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Cross-posted from 5 Minute Minimalist
Have you ever looked up from your phone or laptop, and realized that you’ve spent hours stuck down the rabbit hole of social media?
I quit Facebook a few years ago, and before I knew it, I was addicted to Twitter.
Then I stopped posting on Twitter so much because I was wasting so much time there, and I got addicted to Instagram.
These days, I’m on a variety of social media, and it often feels more of a burden than a pleasure.
I often feel like I have to check my feeds, even when I don’t want to.
Social media in your life
If you take stock and be honest…
– Do you ever feel worried about what you’re missing out on, if you don’t keep up with your feeds? I do.
– Do you ever ignore your kids, partner or other family members because you’re “busy” reading social media? I have.
– Have you ever reached for your phone and read social media when you’re with friends or family, instead of communicating face-to-face with them? I have.
– Do you ever worry about how many “Likes” you’ll get, and find yourself checking a post over and over again to see who has “Liked” it? I have.
– Do you ever worry about what people will comment? I have.
– Do you ever worry about saying politically incorrect things or upsetting delicate or sensitive readers? I do.
– Do you ever feel like social media is the biggest waste of time in your life, and that you could spend that time on far more productive, positive things instead of social media if you weren’t on it? I do.
I notice that the popular people on social media say politically correct, unchallenging things, and they don’t ruffle feathers.
I’m a feather-ruffler by nature, and find the social media stifling to my free thought and free speech. Do you ever feel that way too?
Social media often feels like a race to the bottom, rather than a sharing of great ideas and actions. Does it ever feel that way to you?
Social media isn’t all bad
There’s nothing wrong with social media in itself, but it is very addictive for most of us.
What that means is, we spend so much time on social media, we often don’t prioritise what is truly important in our lives, and we spend hours trawling through social media instead.
So this month – this March – I’m quitting social media. Just for one month. Just for 31 days.
No anything else.
Take a break
If you’d like to join me and experience what real life is like without social media, feel free to copy the image on this page, and post it on your own feed. Then say goodbye to your social media for 31 days.
Remove social media apps from your phone if it helps. That’s what I’ve just done.
Take a breath of fresh air.
Enjoy the view.
Enjoy the free time.
You don’t have to take a snap or share anything or add any filters or look for the best angle this time.
This time, just for 31 days, your life will belong to yourself again.