It’s been about a month since I eliminated social media from my life. I decided not to delete my Facebook account (for the time being) for various reasons that I won’t bother going into. However, Carlos changed my password so I haven’t had access to it.
So, how has it been?
Pretty great. I haven’t regretted it for a second. That’s not to say that I haven’t had urges to
stalk check up on certain people, but it has been a huge relief to not have social media as an outlet anymore.
Several people have asked why I decided to forego social media, and the answer is pretty simple: it was adding stress to my life. It had been for a long time, but I kept justifying it because of the main “benefit:” being easily able to connect to the family and friends that I don’t see on a regular basis (which is a lot of my family and friends). Furthermore, social media made me feel important and I wondered if people would stop caring about me if they didn’t see pieces of my life online anymore.
However, the stress was getting to be too much and I didn’t see the positives of having social media outweighing the negatives anymore. It was hard enough trying to get through the tasks of every day-taking care of Sophia, cooking, cleaning, etc. But to also be worrying about how I was coming across in my Instagram posts was just ludicrous. Perhaps it’s possible to post things on social media and not care if people are thinking we’re too much of a hot mess or not being “real” enough (thanks to Jill for bringing this up one week in Bible study!), but I could never figure it out.
What have I replaced Facebook and Instagram with? Well, I opened a Twitter account and have also started pinning. Just kidding. In all seriousness, I’m trying to read more (the books on my “want to read” list aren’t going to read themselves), write more (on here and on my book) and re-train myself to enjoy activities that I used to enjoy, but kind of stopped doing because I was spending too much time in front of a tiny screen. Things like playing outside and writing in my journal and going to bookstores. I don’t want Sophia to always see my with my phone in hand. I want her to see me making stuff and playing and creating. Because she has already started copying me, and she has already started reaching for my phone when she sees me get it out.
In the next few months, I’d like to do some follow-up posts about being social media-less. In the meantime, please comment or e-mail me if you have any thoughts on the positives and negatives of social media or how it is shaping our culture. Oh, and subscribe to my blog if you want to see any new posts! As of today, August 1, Facebook no longer allows direct sharing of my blog posts to my Facebook profile.