I’m going social media free!

Recently I couldn’t help but notice what a slave I am to my phone. Constantly unlocking and locking my phone. Mindlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed and watching Snapchat stories. I even find myself going on Facebook! Who uses that any more?
I’ve tried no not check my phone by turning it off but I always give in. So this requires drastic measures.

Social media is very clever. It tricks you into thinking you have lots of friends and a life, when really all you’re doing is pressing some buttons and staring at a digital screen.

It was really difficult for me to delete Snapchat because it has this “streak” feature whereSnapp.png a fire symbol appears next to a friend’s name along with the number of days we’ve been “streaking”. The streak represents how many consecutive days we’ve messaged each other at least once in 24 hours. My longest streak is 57 days with a best friend. This streak meant a lot to me, but it’s so stupid isn’t it? How Snapchat can make us feel compelled to keep snapping another person just to keep this “streak” going? It’s almost irresistible to break.

However, I’ve had enough. My good friends will remain, regardless of whether or not I have a Snapstreak with them.

A one-to-one deep Whatsapp conversation, or even better, a face to face conversation beats sharing filtered photos with brief and unnatural captions.

Here’s to life without social media addiction!

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8 thoughts on “I’m going social media free!

  1. Haha love how emotional, but yet funny, yet realistic this article is. I totally understand, social media can be such a huge distraction, I applaud for your great decision, good luck 🙂

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  2. Yeah I think more face to face interactions with friends rather than Snapstreaks on Snapchat would greatly enrich your life! But who am I to talk ever since I started posting my blog and promoting it on social media in the middle of last year I have become obsessed with my social media updates and am constantly checking my email inbox. Now I am doing online dating it is even worse as all the notifications come to my inbox. I go to 12 Step meetings to combat my addictions to alcohol and drugs (luckily I was 11 years clean at the beginning of this year) but I spend the whole meeting desperate to get on my phone and check my email inbox! Once I managed to go through a whole meeting without checking it but that is rare. But I have to say the process of writing my blog and posting it on social media has made my life so much bigger and definitely enriched it. I get messages from people all over the world about the blog and when I posted my 11 year clean birthday on Facebook I got almost 400 likes. But like a typical addict I have gone from one extreme – never posting on social media and not even being on Twitter and Linkedin to obsession with social media. I am planning to take some time off later this year!

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    • Firstly I’d like to say a HUGE well done on being 11 years clean – that’s a massive achievement. Clearly you have a lot of willpower and strength, which makes me think that if you put your mind to it, you definitely have what it takes to moderate your social media obsession. It feels so liberating to not be a slave to my impulses and desires. I’m sure you know the feeling very well 🙂 Thank you so much for your comment! Best of luck ♥

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  3. Now that I think of it, I might be addicted too. I have tried to switch off my phone as well but it has been in vain. Maybe I should do the same and uninstall everything. It’s a wonderful post!

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