(Spoiler Alert: There IS life after Social Media!)
About two weeks ago I gave up completely on Social Media. Really gave up – as in, deleted my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Although I didn’t want to think I had a Social Media addiction, I came to realize that I actually did.
How I knew…
Tell tale signs were that I was not only checking Instagram multiple times per day, but I felt increasingly pressured to come up with something “fabulous” to post on my account each day. Even worse than not having time to write thoughtful posts here or to create new work for my Etsy shop was the nagging feeling that LIFE was getting in the way of the Instagram posts I felt I needed to be writing.
So I went Cold Turkey
Not because I’m so virtuous, but because after trying not to look at Instagram for one day (I found that challenge actually enjoyable), I was back at my Instagram posts with a vengeance…to make up for the frustration and irritation of having lost subscribers in my one-day absence!
What happened next…
I’ll admit that it did feel a bit sad to delete all of the illustrations and little videos I had put up on Instagram and Facebook. Until I realized that:
- They’re not gone and I can post them here
- I will always have the urge to create regardless of whether or not I’m sharing on Instagram and Facebook.
The time freed up from mindless scrolling meant that I finally had time to return to my original passion – creating art and sharing my creative process on this blog.
I realized that not knowing some of the things posted on Social Media is quite nice (i.e. you can’t obsess about the invitation you didn’t get if you don’t know about it). Not to mention that it’s less stressful to ask a friend about their life’s goings-on because you genuinely don’t know…than to deal with the guilt that they’ll suspect that you haven’t been paying close attention to their Facebook feed.
Though it took two weeks, I started to realize that I really missed reading.
ACTUAL BOOKS. (BIG LONG BOOKS!)
And so I’ve resumed reading Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No Ordinary Time – a book about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt which I’m embarrassed to admit I started back in my pre-Social Media days.
(I’ve also started reading a news article aloud in my native Portuguese every day and my Domestic Goddess cooking sprees show no signs of abating.)
Date night with my husband!