Social Media – Controlling the Influence

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It has been one month since I have deleted the social media apps off my iPhone. This is after reading a book called Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport and it offered some amazing insights on how social media has really taken over our lives. After reading it, I decided to do a 30 day detox off from social media mainly Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. I must admit that I found a few things that are both obvious but exciting at the same time.

  1. I found that I had a lot more time on my hands. Those endless, cyclical movements of scrolling up and down, left and right consumed quite a lot of my time. At least 60% of it according to my Screen Time function on my iPhone.
  2. I had more meaningful conversations with people because I was kind of forced to speak on the phone to people. Every since social media, I must admit that the willingness to speak on the phone had waned over the years for me. Now, it has revived itself.
  3. I have had more time to meditate, contemplate and really observe my thoughts. This meant that I was really able to absorb into an interesting thought or I was able to reach a thought-free mind for longer periods than before. I was able to observe sounds and sights with a little bit more awe and wonder than usual.
  4. I had more time to read and gain real knowledge and insight. This helped me to learn new things and broaden my mind in understanding and embracing new concepts.
  5. I was able to understand my own feelings and truly get to know them. I know this sounds a little strange but the noise of social media can really drown out whatever you are feeling and what can happen is those feelings become trapped and they grow with more intensity. This only causes us to feel more upset. However, this social media detox, I was able to deal with my feelings right there and then.

Overall, I don’t know if I will ever download the apps again. I tried for the first time today and I deleted the apps off my iPhone again. Maybe I will use social media on my computer rather than my iPhone like the good old days. 

Anyway, maybe give yourself a 7 day social media detox. Honestly, it may be worth it.

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