YUP, you read that right. I deleted all my social media apps. I had been contemplating this for a while. There isn’t any incident or specific reasoning. In my gut I knew this was a challenge I wanted to tackle and knew it would be beneficial. For starters, I was never a fan of social media. I am one who feels the less you know about me, the better. Also people share too much now days. And to be perfectly honest, I’m lazy. It takes a lot of time, work, effort, and patience to engage in so many apps.
I wouldn’t say I was addicted to it, but it was a great way for me to ”pass time”. You know, in the doctors office, car rider line at school, or when the commercials come on TV. Even though I only used Instagram to promote my blog and spread motivation, I deleted the app. I knew it was the right thing because I wasn’t consistent, no matter how much people say I need it to promote my blog. I’d rather it gain traction organically and the person who needs motivation will find it. It wasn’t my passion or something I enjoyed so I rarely posted on Instagram.
On the other hand, I absolutely enjoyed reading and listening to others encouraging words and motivation. That is something I enjoyed having at my finger tips. Knowing the courage, confidence, and conviction so many have to want better, get better, and be better. In the end, I know I will still be able to engage and encourage.
Pinterest was my favorite app to be on. The endless inspiration can be addicting. From home decor, to hair, to nails, and holiday decor I loved. My absolute favorite was the quotes I could have at any moment for any emotion. I knew in an instant I could get a quick pick me up or reminder. HAPPINESS ISN’T A DESTINATION
Lastly, I only had TikTok to keep up with my daughter. She enjoys sharing her artwork on that app. However, because of her age, I still periodically check her phone. Also my husband has the app downloaded. Therefore, it was a no brainer I deleted it. I never had a Facebook or the desire to. Never had a Snapchat or whatever else is out there.
The other apps I deleted were gaming apps that I either don’t play or never played. Once again I am trying to get to a place of being present and using my time. To prevent having an urge, I place the phone in another room when I’m watching TV. That way I can enjoy the program and not have to shift my focus. I began picking up a book and reading it. I have so many books that I’ve purchased and never read. Getting back into reading is very important for my mental health. Finally, I purchased some crossword and sodoku puzzles.
As a surprise I don’t feel like I’m missing out. Nor do I have the urge to pick up my phone. I’ve been enjoying reading and doing puzzles. If you are wanting a change or need a break I encourage you to delete your social media apps. If you can’t, give yourself a time limit. You’ll feel more encouraged to be creative and productive.
Be you so you can be free.