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My Month Without Social Media

 Me,caught in the act, living virtual life on my iPhone pre-detox. 

Me,caught in the act, living virtual life on my iPhone pre-detox. 

About a month ago, I started to realize how much social media was influencing my state of mind. I often felt quite negative, and I couldn’t stop comparing my own situation to those of others. Why wasn’t I this successful yet? When would I be able to afford to travel there? Why doesn’t my body look like that? 

I’m sure you know what I mean. We all get caught up in it sometimes, especially with the prevalence of apps like Instagram, where one can curate precisely what image they want to present to the public. Of course their lives look awesome… they’re not going to show the bad parts! 

Not only did I find the ugly green jealousy monster settling in quietly in my mind’s living room, but I also realized I was wasting SO. MUCH. TIME. on these sites. There’s no denying social media can be great for so many reasons, but for me it was just getting to be too much. I needed to take a step back, and reorganize my priorities. 

So on February 1st, I handed the passwords of my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter over to my lovely friend Kayci. And I surrendered all access to social media for the last month. 

I won’t say that the early detox stages were a breeze. Honestly, the withdrawal was very real for the first week. But eventually I stopped subconsciously typing facebook.com as soon as I opened a new browser window. Then I started to realize I didn’t really miss it much at all. 

 Me, this time enjoying the beauty around Philly and living in the moment with friends. 

Me, this time enjoying the beauty around Philly and living in the moment with friends. 

Here we are - one month later, and let me tell you, this was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. In the past month, I have checked things off my to-do list that have been there for months. I found more time to read through my sky-high, previously untouched book stack. I meditated before bed, instead of checking who posted what Buzzfeed article on Facebook that day. I found myself getting to the gym and yoga all in one night after work. Above all else, I noticed myself enjoying the moment, instead of wishing I was somewhere else.    

It's March 1st, and while my vowed social media fast is now over, I still haven’t asked for my passwords back. I’m not sure when I will, to be honest. For now, I’ll keep living life in the moment, because that’s all there is to do.

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