I took a Twitter break and here’s what I learned

I took a Twitter break and here's what I learned | robowecop

HELLO!

I HAVE RETURNED!

Since starting my new job, I’ve taken my focus away from the blog in an attempt to not stress when I inevitably get to the “holy crap I haven’t had time to post” stage. The good news is it worked – I haven’t posted in 3/4 weeks and I’m not remotely stressing about it!

I’m back today with a post I wrote before I took this break. Yep, that’s how lazy I’ve been – I haven’t published a post that was 100% written. Sigh.

In case you missed it, a few weeks ago I took a Twitter break for a full 7 days.

It had slowly become a toxic place for me. Nine out of ten times I opened the app, it was out of habit rather than because I actually wanted to, there was a lot of drama and bitchiness and general negativity about and to be honest, it was draining. I’m not going to rehash what I’ve already written, so if you want more information about WHY I took a break, check out this post.

What I’m here to talk about today is what happened during my week long break from Twitter. The results have actually surprised me. Let’s break it down so it’s easier to disect.

I didn’t really learn much

To be honest, I didn’t really learn much. I didn’t have a revelation. I’ve re-downloaded the app to my phone. I still use it as much as before. (Maybe a TINY bit less, but only because I’ve started a new job and therefore no longer spend my entire day at home on Twitter. Not because I took a break and it had an effect on me.)

I’m a little underwhelmed if I’m honest.

I’m a fully fledged social media addict

But, let’s be honest, this isn’t new information. On the whole, I love social media. I love talking to people, I love sharing my life, I love challenging myself to try and gain more followers/more engagement. I just really love social media.

It was no surprise to me that when I took a break from Twitter, I didn’t really spend MUCH less time on my phone, I just replaced my Twitter use with Facebook and Instagram. I was shocked with how much time I spent on Facebook because I actually very rarely use it normally, but I hadn’t intended to take any time off Instagram so that was expected.

I struggled for things to do with my hands. It did show how much of a habit being on my phone/being on social media is, and I do want to combat that to an extent, but to be honest I just love social media. I don’t really see my usage amount as an issue and I’m really happy to be back on Twitter because, honestly, I bloody missed it.

I’m a chronic oversharer

The thing I missed most about Twitter was sharing my own life and my own thoughts. I thought I’d miss talking to people, being in the know with current events etc, but nope. I missed sharing. You may have noticed I used Instagram Stories a lot more during my time off Twitter and I think that’s because I’m simply a chronic oversharer. Or at least a chronic sharer.

In the beginning, I started jotting things down on my notes app – things I would have tweeted if I were using Twitter but obviously couldn’t. I got out of the habit after a few days, but it was all really basic stuff. I might stick them in a thread on Twitter for the lolz. But this just emphasised that I love sharing my life online. I like telling you guys things, starting conversations etc. and I’m so not sorry about that.

I probably won’t do it again

I may take the occasional 12-24 hours away when I’m feeling a little drained, but a week off was totally unnecessary for me. All it did was make me miss it.

I feel like it’s important to have time away from the digital world to spend more time in “the real world”. Joe and I have started putting our phones away when we’re watching films, spending more time with each other away from the digital world and it is a really good change for us. I definitely want to continue doing it more often in more situations. But, all-in-all, I love social media and I just didn’t get anything from taking a week away from Twitter. And I REALLY don’t think I’d have got anything from a week away all social.

If I’m honest, I’m really not understanding the “OH MY GOD I DID A DIGITAL DETOX AND I FEEL LIKE A NEW PERSON” thing. Maybe that’s because I didn’t give up all social. Idk.

I probably won’t do it again, though.

What I’m going to do going forward/what I’ve learned

I’m going to try to use my phone less in general. Having a new job is doing that anyway, but the only thing that REALLY bothered me in this experiment was how much of my phone usage is out of habit. I want to use social because I want to use social, not because I’m filling time and using it subconsciously.

I think taking a small step back from the digital world is, in general, a good thing. I’m going to do it more, but in small bursts rather than big breaks.

I like sharing my life and that’s fine. I’m probably just a chronic attention seeker or something but meh, who really cares!

Not all bandwagons are there to be jumped on. A big ol’ social media break may work for you, but it really didn’t do all that much for me.

I’m going to start unfollowing and muting people more. I don’t think it’s social media in general that grinds me gears and gets me wound up, I think it’s just some people who seem to constantly be in an argument with someone about something. I’m going unfollow and mute so much more and, to be honest, I don’t care. It’s nothing personal, I just don’t need those kind of draining, toxic attitudes in my life 24/7.


So, that’s that. I’m a little underwhelmed by the whole thing tbh. What do you think about social media detoxes? Have you ever done one? Let me know your thoughts because I’m SUPER interested in other people’s experiences.

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  • I definitely have taken a few social media breaks, the past week I’ve barely logged into twitter because of my university deadlines and it definitely made me realise that I share way to much of myself on the internet haha. I probably wouldn’t take a social media break again either unless I had too x

    Kayleigh Zara
    http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

  • A while ago I deactivated my Facebook and Twitter accounts and locked my Instagram account, and honestly, I felt so much more relieved and happier. It was for the best and I was able to focus on other stuff in my life (i.e. building up my freelance career.)

    Now I’m back on Twitter with a fresh new account that I am using for blogging and freelance purposes only, but I’m thinking about deleting the app on my phone. I unlocked my Instagram account, but I think I would like to lock it again because I’d rather keep it private. And as for Facebook, that’s gone for good! I’m not afraid to take breaks from social media if I feel as though it’s consuming myself and my life.

