Why I Quit Social Media
I deleted everything, got off Facebook, deleted my Instagram profile, and stopped Snapchatting. I was into the social media game hard and wanted some peace and quiet. I always new social media was never really “social.”
Find out why I quit social media for 3 years and why you may want to have your own 7-day social media detox.
I quit social media because it wasn’t serving any positive purpose in my life. It was a waste of time as far as I could see, and it wasn’t helping me progress in any way. For you maybe it’s different although the constant garbage and media online would be a nice thing to stop viewing for a week.
Social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, and whatever else exists now is used all over the world every minute of the day. I got sick and tired of how fake everything seemed and how much of a distraction it was in my life.
Focus is so limited these days and I’m sure that scrolling the endless feed minute after minute contributes to this short attention span. Yes, social can be a fantastic way to communicate and reach people and clients all over the globe. I’m not saying it’s all bad, but there are some big reasons why you may need to lay off it for a while.
I recently got back on platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook for my business Your Optimal Lifestyle. I don’t have personal profiles and don’t intend too. My previous profiles I once had are gone forever.
So, let’s get into some key reasons why a social detox may be for you:
You struggle to focus for longer than 5 minutes on something
You can’t sit still and think for even 2 minutes on your own
Daydreaming and sitting alone quietly are out of the question
Your attached to your phone all day everyday
The first think you do each morning is unlock your phone
The last thing you do before bed is look at your phone
You are feeling depressed or bad about how your life sucks compared to all the glam online
It’s not helping you achieve your goals
It’s not helping you reach any further progress in life
It’s not benefiting you in any way
All your free time is used scrolling your feeds
If all you watch is funny cat videos and other mind-numbing videos
As you can see this is a short list of some reasons why you may want to take a break from all social media. For the sake of this post and knowing how much people scroll I would recommend starting with a 7-day detox. This would be 7 full days in a row Monday to Sunday without opening ONE social media platform for anything…
If you’re someone who is constantly unlocking your phone to check your IG feed this could be a tough one. Although, I do recommend trying to master a week off to start to see some benefits in your life.
I knew I was going to delete it all and not got back on for a long time. This didn’t bother me because really when was the last time you needed Facebook to have one of your friends “contact information?” I hear excuses all the time because people “need” social media to stay connected, but from my experience it’s just the opposite. Sitting on your couch looking at your phone is not connected…
Going out with people or to family functions where everyone is in the same room, but no one is engaging with one another. Maybe it’s a generation thing because people younger than I seem to be 100% addicted to their devices.
Start with this 7-day social media detox I recommend and let me know what you discovered. If you master this and feel great aim for a 30-day detox. You may start to find that the world still moves on even if you’re not checking your feed every 5 minutes.
I highly recommend you read a book called Deep Work by Cal Newport. I read this after I was already off all social platforms for about 6-months or so. Newport goes into his own story of why he doesn’t use social media. Saying that many of us need to get back to the roots of “deep work”.
That is uninterrupted work without any other distractions for a few hours at a time. Multi-tasking is extremely inefficient and learning how to focus on one objective at a time will be the real difference maker in one’s life.
If you’re interested in making a change in your life pickup Deep Work and try my 7-day social media detox. Once you’ve done these tackle the 30-day detox. Being able to think, sit in silence, and be present is more important than ever these days. Get back to the basics of deep work in your life.
If you want to continue using social do it, I have nothing against it. I just want you to understand that it is an addiction for many people and the creators want to keep you hooked. The more you scroll the more money they can earn on their platforms through paid ads.
Create a timeframe to check your socials each day if you find yourself opening your phone and hopping on IG for a quick 30-minutes here and there. Setting up a simple plan to go on social from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. as well as 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday would be smart. That way you’re not wasting away your time and days.
While I’m back on platforms now I am careful of the times of day and length of time I am on the platforms. I never wake up and check socials or look at them before bed. This is purely wasting away the most critical times in your day on garbage (in my opinion).
By building the positive habits like reading, meditating, scheduling, planning, or exercising morning and night you will get so much more out of life. If you don’t want to take my word for it try it yourself.
Start your 7-day social detox today. Let me know in the comments below how your journey is going or better yet send me an email. Stop wasting away your most asset in life - time. Take charge and make a difference once and for all.
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Chris M Wilson
Entrepreneur & Purpose Coach
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