A Digital Detox
Hi, my name is Michelle and I’m a social media addict.
Honestly, I don’t know how it happened. Several months ago, I established really great boundaries for myself and stopped mindlessly scrolling through my social media feeds for a few months. My productivity increased, morale was at an all-time high, and everything was going smoothly. But before I knew it - I was drawn back into the sea of the Internet by the siren’s song of Instagram and YouTube.
Okay, I may be a little bit dramatic, but for real, my social media addiction needs to be put to an end. Now.
The thing is that I’ve done this before. I cut myself off from Instagram for a few days. Sooner or later, FOMO sets in, but it’s not FOMO for parties or getaways. No, it’s FOMO on staring mindlessly at my damn phone. So this time, things are going to be a little bit different.
I don’t necessarily want to break up with social media permanently. That would be incredibly counterproductive. Not only would I no longer be able to create and post meaningful content, I wouldn’t be able to be a part of the community that makes these platforms so valuable. I just want to be less of a stage-four-super-clinger girlfriend to Instagram and YouTube and create a healthy distance between us. Be a little less codependent. So here’s how I’m going to do it:
Set time limits
I’m going to spend a maximum of 15 minutes on Instagram and YouTube per day. That’s it. Sure, I’ll be missing out on a lot of new content, but sometimes that’s a good thing. Comparison is the thief of joy, and I can say confidently that I often succumb to the feedback loop of comparing myself to others on social media. I also think this will be a healthy way to reboot my creativity and get inspired to create content.
Set hour restrictions
The first two hours I wake up and the last two hours of my day before I go to sleep are going to be four blissful tech free hours. The lack of blue light constantly in my face might improve my quality of sleep too. I’ll keep you updated on this highly scientific experiment.
Put it away
There are too many hours I could’ve spent with loved ones, but spent it with my face buried into my phone instead. I’m going to take this opportunity to create unforgettable memories with people I care about and maybe make some new friends along the way.
This digital detox is going to start on October 1st.
I’ll keep you updated and let you know how it goes throughout the next few months!
Feel free to join me on this little detoxifying journey and keep me updated (ironically) on social media :)