    I honestly think that when it comes to social media you need to do what is right for you. Delete your accounts if you want to. Delete the apps if you feel as though you’ll be able to focus better. Mute or delete toxic people if they are draining you and/or feed (I’ve done this many times).

    Whatever you do, it’s up to you,

    :)

    Chichi
    chichiwrites.com

  • I love taking time away from social media, it makes me happy and I definitely feel more settled when I don’t use it as much. Most of it is habit with me though. I check my phone even when I don’t have a notification and that’s draining. I don’t think I’ll be taking a specific digital detox soon but for me it’s important that at some point in the week I do something else that doesn’t make me want to reach for my phone or check social media.

  • I’m currently in an Insta detox because it was making me self esteem so low (: x

  • I know I’m in minority here, but I can honestly say I’m not addicted on any social media – I haven’t had my phone for a month and I was perfectly fine. Of course, I had my laptop, but whenever I go to vacation (sea side or my grandparent’s) there’s no internet at all and I’m all good for a month or two.
    I’m also glad I’m not an oversharer anymore, Facebook memories make me cringe hahah

    xo Honey – blog Royal LifestyleTwitterInstagram

  • I don’t think I could give up social media for a day, let alone a week! If I’m really busy, it’s true that IG and Twitter are the first to be ignored for a day, at most. But I really enjoy social media; tweeting, sharing photos and reading what others are up to. I don’t see that there’s anything wrong with liking it, even with using social media a lot really. It’s only really harmful if it’s taking away from your life offline, I think. x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  • Yes! When I took a social media break for a weekend I noticed that I was wanting to open the apps ut of habit not because i wanted to or anything interesting was happening. I think we all need to take a step back from time to time. Great post!
    http://www.justemmi.com

  • Tbh I don’t care for social media detoxes, we live in a world surrounded by it, and it’s a huge part of our daily lives, I don’t see that being a bad thing, when used correctly it’s amazing and inspiring world full of wonderful people to meet and talk and listen to, and I love that! Plus I am also a major oversharer on my twitter!! hahah.

    meg x meghobson.com

  • Pollypoptart

    I literally don’t think I could do a social media detox. I have points where I am not as active on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram but, like you, if I’m not on one of them, I’m probably more active than usual on the other two platforms. I do also like to overshare!
    Paula http://insertmyblognamehere.blogspot.com

  • I recently took a few days off from Twitter because I’m in a crap place emotionally and it wasn’t really helping, and all I was doing was moaning non-stop! I actually didn’t miss it as much as I thought it would. I couldn’t uninstall the app because it’s just permanently on my phone, so all I did was remove it from my home screen and it was surprisingly easy to stay off it – whilst I didn’t miss it that much, I was a bit sad that I wasn’t connecting the same way with fellow bloggers! xx

  • I definitely think that it’s important to take occasional breaks from social medias. Personally some days I’m on Twitter more and it can pass a few days without being active. It definitely depends on my schedule and how I feel. xo

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  • I seem to have some days when I’m on Twitter loads and others I’m hardly on there but it’s definitely my fave social media. I think I would really miss it if I tried to stay off it for like a week. It’s nice to chat to people on there and find new bloggers to follow etc. I’ve found so many people on there to be more supportive, helpful etc than people I know in real life! Crazy x

    LuxeStyle

  • I think we are all social media addicts really, I just get a huge case of FOMO! My worst addiction is instagram though, I must go on that app 20 times a day x

    Tiffany Tales | Beauty & Lifestyle

  • Abigail Huggan

    I get this feeling! I actually once took a twitter break just before I started university and I actually managed it for a few months but eventually got it back once I was in a better place. I probably couldn’t do it now though if I am being honest, although I probably need to spend less time on it some days

    Abbie | overpeachchic.com

  • I find more and more these days I don’t go on twitter as much as what I used too… Granted I still love it and all the other social media platforms but I get so tired of all the drama!! I love seeing what people get up to because I’m a nosey gal and love hearing about people’s lives but the constant drama is just tiring and I always want to tell people to use their energy to more positive uses!!

    I recently had a day where we had no power so I had a day with no social media and I loved it hahaha was so refreshing! It was like a mini detox but I was so relaxed! Granted not being able to make a tea or coffee was annoying but stepping away from social media was well needed :) Em xx

    http://edoublemamurray.blogspot.com.au/

  • This is really interesting for me to read because I feel like I’m the total opposite. Since I started writing my thesis at the beginning of March I’ve deactivated Facebook and spend much less time on Twitter and YouTube than I did before. I even had my husband reset our router to block those three sites on my devices (laptop and iPhone) and the results have been so positive. I don’t miss social media at all and I feel like I spend much less time procrastinating now. Most of the time visiting social media sites was just habit, or it was an excuse to not do what I should have just gotten done in the first place. I’ve pretty much given up on promoting my blog (which is mainly why I was on Twitter and Facebook anyway) and haven’t even blogged in a while, and the only time I miss it is when I stumble upon something Twitter- or blog-related and get that feeling again that it’s what I SHOULD be doing, but not what I want to do.

    I guess everyone is different. I know that for a lot of people social media is a source of enjoyment, but for me it’s not. I would rather spend my time in the “real” world. If I’m going to be on my phone I would rather spend that time messaging people privately, finding new meetups in my city, or managing my to-do list.

    Danielle | solongusa.blogspot.com