s o c i a l m e d i a …
What do you think of when you hear those words?
When I think about social media, all of the good things always come to mind first. I love being able to meet other bloggers through Instagram and I have always enjoyed seeing what other people are doing through their stories and posts. Since I love photography, I love editing my photos in VSCO & being able to post them on Facebook, Instagram, or any other apps that are popular at the time.
Plus, being a communications major, social media is kinda my thing. (lol) As strange as it may sound I feel a slight pressure from my major alone to be up to date with the latest features of these apps, and know everything from when it’s the best time to post or how to upload stories to Instagram.
But social media is so complex. Sometimes I think about the bad / negative aspects of social media: comparing my life, looks, clothing, material possessions, or what I am spending my time doing with what other people are doing. Like, for instance, you are scrolling through snapchat and see that someone is working out. IDK if I am the only one, but for a split second don’t you think, “hm, maybe I should work out?” Of course, the immediate answer is always, “nahhh”
Comparison sucks, but for some of us it is so hard to help but compare what we have or where we are in life when we are constantly taking in what other people are doing through social media.
Sometimes it is hard to remember that no one wants to share a low point in their life via Snapchat or Instagram.
Sometimes it is hard to remember that no one wants to share a low point in their life via Snapchat or Instagram. We aren’t gonna post about the bad grade or the things we are self-conscious about. We always want to post positive content, good vibes only – the posts that show us at our best. I am guilty of it, and I think that this realization is the first step in conquering social media, because it is something that I believe we all do.
like…this is the reality of taking photos on the beach with the wind…
Recently I read an article on Facebook. I guess it was fate that I even found this article in the first place. Also it’s super ironic that I found an article on social media that led me to enter a social media cleanse. It just shows how complex social media truly is.
Basically, this article made me think about how much time I was spending on social media. I will admit, I enjoy some platforms more than others. While I love Instagram, I was beginning to hate Snapchat, but I always felt obliged to check through every story and maintain each streak with my friends. When I was going places or hanging out with friends, I would actually begin to experience a feeling of obligation to Snapchat my location and show everyone where I was. (And let’s not forget about that one person you have to check and see if they watched your story once it is uploaded.)
The whole thing was just getting out of hand, so about 4 weeks ago I decided to enter a social media cleanse. When I say “social media cleanse,” I stopped checking a select group of apps, one of them being Snapchat. I chose the ones that were causing me to feel anxiety, stress, unhappiness, or compare my life to others.
An added plus, I feel even more in the moment when I go places, since I no longer feel like I have to snapchat everywhere I go.
Instead of deleting these apps, I decided to place them in a folder called “cleanse.” I guess I have a decent amount of self-control because I haven’t checked them since I put them in my folder. Surprisingly, Snapchat has been the easiest to completely cut ties with. I haven’t felt the least amount of curiosity about what other people have been doing this summer. An added plus, I feel even more in the moment when I go places, since I no longer feel like I have to snapchat everywhere I go.
I don’t want anyone to think that I am against social media as a whole, because I am not. I still use Instagram and probably check it way too much, but I am just trying to declutter my life and eliminate some of the sources that weren’t bringing me happiness anymore. I can truly say that I love Instagram because it not only connects me with my family and friends, but allows me to talk with other bloggers and form my own lifestyle blogging community.
Who knows, I will probably end up opening the apps in my cleanse folder again, but for now I am feeling content with my decision to leave them unopened.
If you related to anything I said in this article, or feel called to declutter your notifications inbox a bit, I challenge you to enter a social media cleanse. I think you will be amazed at how much more time you will have to focus on the more important things in life. Even if you cleanse yourself of only a couple of apps like I did, I believe you will notice a difference.
I kept a mental note of the things that I was able to accomplish with this time. These are just some of the things that I had more time to do…(note: I was able to do these things without checking and refreshing the apps in my folder ~ Snapchat, Facebook, VSCO, etc.)
- watch my favorite movie EVER (Devil Wears Prada) ~ this may sound dumb, but haven’t you ever sat down to watch a movie & realized halfway through that you were refreshing instagram or snapchat for a majority of the movie???
- more time in meaningful conversation with friends / family
- saved on DATA!! (say whaaatt? – we run out of data just about every month, so my mom was super happy about this)
- reading other blogs / organizing my own blog
- making bracelets & starting madauer beads
- hosting a bracelet giveaway
- relaxing on the beach
- eating healthy / successfully making a smoothie every morning for breakfast
- exercising more
- taking a bike ride with my dad every morning at the beach
One of my favorite vloggers / bloggers, Indy Blue, also wrote an awesome blog on the subject of social media / vulnerability – you can read it here. It’s amazing to read about vulnerability from the perspective of an extremely talented social media influencer like her.
If you decide to enter a social media cleanse / already have, let me know! I would love to hear about your experience or what you found most challenging about your cleanse.
thnx for reading ♡
// PS: there is still time to order a bracelet before heading back to school! DM / message me if you are interested in ordering. I accept venmo & ship! madauer beads all over the worldddd 🙂