It’s been a week since I tried out social media detoxing, and this is the follow-up article that continues and concludes the previous one.
Your phone’s charged up, but are you?
I was expecting to struggle through the week without social media as I constantly feel disconnected and left out. However, I felt content. Being away for the week actually recharged me. I contribute that to the fact that I decided to do this detox willingly. There was a point last year when I got cut off from social media when I had to get my phone fixed, and that week was hell for me. I was expecting the worst based on that past experience but ended up being pleasantly surprised.
I kept a journal for the week of my detox and recorded my screen time and thoughts. Due to being away from social media, I had nothing distracting me and found myself with time on my hands. I became very productive and even went to bed at a reasonable time and got plenty of sleep (which has been unheard of).
The initial days were a little rough in terms of breaking my phone usage habits. I’d be constantly checking my phone, thinking I’d see a new notification on my screen. But past that, it feels really good to be selfish and not care about other people’s lives; to just devote all your time and attention on yourself. That’s what led to my self-improvement within a week. Despite the inability to communicate via platforms like Facebook, I found myself texting my friends to keep up with them.
Daily Social Media Statistics (Post-Detox):
- 3 hrs screen time
- 30-40 (phone) pickups
I would definitely recommend a social media detox for people who genuinely want to do it and are ready to break away. Honestly, the attachment is close to an addiction. So to receive the best results from a detox or a break from something, you have to be mentally prepared to part from it.