How Meta's latest offering prompted a social media detox
10000000%. I'm so with you dear Margit. Let's enjoy life OFF our screens.
I am downloading One Sec immediately!
Thank you for saying this outloud. I'm taking inventory right now and getting off the merry go round too. Can't believe you loose your Instagram....grrrrrr!
This is thoughtful and excellent, Margit! Thank you. I’m on Threads and am loving its sense of fun and promise--and/but am really trying to be mindful about how and when I pick up my phone. So appreciate your sharing where you’re at. (And can one of those upcoming leisurely lunches please be with me?)
My social media use has definitely ramped up over the last year and I needed this nudge to reign it in. It's so easy to fall into.
Also, if anyone wants to join me on this detox let me know - we can do a little check in with each other on how it's going!
I've been on a social media sabbatical. I went through several years of being on social media a lot, then one summer I went on vacation, which was a natural way for me to stop, and on my return realized how nice it was NOT to feel a compulsion to post the next thing. I never really went back to it in the same way. Something about my relationship to it changed and now I find it a chore more often than not - rather than fun, which I used to. I know I'm not up on stuff, but I spend so much time on screens as it is just doing my regular work. I don't want my whole life to disappear into a screen.
I have taken breaks before. What I think you'll feel, Margit, is good! It's a relief. Yes, I'm on Threads with the overly optimistic hope of driving Insta people here (didn't have much luck from Insta itself). But turning off notifications, and adding a delightfully relaxing tone for phone calls (yes, I'm of the generation who still talks), texts and emails (can't escape work) is also key. I purposely chose alerts I found soothing rather than ones that struck panic/stress/a Pavlovian response. Enjoy your break! xo
I deleted Fb, Twitter, LinkedIn and tiktok over 4 years ago. I don’t allow notifications from any social apps just business email is allowed. Even my text messages are on vibration only. I put my phone on focus which allows me to set times my phone will ring. IG will no longer let me post simultaneoulsy to my biz FB page, so I'll go on the FB biz suite and literally time myself to 5minutes in case I start scrolling on my personal wall.
I’ve never been a big twitter fan and TikTok is just silly and thirsty to me IMHO.
I like IG because I am an artist besides being a biz owner. So pictures are purrfect for me batman.
My one remaining game app I can’t kick is playing Royal Match before bed.
I used to keep my phone charging in another room for several years about 7 years ago.
I recommend reading “Stolen Focus” by Johann Hari.
Read Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport in January and went on a 30-day Digital Detox (NO social media at all)...it was really hard for 7 days, and then it just wasn't. I was on Day 33 when I realized my month had ended and I hadn't even noticed.
Since then, I still dip into IG most days, but have my timer set to 15 mins so I don't get stuck too long (and I do hit "Ignore for 15 more minutes" like a trained monkey so don't saint me.) FB only to make sure my MIL is still alive and posting ;) Twitter once a week, maybe. So when the Threads announcement was made I thought "meh." I'm here in non-Threads land to tell you - it's just fine.
Good luck! It's really worth it. (I just finished reading my 25th book this year.)
I tried One Sec and didn’t like it. Seems like I’d have to subscribe to fine tune it for it to be a bit better, and I didn’t feel like I needed it, because...
I love the Opal app!! It really helps keep my usage in check: https://apps.apple.com/app/id1497465230
Everything in moderation, even moderation. 😉
Personally I love being able to do work from anywhere from this tiny little handheld device. I don’t want to be forced to go sit at a desk or have my laptop everywhere to be productive.
However, wasting time (vs actually being productive) is a whole other matter... hence Opal’s helpful limits that snap me out of my IG wormholes. 🤭
I’ve managed to pull back from social media or else I would never get anything done!! We survived without it in the past!! You can do it!!
Found this wise piece through the Gloria NL and am applauding loudly. I cold turkey quit Instagram in April and while I do miss it, everything in my life has improved, most notably my memory (I'm 32) and my ability to sit with my own thoughts. Enormous relief. Admittedly I really miss keeping up and having great DM conversations. But it wasn't worth it. I didn't want to spend any more of my kids' childhood scrolling.
That quote about switching sapping your creativity...that's an eye-opener for me. I spend way too much time with my phone in my hand, but more time texting friends and using non-social productivity apps like banking, meditation, etc. At least I think. Even if I don't delete my apps, I might impose more "dark" hours away from my phone: I have a pinched nerve in my neck that could be "tech neck".