Challenge 4: Social Media Cleanse

This week’s challenge was something I have always wanted to do but never had the willpower to really stick to it for an extended period of time: the social media cleanse.  Like many people these days, I am definitely someone who is staring at my phone screen longer than I should be each day.  I’m sure it could classify as an addiction.  Even if I just checked a certain social media platform a minute ago, I will unlock my phone and check it again just to be sure nothing has changed.  This behavior is something that I want to break the habit of and I thought it would be perfect to write about in my blog considering it is such a difficult commitment for me and so many other people our age to make.

Day 1:  Today I deleted the social media apps that I use off my phone to start of the week.  I deleted my Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook apps, and I already had deleted my Twitter account a few months ago.  It was weird to go on my phone and not have these little squares to click on and immediately see what my friends are up to.  I realized my phone really wasn’t really intriguing at all without social media and found that I started to hit the home button to check for notifications less.

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Day 2:  This morning I woke up and got genuinely stressed out when I realized I couldn’t check Instagram or see if I had any snapchats or Facebook notifications.  It’s come to the point where social media is like the daily newspaper nowadays.  It’s like without it we’re clueless about what is going on in the world around us.  I fought the urge to redownload my apps and went through my day, still occasionally unlocking my phone to find that the only apps I wanted to use were not there anymore.Overwhelmed Stressed Out GIF

Day 3:  I’ve established I might be worse off without the apps then with them.  It’s been three days and I’ve definitely reached the brink of insanity, but I think it’s just the curiosity that’s killing me of wondering who has reached out to me and what I can’t see that all my friends can.  Although it’s super annoying not being able to use social media, I definitely see a difference in the amount of time I’m spending on my phone.  Instead of having my head consumed in my LED screen on the bus, during dinner, etc. I’m having conversations with people I normally wouldn’t.

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Day 4:  Today I was pleasantly surprised from an unexpected change of heart. I realized that my notifications were not as important as I once thought. I am significantly less stressed and enjoying my time away from social media. I’ve had the opportunity to reconnect with the physical world and engage with people who I normally would ignore in favor of my phone. I am meeting new people and I just feel a sense of relief that I don’t have an obligation to reply to people that I may not want to or in a timely manner.relieved relief GIF

Day 5: During this challenge I learned that although it’s convenient to be able to pick up my phone and immediately be able to connect with others and not worry about what’s really going on around me, presence of mind is such a valuable attribute and there are definitely repercussions of being able to access social media all day every day.

6 thoughts on “Challenge 4: Social Media Cleanse

  1. I really love the blog and what you do with it. I want you to flesh out a little more the final thoughts/conclusions, but all in all, keep up the really great work!

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  2. I can relate so much to this post as I feel as though we all need a social media cleanse, lol! I took one after my breakup and it was so beneficial to get away from it all. But then there are those times where I have the need to open up Twitter and vent about stuff. Loved reading about this week’s challenge and can’t wait to see the next one that maybe I can try out one day.

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  3. I also feel that social media can be toxic at times, that is why every time i do homework i put my phone somewhere far away so i don’t get distracted. I feel like sometimes people and myself get stuck on their phone so much that it automatically cuts the verbal interaction part friendships right out and it makes it weird because no one is communicating. This is why i love when power outages happen because then everyone is forced to do things outside and not be stuck inside watching a show or playing games. I should try having a social media cleanse but i feel like it would be hard since we use our phones for daily life interactions which is the big dilemma.

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  4. I really need to do this at some point. I mean I probably won’t but I should. Every couple of minutes I check Instagram just to see if I get the red hearts and follow icons in my notifications. I’m pretty sure they made it so that it’s addicting to see and I’m letting it work on me 😦

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  5. Social media is so toxic but I am so addicted. Really, when I constantly check my phone there’s a part of my brain that’s like “stop it! who cares?” and I’m like, “me!!! I care!” Ugh it’s such a problem, I really don’t even know if I could go 5 days without it even though when you boil it down it’s actually meaningless and poisonous. Loved this, great job!

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    1. Lol I actually relate to this so much!!! As much as we all trash social media, I honestly don’t know without my daily dose of Twitter! I don’t even repost and stuff like that all the time, it just make me laugh, sad, angry, and informed all at the same time! I think you gave Carla great advice and personally, Carla, you’re a superstar. I think you pose a serious challenge for yourself and I’m excited to see how it goes!

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