So I have now completed 50 hours of a personal blackout of social media, and the good news is I survived! The world did not collapse, I did not have food envy and I actually managed a few more conversations than ‘normal’.
Friday night I took a little while to contemplate what was to face me over the next two days, a final fix of Facebook, an updated status to tell the world I would be gone, but not for long, and not to panic about my lack of updates and activities, I was safe, and will be back online on Monday!
The habit of just picking up my phone during the boring television bits was a temptation I needed to resist, so said phone was placed a suitable walking distance away from the comforts of the sofa.
Some say you sleep better without the constant stream of information from social media. I have to say that for the three nights of this experiment I don’t think I have had such a broken and disrupted sleep for many years. Although I do put some of this in part to the excitement of the Olympics and the lateness of some key events!
Anyway night one I found quite strange as I actually had a dream about social media, my brain was playing tricks on me, telling me to check my phone, see what’s happening in the world. But no, I resisted the temptation.
Saturday morning was spent around the house, entertaining and engaging with my children, and generally keeping busy. Although I did see a friend in the morning who asked if they could connect with me on Facebook. I told them of course but I would not accept their request until Monday!
The afternoon was spent outside walking in the countryside. I could see my wife taking pictures and uploading content to Facebook. I resisted and kept my distance and phone well and truly in my pocket. Day one survived!
Sunday offered up some new challenges as it was my dad’s birthday and the usual picture with said parent and update post on Facebook needed to be avoided. So I sent a good old fashioned text message (the deal was no social media!) to wish him a happy birthday and see you later greeting.
The afternoon was a family gathering, BBQ, drinks in the garden and then a rounder’s match and a game of football. Everything captured on a ‘real’ camera instead of the instant updates to the world through Facebook and Instagram. Day two survived! Only one more sleep to go!
Monday morning – free of the shackles, freedom to access all social media. Woke up, made a coffee, and honestly was not worried about opening the apps! Honestly. No idea what changed so quickly, or why, but maybe my cold turkey weekend taught me that life really does not just revolve around that virtual window to other people’s lives? I am not stopping social media, but I hope from now on I will not be so addicted to it!
Three things I have learned this weekend:
- Remember to turn off all notifications on social media before starting the experiment (I did not read the twitter notification – honestly!)
- If you don’t use social media your phone battery actually lasts a really long time!
- Don’t tell friends and family when they are with you that you are not using social media for the weekend! They are always very helpful to try and give you updates and show you pictures on their phones!
I guess we have to accept that social media is now a way of life, and we learn to embrace it. I personally think that the more you limit it the more engaged in life you become. Don’t tell anyone but I actually really enjoyed this challenge! Thanks Hypnotherapy Directory for setting this challenge!