At the time I decided to quit social media for one year I wasn’t sure if I was making the right decision. Although I am still 11 days away I am starting to look forward to September 1st, when I stop logging in.
In the last few days I have abandoned twitter, Pinterest, linkedin and google plus. I have also cut down the time I spend on Facebook. So far I haven’t missed any of them. In fact when I do log onto Facebook I see the reasons I want to leave. There are a few beautiful reasons I want to stay for. There are some amazing friendships I have made on Facebook that I fear losing, but friendships should be stronger than Facebook.
There are also the friends who know I am leaving, and are trying to make me feel guilty for quitting. It is nice to feel loved and wanted, but I need to leave Facebook in order to honour myself. For me giving up social media almost feels like a calling. The thought of it both excites me and makes me nervous, but I know I have to do it.
So far my reduction in social media time has led to several things. I feel I have more time, I feel less stressed and strangely I feel more tired. The tiredness may be several things. It might be now I am less stressed sleep in catching up with me. or it could be that I started drinking a detox tea at about the same time.
I have decided to go further than just quitting social media. I have decided to limit the time my mobile phone is on. I have started to keep it switched off for most of the day. I switch it on enough to get anything I need from it.
Because I am using the internet less I also switch the Wi-Fi of for part of the day. I have never really understood Wi-Fi signals, but I have always thought the idea a bit strange.
For me giving up social media is not simply just about quitting social media. It is about something more. In a crazy sort of way, you could say its a spiritual quest to find myself