After being inspired this evening by a friend who had the taken the challenge of a “Social Media Cleanse,” I decided to research it myself. Luckily for me, before she left, she posted a ted talk for the benefit of others (Quit social media | Dr. Cal Newport | TEDxTysons). After watching the TED TALK, I decided to write a few of my reasons to quit Social Media, for clarity and motivation on my low days.
WHY I SHOULD QUIT SOCIAL MEDIA
- I go one person at a time. I know what happens in other peoples lives thanks to the many social media accounts they post on.
- I feel under pressure to be where my peers are in life. I judge too fast without knowing what they’ve been through or understanding my strengths. This mindset only leads to anxiety and overthinking.
- It’s time to explore new modes of entertainment. There’s a list of things I’ve wanted to try, but instead, I’m just dreaming of attempting them while I look at other peoples pictures.
- Its time to rediscover old modes of entertainment. I haven’t read a proper book in years, or played a video game for more than 10 minutes, or started a new show in months.
- Nobody has been able to see my real personality in a while. All everyone hears about is me sulking about my life, and that’s not fun for anyone involved. I’ve forgotten what it’s like to connect with people regarding my likes, dislikes, and adventures.
- It doesn’t help with new friendships. What will I talk about if, they can see a summary of my life in a snapchat story instead? Real conversations are feeling like a waste of time.
- I feel like I never have time for anything that’s not due tomorrow. However, I can spend an hour on Instagram without a worry. I need to stop before the procrastination catches up with me.
- My Social Media posts are less valuable, and more conformed to what society thinks I should be. Or worse…. I lose it, and they’re just vents.
- Interactions with friends have become less about bonding and more about a chance to show myself I’m not alone behind my phone screen, even if it means that I don’t get along with those I hang-out with.
- Sometimes I change course or plans just to post a picture or prove something to my snapchat followers. UNHEALTHY.
Social Media was supposed to be a medium to show my uniqueness and personality to others. However, it is clear to me now that I haven’t been using it correctly lately. To make a healthy change in my life, I have come to the understanding that it is necessary to take a step back and analyze things without external influences.
** I am in no way attempting to insult or demean those who use social media**