It’s been almost a year since I deactivated my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. I didn’t do it as part of some social media cleanse or digital detox. I did it because social media was starting to have a negative impact on my life.
I was spending too much time on social media, comparing myself to others, and getting caught up in the drama of other people’s lives. I was also using social media as a crutch – whenever I was bored, instead of doing something productive, I would mindlessly scroll through my Facebook feed.
Since leaving social media, I’ve learned a lot about myself and how to use my time more effectively. Here are some of the most important things I’ve learned in my year without social media:
1. I don’t need social media to stay connected with my friends and family.
Before I left social media, I was worried about staying in touch with my loved ones. I thought I would miss out on important news and events if I wasn’t on social media.
But I’ve found that I’m actually more connected to my friends and family now than I was when I was on social media. I’m more likely to pick up the phone and call my friends and family members when I’m not distracted by social media. And when I do talk to them, we have more meaningful conversations because we’re not just catching up on what we’ve seen on Facebook.
2. I have more time for things that are important to me.
When I was on social media, I would often find myself mindlessly scrolling through my feed when I had some free time. Now that I’m off social media, I’ve been using my free time more wisely.
I’ve been using my extra time to read more books, work on my blog, and spend time with my family. I’ve also been using my free time to work on my side hustle and grow my freelance business.
3. I’m less stressed and anxious.
Social media can be a major source of stress and anxiety. I used to get anxious when I saw posts about friends getting engaged or going on amazing vacations. I would compare my life to others and feel like I wasn’t measuring up.
Now that I’m off social media, I’m no longer comparing my life to others. I’m also not as privy to the day-to-day drama of my friends’ lives, which has made me feel more calm and relaxed.
4. I’m happier.
I’m not sure if it’s because I’m less stressed and anxious or if it’s because I’m spending my time more wisely, but I’ve definitely been happier since leaving social media.
I don’t miss social media one bit and I’m grateful that I made the decision to leave it behind. If you’re thinking about taking a break from social media, I would encourage you to do it. You might just find that you’re happier without it.