Why I’ve Taken A Social Media Break
It’s that time of year where you really notice that it is definitely not summer anymore. Long gone are the days where you could leave the house without a coat, and now are the days where you need hat, gloves and scarf to put the bins out. It is cold and I do not like it. I’ve always been the type of person who’s mood is affected by the weather, so for me, these chilly days don’t half make it tough to go to the gym at 8am on a Monday morning…
Now, there have been some changes in my life since this weather has turned a lot colder. I’m still doing my best to eat vegan and to keep my water intake up; but I’ve also found that vegan mug cakes are becoming all too frequent. Not only that I’ve made some changes when it comes to my phone use. If you remember in my post on the Moments App I talked about my need to cut down on my phone use, and this seems to have made me change my social media habits too. I should also add, that my current daily screen time is down to 2hrs and 12 mins. That’s 30 minutes less than it was at the time of writing the post on it! I think that’s a good change! I also managed to do an entire day last week without even touching my phone!
I’m sure if you’ve been following my social media accounts since the beginning of my blogging days; you’ve probably noticed that usually I’m a frequent Instagrammer. But, in the last month or so my activity on Instagram has been almost non-existent. It’s not because I’ve stopped taking pictures or haven’t done anything ‘photo worthy’. It’s simply because I’m choosing not too.
I think it’s partly because I’m having a bit of life realisation recently. If my post on “being an adult” wasn’t enough to give that away! I just feel there is more to life than the internet; sure it has good things like netflix and news, but it doesn’t half have a load of crap. I would much rather read a book or spend time with friends than scrolling aimlessly through Instagram. As a result of now of my Moments challenges I’ve deleted Twitter off my phone. The task was to delete it for the day, but I haven’t had the urge to re-download it, so what is the point?!
Taking an active decision to not post on Instagram is quite empowering. I used to hold so much importance on getting the right aesthetic for my feed and increasing my follower count. I know I said in my 2017 goals about improving my social media following, but that really is not at the forefront of my mind right now. Of course it is a little sad to see my follower count fall in the last weeks, but there are more important things in life. Number one, I’m healthy; two, I have a home to live in thats safe; number three, I have so many other things that are important it would be silly to write them all out!
The reason I’m writing this post is simple. Take a break. Take an opportunity to sit back and reassess your life, and how you are living it. You may not be the sort of person that is concerned about Instagram followers or you might be. I’m not saying its bad to care about these things, but I am saying it’s important to know what is important in your life.
Life is too short and too precious. And to those of us living in the Western world, we have far too much privilege to sweat over follower count.