I woke up this morning to my usual morning routine, which usually includes checking my social media accounts, posting, and sharing online. While drinking my morning coffee, I was shocked to find that I could not access my social media accounts, fearing my accounts were deleted or hacked somehow first, then thinking my WiFi service was not working. I later realized I was not the only one, and news outlets were reporting a widespread outage.
I must confess at the beginning I kept checking my phone regularly to see if the social media networks were up and running again. But I wouldn’t say I liked the feeling. It was like something important was missing. Like I was missing something, and I was left out. Not a good feeling.
Thinking about how often I kept checking to see if things were up again, I also realized how much of my time went to checking and updating my social media accounts every day. How many hours do I spend on social media? Unfortunately, the answer is way too many.
With Instagram and Facebook down today, I was suddenly FREE! I realize I have a lot more time in my day than I usually think.
By putting my phone down and not going on social media, I could finish way more things off my to-do list this morning. I went for a longer than usual walk with my dog and didn’t feel guilty that I was missing on working or posting sponsored content on the apps. It felt liberating!
Taking breaks off of social media is very healthy. Focusing on real-life, the things you have in front of you, instead of the virtual world, can feel good!!
I have to say my day so far has been fulfilling, and after my initial shock and feeling of loss, I see getting over the addictive feeling of checking and posting on social all the time can be very rewarding.
I am not sure when Facebook and Instagram will be online once again, but I am enjoying the time away for now.
I am taking this as a social media detox.
See you all on social once everything is running again. Bye for now!