stepping back from social media
No, not quitting. Just stepping back.
On a few separate occasions, I’ve taken a several-day total break from social media. And I really enjoyed it. I took a break on our recent trip to Maine, and I’m so glad I did. I found myself using free time to read, and I felt more engaged with Dan during meals or while walking around.
Really, I’ve been stepping back from social media in different ways for about a year.
It started with removing notifications from my phone’s home screen. I noticed myself constantly looking at it for my likes on Instagram and my replies on Twitter and my tagged photos on Facebook. It was a huge waste of time. And reinforced the tether I had to my phone throughout the day.
I removed each app’s home screen notifications one by one over a period of a few months. Now, the only thing I see on there are tweets from Safe Families about their placement needs. I’ve enjoyed it.
I’m entertaining the idea of limiting Facebook time to once in the morning and once in the evening. Just not sold on it yet.
What I am sold on is this — more time writing (on this blog and in my journal), more time reading (devoured three books in the last month), more time creating (have the inspiration and supplies for many projects), and more time with people about whom I care.
So, hey, want to hang out? Recommend a good book? Do a project together?
Have you recently stepped back from social media in some way? What did you find about your experience?