Wednesday, 22 March 2017

3 Day Social Media Detox Review




I thought I would do a quick post on how my 3 day social media detox went, please don't be too harsh in the comments.

Day One: I am writing this at 6:30 pm because I have finished everything I need to do for the day and its a miracle. I had so much to do and it is all sorted out, I have organised my life and I feel so good. Not going on social media has been hard don't get me wrong there are a few times I have automatically clicked on the FB app then immediately clicked out because I remembered I wasn't supposed to be on it. I know that I have a friend request and four notifications, that was about midday. Honestly, it isn't even stressing me out, although I am a little like what could they be in overly not too phased. This morning I was also like I use facebook for the news (I know really reliable) and when I couldn't I have had to download the news app on my phone and I am using that instead. It is definitely strange. Twitter it hasn't bothered me too much, however, snapchat has. I tend to overshare on snapchat although I have had things happen that I have been like this would be funny to put on snapchat and I can't. It is hard. I have also wanted to snapchat friends stuff and I can't so it'll have to wait until Wednesday when I can use social media again in order to send them the stuff. I have also found that I am getting things done a lot faster because I'm not getting distracted and scrolling through social media, it is definitely a great study tip. My mum also called me today and was like did you see my post on facebook and my reply was something along the lines of "nice to know you read my blog". I then told her that I'm not using social media for three days and she was both surprised and pleased but it also made me realise that if I want to stay updated on peoples lives social media is vital; that or I actually have to talk to them which well, that ain't gonna happen. There have also been times today where I have just stared at my computer screen not knowing what to do because I can't go on social media which has actually turned my day somewhat productive as I have cut out a whole lot of cardboard that I am going to make into flashcards, which definitely wouldn't have been done otherwise. Also, I am one of those people that while watching a tv series or a movie I will scroll through my phone looking at social media and I can't do that so I am constantly looking for things to do while I am watching whatever I am watching. Hello, colouring in books!



Day two and three: I am not going to lie I cracked. I lasted one day and it was over. I know I am ashamed to say that but I also wanted, to be honest. Although I did learn a few things. First, I realised how much time I spent on social media, I was more aware when using it and would make myself stop using it. Second, people who aren't on social media or don't use cellphones what do you do when ou don't want to talk to someone? Third, we spend way to much time online. The last few day I realised that I spend way too much time online particularly at night while I am lying in bed I will spend hours just scrolling through nothing really important. I have also realised how much I need to be doing more than one thing at a time, whether it is while I am watching Netflix, walking down the street (or across the road to uni) or if I am simply just waiting for my food to cook (or waiting for my Chinese food), I am constantly on social media and what is the real benefit?





I have definitely been left with more questions after these three days and I am even thinking about having one phone free day per week. That is emails, text, social media, my whole phone will stay at home next to my bed where it goes every night.

Have you tried a social media detox? Are you addicted to social media?
Let me know in the comments below.
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16 comments

  1. Honestly, commendable that you even did a day. I don't think I can do it unless I have no access to WIFI or internet at all.

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    1. When I broke it I called one of my friends and had a half hour discussion on whether I should or not. I didn't write in the post but it was because my crush snapchatted me, I know ridiculous haha

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  2. Wow! Well done you! I am permanently attached to my phone so I would find it really hard to give it up and have a digital detox for one day let alone 3 days. :)

    Denise | The Life of Dee

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    1. It was so hard, and i am so much more aware of when I am using social media although I definitely won't be permanently giving it up any time soon!

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  3. I love some and I would not like to live a day without it. Sometimes when abroad I might be couple of hours away from some but otherwise I'm always online. And my Apple Watch makes sure that I get every notification even when my phone isn't with me. It might affect that I'm working in area of technology, thus it's essential for me to know all the apps and medias, and I'm also communicating to my colleagues and teams using them. :)

    Nora / http://dreamerachiever.com

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    1. I agree! I also get all my notifications on my apple watch so I silenced it, definitely didn't realise my reliance for entertainment on social media!

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  4. I love the idea of a social media ban for a few days but I don't think I could do it. Much like yourself, I think I'd crack after a day!x

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  5. I love to do little detox days from the social media. I don't really have a bad FOMO & it's so refreshing haha.
    You did so well!

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    1. I didn't realise I had FOMO till I was like I wonder what my friends are up to, I also live in a different city to a lot of my friends so I'm constantly looking on snapchat!

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  6. I spend a lot of time on social media. Approx. 30% of that time is personal and the rest is for my blog.

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    1. Only 30% is good for personal time! Mine is probably 50/50 although with saying that often my personal time turns into blog time!

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  7. I had an unintentional social media blackout when my phone died and it really made me realise how much I reach for my phone. I now try to be a little more mindful of how much I use it!

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    1. I have a portable charger that I HAVE to have with me, I don't know what I would do if my phone died haha

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  8. You did amazing. I wish that I could have a social media detox from time to time.

    - Melissa xx

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