Why I'm Taking Another Social Media Break
Hi Friends, I want to take a minute and let you guys know why I am no longer on Facebook or Instagram. To get right to it, I don't feel like these sites are bringing value to my life, well being, or personal growth right now and I need a break, again.
Some of you may know that I actually deleted all of my social media accounts back in November 2017 and came back in January 2018 thinking it would be a fresh start. Some people expressed to me that they were surprised that I deleted my Instagram account when I had 8k followers and I seemed to be doing so well on the platform. To be honest I wasn't sure I had made the right choice at first either but I made peace with it and moved on.
I did start to miss people I had connected with when I was off social media and I had some people reach out and say they missed me and that is one of the reasons why I restarted my accounts. But after being on social media again for a few months this year, the feelings I had before when I left began to resurface. These feeling began to remind me of why I left social media in the first place.
Whenever I spent time on social media lately, Instagram and Facebook in particular, I always leave feeling empty and longing for something that I'm not getting from them. I feel like I was actually wasting a lot of time on these sites with little gain. I felt like I was losing hours and days of my life without knowing where they actually went. I didn't like that feeling. I wasn't hearing people when they were talking to me and I felt like my mind was always wondering and was never in the present.
When I rejoined social media, I found that people who I thought would want to reconnect or re-follow my new accounts didn't and that gave me a lightbulb moment. Most of these people don't know me, don't care to know me and to them I am just another "follower". I know this isn't the case for everyone but for most that is what social media is a follower game. It is not REAL LIFE.
I started feeling emotional ties to these sites and I don't believe that sites we can't control should trigger an emotional response from us. I'll repeat that:
I don't believe that sites we can't control should trigger an emotional response from us.
I was also tired of the ads, depressing news and the highlight reels. I started to feel like "show me something real ya'll" Ha! I also felt like everything I was seeing on social media was fake or a replica of the thing I just saw. I think we are starting to lose our originality by being on social media which is not cool!
Since leaving social media, I feel so free. I feel like I can think more clearly and enjoy things that are in my life right now and not just online. I have so much more time on my hands or it seems. I am prioritizing things in my life and learning to love my life just how it is. It's like a pressure or weight was lifted.
Anyway, in case you noticed I was gone, again you were right! Initially I was just going to share this in my newsletter because I figure if you are subscribed to it you are probably someone who actually cares. But I figured I'd post it on my site just incase I have any regular visitors who wanted to know what was up.
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Who knows when I will return to social media,
but for now I feel like I am in a good space without it.
Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I love hearing from all of you.
Have a blessed day!