I Deleted All My Social Media — Here’s How My Life Changed After Only A Week

I Deleted All My Social Media — Here’s How My Life Changed After Only A Week

For too long, social media took over my life and I’d find myself looking down at my phone instead of being engaged with the world around me. The amount of time I used to spend on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. is mind-blowing and kind of depressing. In an attempt to get my life back, I decided to delete all my social media — and I was shocked at how much my life changed.

  1. I’ve Started Focusing On My Hobbies. Within in a few hours of deleting all the social media apps off my phone, I realized that I needed something to distract myself from the FOMO I was experiencing. I went back to what my true passions were before social media took over my life, and writing as at the top of the list. All I needed was my computer, headphones, and a few hours of alone time.
  2. Instead Of Liking A Status Or Picture, I Call Or Text People Personally.  Commenting on someone’s wall to wish them a happy birthday or congratulate them on a life achievement is so robotic and unemotional. We should be picking up our phones and making it personal again. Once I started sending a personal text to my friends instead of commenting on their Facebook walls, I stood out among everyone. I started to become a person again rather than being lumped into a bunch of randoms who took five seconds to post a message online.
  3. I’ve Quickly Realized Who My Truest Friends Are. Deleting myself from social media was a true test of who was going to make it out alive. I was prepared to lose a few friends and flings in the process, and that’s exactly what happened. The people who made an effort to get in touch with me by text or phone were the ones I knew truly care about me.
  4. I Sleep Way Better. Not only did I discover the miracle of the “Do Not Disturb” button on an iPhone but I also stopped incessantly checking Instagram before I fell asleep and actually looked at something other than a glowing screen before bed. I put down my phone and picked up a book instead. Reading slowed my brain down while social media stimulated it. I was able to shut down faster and fall asleep more easily.
  5. I’ve Stopped Feeling Judged and Comparing Myself To Other People. Whether it’s conscious or subconscious, when we’re scrolling through endless streams of social media status updates and photos, we’re comparing ourselves and our lives to what we’re looking at. It’s the #relationshipgoals and the #gymdays that make us feel like we aren’t doing enough. Once I got off social media, I stopped all that and it felt pretty amazing.
  6. I Don’t Feel The Need To Jump Every Time My Phone Goes Off. Social media and phone addiction are real things, to the point where we jump up immediately when we hear that old notification ding. Being able to ignore that was one of the best experiences I never knew I needed. I started leaving my phone in my bedroom when I would get ready for work or making breakfast.
  7. I Pay Way More Attention To The Things Around Me. I used to spend way too much time taking selfies or pictures of my food, trees, and God knows what else to post on my Instagram page. Since deleting my accounts, I’ve actually started putting down my phone and paying attention to what’s happening in the world around me.
  8. I Appreciate My Appearance Without Having To Take A Selfie Every Time. The amount of time I spent getting the perfect lighting and angle for a selfie to get “likes” on Instagram was really sad when I sit back and think about it. Instead of taking a selfie for stranger’s approval, I just need to look in the mirror instead and know that I’m beautiful. I’m not 100 percent there yet, but I’m trying.
  9. I Don’t Feel As Out Of The Loop As I Expected. Before deleting my accounts, I was afraid that I was going to miss an engagement or baby announcement — then I realized half of those announcements are from people that were never close to me in the first place. I don’t need to know that the kid who sat behind me in chem class 10 years got engaged and is having a baby. My best friends are the only ones I care about achieving those big life moments and I’ll be the first one they call when it happens. I won’t hear about it from social media first and that’s how I prefer it.
  10. I’m Still The Same Person Without Social Media. Considering I spent a large portion of my time on social media, I didn’t know what I’d be like without it. I was afraid I’d drift away from what was going on in the world and be totally out of the loop, but after a week without it, I’m still the same person I always was. I don’t have FOMO on trivial Facebook statuses or Instagram selfies. I still talk to all of my best friends every day and am current on all their life events without social media. There’s always an option to go back, but for now, I’ll stick to life without it.
28-year-young writer with a love for reality TV, boy bands, Tinder, and being the most bad ass single lady on the East Coast.