5 things I learned from taking a social media break


Blogging / Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

I recently took a bit of a social media break for personal reasons. I might talk about those reasons one day, but right now I’m going to talk about something else: what I learned from taking a breather from the constant scrolling/tweeting/liking cycle.

I wouldn’t consider myself a social media addict, but as a blogger, millennial (just barely) and digital marketing professional, I’d be on social media sites a lot. If I had a spare few seconds – while I was waiting for the kettle to brew, while my toddler was distracted, while my laptop was booting up – I’d be on them. Pull down to refresh. Pull down to refresh. Pull down to refresh. I did it without thinking, without purpose. It was like scratching an itch.

I needed to stop. So I did. And I learned some stuff.

1. If you take a social media break, no one will notice

Literally no one is sitting around waiting for your next Facebook post or tweet. Their feeds are full of other people shouting about themselves, and they won’t miss you. Not even your biggest fans. Probably not even your friends.

If you’re worried that people will forget about you if you’re not posting in their faces constantly, they will – but that’s okay. There are worse things. Like milk bath photos.

All across the world, women are going to their partners and saying, “Hey, I’m going to put on a see-through dress and get into the bath with our baby. I need you to pour some milk all over us and scatter some flowers around my head, then take a picture.” And their partners ARE DOING IT.

The internet is so weird.

2. When you stop using social media, you suddenly have ALL THE TIME

The average person checks their phone 150 times a day. Stop doing that and all of a sudden you realise, “Wait…I can actually READ now. Like, a book.” I stopped posting on social media for a week and I found time to read two books, start writing a novel and catch up on The Good Place.

And if The Good Place isn’t a good use of your time, I don’t know what is.

3. It’s nice to actually talk to people

Yes, it can be fun to exchange witty bantz with strangers on Twitter, but you know what’s even better? Having an actual conversation with an actual person who’s sitting in front of you. Your partner, maybe. Your child. That friend who’s just poured you a big glass of wine.

Hello, friend. Let’s chat.

4. You don’t miss anything

You know what’s happening on social media right now? People are posting photos their dinner (#foodporn #foodgasm). Promoting the shit out of their latest blog post. Complaining about the weather. Arguing about “lady Doritos”. Calling each other Nazis.

Seriously. There’s nothing to see here.

5. But you can’t escape social media forever

Some people bravely delete all their social media apps from their phones, but I’m never going to be one of those people. Social media is part of my job. In fact, while I was going through my personal social media break, I was writing a 10,000 word social media strategy for my employer. I may not have been checking Facebook, but I was definitely thinking about it.

And, if I’m honest, part of me missed the daily chat in my Twitter DM inbox and Facebook groups. Social media has connected me to some of my closest friends, and I’ll always be grateful to it for that. But it’s also a bit of a time-sucking bastard, and I’m determined not to let it steal my focus.

Here’s to more mindful social media usage. To reading (and writing) more. To phone-free, wine-filled nights with friends.

Cheers.

5 things I learned from taking a social media break 

A blogging good time

Tammymum

14 Replies to “5 things I learned from taking a social media break”

  1. Love this! I promised myself I’d go one day per week sans social media.

    I’ve not managed to do it yet. But your post gives me hope and promise! #Ablogginggoodtime

  2. it is funny reading this as I am tweeting away to all the wonderful bloggers like yourself that just linked up with us for #ablogginggoodtime. But I so understand what you are saying, I do get annoyed by how many times I check social media, especially Instagram I waste so much time there and I really want to read some books! The milk bath pics are lovely but totally true it is weird isn’t it. Love this post!

  3. Yup. I try my best to not be constantly on social media (purposefully leaving my phone out of reach or going on the odd trip without taking it with me), but it’s so easy to waste so much time on there. I think it’s a great idea to have a social media detox every now and then. #ablogginggoodtime

  4. You are so right. When I have a break I realise that no one gives a shit and my real friends have been waiting for me to all……I worry about how many little children get ignored because their parents are always in their phones…..Its so addictive though isn’t it? Great post. #familyfun

  5. It’s definitely a huge time suck. I recently took a complete two week break while on holiday and never so much as touched my phone. It was pure bliss and I’ve been much better at limiting my use since then.
    Thank you for joining #FamilyFunLinky x

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