I did a social media detox for one week – here’s what I learnt…
Social media can be an amazing tool for connecting, sharing, and bring people together. But there is also an ‘ugly’ side of social media – the comparison, negativity, and unkindness that can be spread throughout.
The social dilemma on Netflix has encouraged a lot of people to reduce their social media consumption and although I haven’t watched it myself, I have always been a bit ‘different’ when it comes to social media.
I haven’t had a personal Instagram account for nearly 4 years. I’d never had twitter before starting my blog in April 2020 and I don’t have social media apps on my phone.
However, I still use these platforms for my blog and to connect with friends and I have found that I can become slightly obsessed with checking analytics, followers, and notifications, etc.
Because of this, I decided to take one week off social media to see how it made me feel and what I would learn from the week off. If you’re interested in finding out the results of my social media detox, then keep on reading!
What is a social media detox?
A social media detox is when you consciously and voluntarily stop using social media for a set period of time. There are no set ‘rules’ as you can do what feels best for you!
How long should you do a social media detox?
It’s really up to you. I decided to take a week off social media but some people take a day off or even a month off.
How do I take a break from social media without deleting it?
Don’t panic, you don’t have to completely delete all your social media accounts to have a detox. There are plenty of ways you can take a break from social media without deleting it.
I would suggest deleting the apps of your phone so you will be less tempted to check them.
You may find it easier to get a blocking software for your phone and laptop so you can’t use the internet to go on social media. Freedom is a great option for this!
What Were The ‘Rules’ Of My Detox?
The rules of my detox were pretty simple:
- No checking Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for 1 week (I didn’t include Pinterest because it’s a search engine – blogger loophole lol).
- I already didn’t have the apps on my phone so I continued to not have them downloaded.
- I didn’t preschedule any tweets promoting my blog posts to see if it would make a difference to my views
- I prescheduled my advertising tweets for the week as I had been paid so I needed to fulfill my job.
What Did I Learn From My Social Media Detox?
If you follow me on Twitter (ironic), then you may have seen my tweet about what I learned during my week off social media! I will elaborate more on this below.
Twitter Affects My Mental Health
Twitter is one of my favorite social media platforms to connect with other bloggers. However, sometimes tweets pop up on my timeline that is triggering and affect my mental health in a bad. I found that taking time off Twitter was really good for my mental health and I felt my mood was more stable during the day.
I also realized that I feel much more out of the loop when I am off Twitter. I didn’t realize how much of the ‘news’ I learn about from my TL which isn’t good! I hate reading the news but if I am going to see it, I should probably use a more credible source.
I Really Don’t Like Instagram
I really don’t like Instagram, so I didn’t miss using it at all. I honestly think I will just delete my blog Instagram because I don’t enjoy using it and it doesn’t really serve a purpose for me.
I do like looking at bullet journal ideas on Instagram but I can just as easily find ideas on Pinterest. Maybe I will get it back one day but I really don’t need it in my life right now!
Instagram is a highlight reel of other people’s lives and can wreak havoc on our self-esteem. Having a social media detox day and switching up who you follow is one of the tips I gave in my post about how to increase your body confidence!
My Blog Views Don’t Go Down When I Take Time Off Social Media
I was worried that I would lose a lot of views of my blog during the week of my social media detox but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it didn’t really make a difference.
I think it’s easy to get obsessed with numbers especially if your job is on social media. Not constantly checking your followers, notifications etc can help take the pressure off and reduce stress.
From now on I will be reducing my social media consumption and will definitely have another social media detox in the future.
I really recommend taking some time off social media, even if its just a day! I found it very helpful for my mental health and I think it would do a lot of people a world of good!
Have you ever done a social media detox? Or has this post inspired you to have one? Let me know in the comments below!
Thank you for reading,