3 Things I Learned from Giving Up Social Media

Hi everyone!

So as some of you might know (I’ve mentioned it on the blog before a few times), I gave up social media for Lent this year. It was about 47 days of no Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, VSCO, Goodreads, or Pinterest.

I did this last year as well, but I kind of failed. My willpower gave out about halfway through. I really wanted to try it again this year and commit! So that’s what I did. I learned a lot of things throughout this challenge, so I thought I’d share some of the them with you guys!

You can still waste time, even without social media. Sometimes, if I had schoolwork or chores to do that I was procrastinating on, I would still procrastinate. Usually, I’d be filling that void time with social media, but instead I looked at my calendar app on my phone or made a snack instead. 😂 Sometimes I’d sit at my desk for half and hour and then think to myself “. . . what did I just do? I can’t even remember!” So, yeah, social media helps you waste time, but it’s definitely not the only thing at fault. It’s also just you. If you want to waste time, you will find a way. 😂

Sometimes, silence is good. Social media constantly keeps us connected to the outside world. This can be good — we can keep up with our friends and family, especially during this time when we can’t get together in person. However, sometimes this can also just be so overwhelming! Notifications and posts are always popping up. I found myself really enjoying the time away from all that noise. Just embracing the silence and my own thoughts, without the notifications to distract me, was really nice and I think it was good for my mental health, as well.

Social media doesn’t matter that much. It seems like an integral part of our society, but actually, you can still keep up contact with your friends without it. It just takes a little more effort, which in a way, is good. I was still texting with all the people who I cared about and who cared about me. I was still keeping up with them even though I couldn’t see their Instagram posts or Snapchat stories. When I downloaded Instagram again on April 13th, I scrolled through for a few minutes, then deleted the app. I realized I don’t care about these people. Most of them I only vaguely know. Why not actually TALK to the people I care about instead of blindly scrolling through random pictures of other people I never even see?

I kept Snapchat because I like that app. I can talk one-on-one with people, which makes me happy. Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook are gone. 🙂 And there’s nothing wrong with those apps. I still go on them on my computer occasionally. I just realized there were other ways I could use my time wisely (like writing blog posts!).

There we have it! Three things I learned from my social media fast.

Do you use social media? Why or why not? What’s your favorite app?

Lydia

18 thoughts on “3 Things I Learned from Giving Up Social Media

  1. That’s fascinating!
    I gave up my phone for 24 hours, and that was pretty tough. But I’m not really that big on social media, so I think I could go a while without it.
    It’s great that you were disciplined enough to do this!

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  2. Wow this was a really cool post!! I don’t have much social media ( I have Pinterest and WordPress which I don’t really count as social media) but even taking a break from what I have social media wise can feel so refreshing but its also really hard. I RELATE so hard to the social media isn’t the only thing you procrastinate with, I could totally sit at my desk for an hour procrastinating school xD
    Wonderful post! And also greta job for sticking to it and finishing strong this year! 💕

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    1. I feel like Pinterest can be a time-waster but doesn’t have as much of the “social” aspect so it’s kind of subjective. I know right? Sometimes I would just . . . sit there because I REALLY didn’t want to do my schoolwork. 😂
      Thank you! ❤

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  3. I felt the you can still waste time without social media. Everyday I procrastinate and spend hours on Netflix or reading!
    Hmm, my favorite app would probably be Netflix (haha can you tell I’m obsessed) or WordPress.
    I’m impressed you gave up social media, I’m sure it wasn’t easy.

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  4. That’s so amazing and cool that you gave up social media for Lent. I personally wanted to do it but missed my chance to. I use Instagram regularly because I love taking photos and posting them but I do cross a line. So that I can take breaks and not be distracted by worldly things that don’t amount to my relationship to God. Great post. You seem like such a detailed and insightful person, I would love to become friends 🙂

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    1. Thank you! Maybe you can try next year. 🙂 Instagram is great for photo sharing, especially if you’re into photography. That’s a really fun aspect to it.
      That’s a really good thing to do! It’s really easy to get distracted and it’s important to purposefully draw our focus back to God at times.
      Thank you for reading, I’d definitely like to be friends! ❤

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