Social Media Shutdown.

4.9.17


As someone whose job is primarily focused on social media, it can be quite difficult to escape it, but as I had a few weeks until my start date, I decided to take a break. 
NO Twitter, Instagram, Facebook (which I rarely use anyway) or Snapchat. FOR TWO WEEKS 😱😱

It's annoying when everyone's tweeting about something I have no interest in and this was one of those times, so it felt like a good time for a sabbatical.

"OMG I can't believe *insert celebrity name* did that!" 

"Why did *insert Youtube couple* break up, they were #goals!"

...

I scroll past. 

Scrolling through Instagram and checking Twitter as soon as I wake up is such a bad habit that we ALL do - don't lie - and it's something I'm trying to stop. I thought uninstalling the apps on my phone would stop me reaching for it first thing, but instead of checking my social media, I'd check my emails, calendar and random apps for no real reason. Still working on it.

So, how was the hiatus? Good and bad.

I had a lot more free time to do something productive, but as much as I hate to admit it, FOMO immediately kicked in. Twitter is one of, if not, my main source of news and even though I was still up to date with the world, I felt like I was missing out. WHICH IS SO BAD. 
But as time went on, it felt normal and I got used to not using any social media. I was still talking to people, I still existed and life went on without memes and hashtags. 

The super smiley, sunshine-y 'my-life-is-so-amazing' photos we see on the 'Gram have been curated to look super smiley and sunshine-y and we all know people only post the positive parts of their lives, so it makes no sense to compare yourself to them. I understand it's difficult when that's all you ever see, so it's important to take a break from it. 

Focus on spending your time in reality as I'm sure you'll get a better representation of life than you would via a blogger's Instagram.

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  1. Have you decided to go back to social media? Or are you off them for good? It is honestly scary how much of a habit it is for people to look at their phone first thing and last thing in the day. Myself included of course!

    I uninstalled Instagram a few months ago, and honestly it has been such a good decision. However it was also the same time that I picked up my use of Snapchat and created a new Twitter. So perhaps it was substituting, but no way as much wasted time.

    nat // dignifiable

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    1. I have gone back as it's part of my job, but really because I enjoy it!
      I use it a lot less than I did as my break from it made me realise how much free time I had when I used it less. I don't look at the explore page on Instagram anymore as I spent a ridiculous amount on it - like HOURS - but I'm still checking my phone as I wake, which is such a bad habit! Need to move it from close proximity lol

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