If I calculated how much time I spent scrolling on my various social media handles, I would be completely unashamed. I would start on one page, somehow end up on another and the next thing I know I am way too deep into lurking on someone’s page that I did not even know! Then I would hop from one social media site to the next until I have drained myself and an embarrassing amount of time has passed. This could go off and on for various hours. I would look at my to-do list and try to figure out why I hadn’t accomplished anything and then I suddenly realized I needed to go on a social media detox.
Alongside with trolling and scrolling, there are other reasons why a social media detox was necessary. I am a full-fledged believer in energy being transferable. I felt plagued by negative energies and moods I normally would not encounter on a day-to-day basis. With that being said, I was beginning to take on the heaviness of other people’s problems that they posted. It was weighing on me. As I have been on this major self-care and wellness kick, I knew it was important to clear my mind and get rid of my mental clutter. I also wanted to increase my free time, strengthen my personal connections, and desired to spend more time with God.With my newly found free time, I wanted to discover new hobbies and get into alternatives like reading a book, listening to a podcast or calling a friend.
Social media detoxing gives me an opportunity to be unreachable and I like the idea of being off the grid. Even if I am not into telling sacred parts of my life on social media, I enjoy periodic times of being disconnected. I noticed that I was picking up my phone less and it was better for my eyes since I was not staring at a screen as much as I normally had been.
Believe it or not, there are several ways you can participate in a social media detox.
- End All Notifications: You can turn off your social media notifications on your electronic devices so you are not tempted to check your handles. You could also delete the apps on your phone without necessarily deleting your accounts.
- Schedule Social Time: Putting yourself on a social media checking schedule could help you get on your sites less as well. You could check certain handles certain days. For example you could do No Social Media Mondays, Twitterless Tuesdays, etc.
- Disconnect and Unfriend: Disconnecting could even include decreasing how much you overshare on your accounts. You could also take control on what you see on your sites by unfollowing, unfriending, muting and blocking certain accounts.
- Just Delete It: Lastly, and most drastically, you could quit social media cold turkey and delete all of your accounts.
I began detoxing doing a combination of all of these things. I naturally started to not check my social media as much. I have turned off notifications, checked my sites once every few hours and I have even deleted apps (especially Twitter because it is my vice) on my phone. I immediately began to feel the chains break from being so attached to my handles and my mind was so clear.
I say all of that to say that, I do not believe that social media itself is bad. The sites do not run themselves, but are ran by people which are imperfect beings. Social media is great for marketing and branding. It allows you to stay connected to family and friends who may be out of town. If we are spending excessive amounts of time on social media that is hindering us from doing other things, changes should definitely be made in how much of it we incorporate in our day. Whether we go on periodic social media detoxing stints or change our social handle checking patterns, it is important to spend less time of it and more of it exploring other hobbies! I challenge all of our sisterfriends to do some form of social media detoxing and let us know if you benefited from it!