The Social Media Cleanse

Two weeks ago I was looking at my phone, checking my Facebook.  Sighing with boredom – there was nothing new – I closed the app.  I was really annoyed.  Was it because my friends were not updating their statuses?  No.  I was frustrated because it wasn’t even noon and this was probably the tenth time I had checked Facebook.  It was at that moment that I knew I needed to go on a “Social Media Cleanse”.  In reality, how many more negative political rants did I want to read?  How many more times did I need to take a picture of myself with a Snapchat filter?

With a deep breath I deleted my apps and decided I would abstain from social media for two weeks.  I know that I love getting away from social media when I’m away on vacation, but I wanted to see what life is like in the real world without social media.  Would I go crazy not knowing people’s reactions on election day?  Would I miss out on someone’s birthday or life event?  Would I be even be able to make it for two weeks?  I decided to put myself to the test.

Luckily I did make it through the cleanse – and I want to tell you some of the things that came out of it:

1) I had more time in my day.   No joke, I didn’t realize how much time I had been wasting checking social media!  Over the last 2 weeks, I’ve found myself with enough time to cook, clean, exercise, chill out, and have fun with friends too!

2) I was able to live in the present.  By that I mean wherever I was or whatever I was doing, I was fully engaged.  I wasn’t thinking about checking my phone, or taking a picture to post it to Facebook later.  I paid better attention to my surroundings – nature is awesome by the way – and people.

3) I had meaningful conversations with people.  Instead of using messenger or posting on someone’s wall, I picked up the phone!  I took a walk with a friend and we chatted about what was going on in our lives, not the things celebrities were doing.  It makes such a difference to hear someone’s tone of voice and to see their facial expressions!

4) I relaxed.  I found myself less worried about what people were thinking about or doing; or needing to present myself to others.  I was able to really think about what I wanted and needed and be okay with just that.

Getting off of social media did not kill me, and in fact, it was actually quite rewarding!  So now what?  I still want to be apart of the social media circle, I just don’t want it to be a habit that preoccupies me.  So, I am going to keep those apps deleted from my phone, but not delete my Facebook account.  For now, I’m thinking I will check it once a week or so on my home computer.  I’ll see how that goes 🙂  With God, everything is possible! (Matt 19:26)




Author: theLGjourney

I am continuing to take a journey - THE JOURNEY - of life! :)

2 thoughts on “The Social Media Cleanse”

  1. Laura, I am so proud of you. Social media is disrupting our lives and we don’t even know it. Marriage, work, social events, we seem to want to know what everyone is doing or saying instead of being in the moment with our own lives. Thank you for sharing you journey. I love you Laura, you are a beautiful women.

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