3 Things I Learned From a Week Without Social Media

Last Saturday night I deleted a few apps from my iPad and iPhone. Normally when I delete an app it is some stupid game I can’t stop playing or some random app which has a singular purpose I should not have downloaded in the first place.

However, this time I deleted by far my most used apps: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

I have caught myself looking at these sites as soon as I wake up in the morning and then it being the last image I look at before I go to bed at night. I also look at them countless times throughout the day. Even as I write this I’m fighting back the urge to pick up my iPad and open Facebook up.

I have read several accounts from people who have taken a hiatus from social media before and I was intrigued by it. I spend far too much time on these sites and I wanted to take a break. I knew if I didn’t delete the apps I would not be able to resist the temptation to open them up.

I wanted to spend the time I normally would spend on these platforms reading and writing more. I have wanted to consistently journal for a while and I have been sporadic at best at doing so. I knew this week would be a good time to start journaling consistently and I was able to do so.

Here are my 3 biggest takeaways:

1) I was more engaged with friends.

I finished reading a phenomenal book and I wanted to talk about it to everyone. I texted friends and family members about it. Normally I wouldn’t have done that. I would have put it all over social media but it was different to be so direct with people about it. I also found myself texting friends in general more than I usually do.

2) I enjoyed not being on these sites at night.

During the week Morgan and I joke we simply see each other and don’t actually spend time together. This isn’t true but because of the long hours we both work it sometimes feels like Monday-Friday we are simply passing by each other and don’t spend time together. It was nice to unplug this week and the few hours we have together each night to be fully engaged with one another.

3) I love Twitter…Facebook not so much.

I really missed Twitter. It is where I get the majority of my news. It is where I follow my sports teams and it is enjoyable to see the snarky tweets from my friends. I really didn’t miss Facebook at all. I like Facebook (I put this post on Facebook), but I realized I normally spend time on there when I’m simply bored. It seems like people I know the least post the most on Facebook so I end up knowing more about random strangers than anything else. I am going to push myself to not get on there as much because deep down I don’t enjoy it very much.

I can’t recommend doing this enough. I will definitely do it again. I would like to take a complete digital fast and go with no phone at all. I will probably wait until a vacation to do so when I can enjoy it the most.

If you are intrigued by this but not sure if you want to go a whole week I would recommend telling yourself you will take a day or two off. It is good to take a break, no matter how short it might be, and you will certainly enjoy it.