As February draws to a close, so does my social media fast. It was a surprisingly quick and relatively painless experiment. And my experience will definitely impact how I use social media, going forward.
- I was right. Social media keeps me from being 100% present with my son, my husband, and my family. In the past, I spent a great deal of time staring at my phone, absentmindedly.
- Surprisingly, I didn’t really feel any “FOMO” during this period. Especially when I spent my occasional 5-10 minutes browsing Facebook at night.
- Time On Facebook has been time wasted, for me. A month without Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat has allowed me to read more, write more, and think more.
- My anxiety has lessened. I am not reading overwhelmingly negative news, and not seeing endless comments from internet trolls.
Social media isn’t a horrible thing. It’s just important to use it in moderation. Going forward, I will continue to limit my social media use:
- I intend to continue using Instagram and Facebook. They allow me to keep in touch with friends and family.
- I will be more aware of how much time I spend on these sites and apps.
- I am going to limit my feeds. This will allow me to still post and interact, while limiting my exposure to the negative.
Did you try a social media fast? How did it go? Share your experiences in the comment section below.