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.