30 days // no social media

Monday, 13 October 2014



I've been thinking about doing this for a long time. Now, after talking about it with my sister-in-law who recently disconnected, she's given me the motivation to deactivate. So I'm joining her. She told me she's loving it. Mostly because she's finding herself appreciating small details she would have missed with her face glued to a phone, and she's experiencing more simple pleasures. Her husband (my little brother) never got on any of these platforms to begin with.

For me, social media includes the three I use-- Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (Pinterest doesn't count here because I don't socialize on it. I think of it as a digital magazine). I've deactivated Facebook and removed Instagram and Twitter apps from my phone. I will not be visiting them on the computer either. This is nothing life-changing, and who knows, maybe I'll hate it and be back in 30 days. Or, maybe I won't miss it at all and continue to stay disconnected.

If someone actually calculated the time I spend on these sites in a day I'd be sick to my stomach. It's easy for me to get my "fix" every 15 minutes because I'm at a computer designing for 8+ hours a day. I'll mock up a mobile app page, check Facebook, work on button styles, see what's new on Instagram. It's an addictive cycle that's been challenging my attention span and brings multi-tasking to a whole new level. There's a lot of comparing and wanting going on during the bottomless scrolling. Why does she get to travel to Tulum while I'm here working? I just NEED that $1,200 lounge chair! 

There is too much in my life to be thankful for, and I should stop to think about those things when I have an extra couple minutes. Or catch a sunset, go on a walk/hike, read an article about maintaining house plants, learn HTML and CSS, call an old friend to say hello, cook my husband dinner, stretch more, moisturize, plan a weekend trip somewhere new, make something, watch a documentary, paint...the options are ENDLESS!



My plan is to blog more during this time too. I miss writing. Today is day 1. I'm excited to see how this goes and what I'll discover in the next 30 days. Would you disconnect for a month? Have you done a social media shutdown yourself? I'd love to hear.

top photo by Eva Kolenko. bottom photos via Pinterest, mostly my adventure/carpe diem board

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