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?