Are you addicted to social media and need a break or want to quit altogether but feel like you can’t?
This is a real thing. People are addicted to social media. You may not be, but many others around you are in one way or another. The more I find myself explaining to people why I walked away from social media, the more it makes me aware of how sucked in we are — we as in our society as well as we as individuals. People are amazed to learn that I could/would quit social media when I was such an “inspiration” on there.
(My intention here is not to talk shit about social media or its users. My intention is to start the conversation of where we are with it.)
When I explain to people why I quit, more often than not, I get one of these two responses, “I wish I could quit social media,” or “I’ve been wanting to take a break from social media.” Having a conversation with people about this topic never ceases to cause some sort of reflection in the person I am engaging with, and this is thrilling for me. It’s thrilling because I feel I am making a tiny contribution to bringing people back to the real world, back to the place of beauty, where even if there are bad things happening, there are good ones happening, too. There isn’t a slew of bad news or nasty memes degrading a group of people trying to jump out at me every other time I check my phone. When I check my phone now, I only see text messages or missed calls.
Social media addiction is a real thing and I want to help those who want a way out. I know what both sides feel like, and I want to stay on this greener pasture — I mean this metaphorically and literally.
If you resonate with any of this, I’d like to challenge you to make a memory this week for you and only you. Don’t document any of it. Enjoy the moment and be present with it. Be present with all of the emotions that come with it, even the negative ones like fighting yourself for wanting to take a picture or record a video. Let yourself feel. If you try this, let me know how it goes. (There is no failing. You accomplish something even if you don’t get through the moment without documenting it.)
If you’d like to read more on my experience with unplugging from social media, I invite you to read the linked blog post I wrote for FitBottomedMamas.com.