Happy 1st Sunday of Lent! It has been 5 whole days since I decided to go social media free! Since I got a Facebook account 9 years ago, I don't think a day has gone by where I haven't logged in and sat there aimlessly scrolling, when I should have been doing something more productive or meaningful. I don't even want to think about how many hours I have spent on social media in 9 years.
I tried this back in December so I wouldn't be able to procrastinate as much during finals week, but it was completely unsuccessful. This time around, I am so motivated to keep it up. I know I said in another post that my motto for 2018 is "new year, new Madeline" so maybe this is the key to getting my life together!! That would be so exciting!! I know there are a lot of people out there who have done similar social media detoxes and written about it on their blogs, but I just wanted to share what I've experienced so far.
It's easiest to completely cut yourself off.
Like I said above, I have tried to limit my social media usage in the past. The last time I did this, I deleted all the apps off my phone, but could still log in on Safari. I also decided that Pinterest wasn't *real* social media, so it was okay if I still used that whenever I wanted. That fake social media detox lasted for about 8 hours, and by the end of the day, the apps were all back and I was constantly distracted again because I have no self control (oops). Deleting all the apps, changing my passwords, and blocking sites on my computer is definitely better because I'm not even tempted to log in anymore.
I'm not as distracted during the day.
This is kind of an obvious effect, but I'm really excited about it! I don't reach for my phone at a red light to check my notifications. I wasn't late to work or school this week because I watched too many calligraphy videos on Instagram when I should have been getting ready. I was able to get so much reading and homework done because I had no way to procrastinate. It's kind of embarrassing to admit how addicted I am to my phone and how much time I waste every day. Yesterday afternoon I took a nap and read a book for fun because I had free time. It was a great day.
I don't get any more sleep than I used to.
I was really looking forward to getting a full 8 hours of sleep every night! Pre social media detox, my usual nighttime routine involved getting ready for bed around 10pm, telling myself I'm going to fall asleep right away, then switching between Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, Instagram, and Reddit for hours until everyone else is asleep and there are no new fun updates for me to read. Now, I still plan on going to bed around 10pm, but I end up online shopping and watching ice skating videos on Youtube. I'm thinking that this won't be a long-term problem, because I will eventually run out of money to spend, and there are only so many ice skating videos I can watch.
Overall, I think this has been pretty successful. I'm not going to lie, I still plan on checking my accounts once a week on Sunday to look at any notifications. After 5 days, I had 20 notifications on Facebook, 15 on Twitter, 4 on Instagram, and more Snapchats than I could count. Hopefully after cutting social media out completely, I won't be as tempted to use it constantly after Easter. Feel free to text me any good memes/viral tweets I'm missing out on!