The weekend was the hardest time to go without social media, as I figured it would be, because I was not nearly so distracted by other things as I am during the week. Friday was actually the most difficult, but I got through it. I didn’t cheat.
In honor of the last entry (for now) in my Social Media Detox Diary, I looked up some interesting quotes, and, as a fun and creative outlet, created these quote images:
There were too many quotes to choose from and all of them presented different points of view: how social media is good, how it’s bad, how it connects us to people, how it keeps us from really connecting with others and with ourselves—and it’s not any one of these. It’s all of these.
I remember noting on Friday that “I can have my social media apps back on Monday!” and immediately after, writing down, “(If I’ve already noted that here, then, that just serves to show that I still think about them often…and probably will still be addicted once this is all over. 🤷♀️).” Well…
I redownloaded the apps yesterday morning and spent a few minutes with each, but not an excessive amount of time because I was working. After I got home at 2:00, I spent more time with them, but not nearly as much as I used to; instead I sat down on the couch with my iPad to read. This morning, I glanced at Facebook before work because my mom tagged me in a post, but I have yet to open and scroll through any of the apps. Maybe I will. Maybe I won’t.
I think this social media detox helped remind me that there is life outside of what everybody posts online. I think I took Penny to the dog park once or twice without my phone, even, and just spent some time enjoying the sun on my skin and watching her romp around and chase a tennis ball. Yesterday I did take my phone, but instead of checking in with Facebook, I tried to write. After a while I just put it away because there were better things to pay attention to.
It’s too soon to tell whether I’m still addicted, I think. Sure, maybe I’ve gotten better, but it never takes long to fall back into old habits. It’s harder to break a habit than it is to make one, after all. But we’ll see how it goes.
There are always better things to pay attention to.