I was channeling all those extra pockets of time into the Distractor Device in my pocket.
Having a week of quiet was almost like having a vacation. Except a vacation with homeschool, housekeeping, and all of life’s other responsibilities. But they just felt less heavy.
2. I read more.
I still haven’t put social media apps back on my phone. I’ve used Facebook (and even Instagram) on the computer, but it just doesn’t hold my attention as much because I know I have a good book waiting.
I’m not sure how I managed to rewire my brain in just a week, but I’m grateful. I want to start tracking my reading like I used to, whether with a blog list or on Goodreads. And I want to keep prioritizing it.
3. I realized what’s not good for me.
And Instagram has to go. It’s such a fun platform, but my brain can’t handle the overstimulated feeling it gives me, and my heart can’t abide the comparison monster that rises up in me when I use it.
Many can use it with no problem, but I’m not one of them. My sense of contentment has been so much higher without it; I can’t imagine going back.
4. I see the people in front of me more clearly.
I’ve had more to say to my husband because my head is full of the news or what I’ve read rather than social media posts.
I’ve sat and watched–just watched in wonder–my children go about their business. It’s been sweet to just marvel at these little humans.
5. I have more time.
This has already come up in other points, but it deserves its own. The average user racks up 135 minutes on social media a day.2
Yowza. I’d like to think my habits weren’t that bad…but I do know that I have been able to get a lot more done without something constantly pulling me to my phone. I have plenty of other ways to distract myself and procrastinate, but I’m pleased with this change overall.
What about you? How do you feel about social media?
P.S. Full disclosure: as soon as I finish writing this post, I’ll be sharing it on my Facebook page. So it’s not like I’ve left that realm entirely. 😉
Actually, I downloaded a new app called Voxer to keep up with a group of ladies from the Upside Down Tribe who were also doing the fast. It was pretty quiet without a lot of talk, mostly everybody checking in with observations all centering around “the quiet is so nice.”