What I Learned From My Social Media Detox

Recently, I took a much-needed break from social media and I wanted to share with you all not only why I came to this decision, but what I’ve learned since then.

Like I said in the (above) caption, between the fires in Malibu, shootings in Pittsburgh and Thousand Oaks, my chronic back pain that leaves me virtually useless after any outing, obsessing over what friends + others are doing on social media, it all became too much and I desperately needed a break.

I took a break from Nov. 13-22 and during that time didn’t check Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest during that time. I did have to occasionally go onto accounts I manage for work purposes, but limited it as much as possible and was logged out of my personal accounts during the break. I was able to get plenty of work during my break so I could fully enjoy my Thanksgiving weekend and boyfriends birthday without having to get any work done.

While it definitely wasn’t ideal that I had to do the occasional check-in on accounts I manage for work, and celebrity accounts for one of my freelance outlets, I’d say it was a pretty big feat that I was able to disconnect for the most part for a long period of time.

I’ve already set it as an intention for the month to continue to spend more time offline, especially since I’ll be visiting family on the East Coast, because it does feel really good to not get sucked into an Instagram rabbit hole and connect in real life instead.

I’m not perfect and I’m sure I’ll still end up spending too much time on social media on some days, but for the most part it feels great to not have the desire to post everything that’s going on in my life or see everything everyone else is posting, because at the end of the day it’s still a curated version of what people are up to, and I’d rather connect in person instead.

Compared to who I used to be in college — running myself into the ground until I was exhausted and always 'on,’ I didn’t know what a break really was. Now, I’d much rather enjoy a slow morning when I have the chance, enjoying time with my boyfriend and soaking up the love he provides me instead of immediately jumping online when my work can generally wait.

Here are a few actionable steps you can take if you’re feeling too sucked into social media (many of these utilize the Screen Time setting on iPhones):

  • Set time limits on your phone for how long you’re allowed to spend in each app

  • Set a time limit at night so you’re not tempted to check before bed (mine is set from 9pm-7am)

  • Analyze your usage each week and look for where you can cut back

  • Only check Instagram stories from people who you really want to see (I don’t scroll on Instagram anymore or scroll through stories because it’s not an effective use of my time. The app is intuitive and knows which accounts I check regularly and they usually appear first on my stories line-up)

How do you take time to disconnect?

Jacqueline WeissComment