What's a social media detox like?

Around 3 weeks ago I decided to take a break from social media. Announcing it, on social media, wasn't dramatic to say in the least.
In my earlier post, I talked a little bit about my reasons for doing a social media detox. So, did it work? Well, I found that...

1. I did read more.
I completed my Goodreads reading challenge pretty easily. With nothing to keep me distracted, I was basically the non-magical equivalent of Dark Willow from Buffy. 
(Sorrynotsorry for the awesome/geeky reference)
2. I don't think I slept much better

An unfortunate side effect of reading more is sometimes I got a little too obsessed with a book and stayed up all night reading it.

3. I did feel like I was more present and productive

Being off social media gives you a bit of perspective on just how much time you waste on your phone; I was shocked at how many times I found myself reaching for my phone during a boring work meeting. (How am I still employed?)

4. I did have a lot less FOMO

I had to go to India for corrective eye surgery, so while in the past I would have been a little hateful that other people were having a more fun time than I was during the holidays...
I didn't have constant reminders about it on social media. 

Life after logging back in has been... not much different. I did realize just how in the dark I was about world/pop culture events; celebrity deaths, Kylie Jenner's outfits, natural disasters, Donald Trump. It all came flooding back into my timeline and it was overwhelming. 

If you decide to do it yourself, it's worth it enough to see your friends and family react like you decided to join a cult/have an unplanned pregnancy (no joke, someone asked me if that was the reason.)

Would you do a social media detox to start off 2017? Let me know. Hit me up in the comments (or if you can't be bothered, on Twitter😉)

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4 reasons for my "Social Media Detox"

A few weeks ago, there was a massive outcry across various media outlets. Over what, pray tell? Kendall Jenner had deleted her Instagram.

What prompted one of the most followed people on social media to do this? In her own words:

"I just wanted to detox," she told Ellen DeGeneres (seriously, this was addressed on a talk show).

"I just wanted a little bit of a break. I would wake up in the morning and I would look at it first thing. I would go to bed and it was the last thing that I would look at," she said. "I felt a little too dependent on it."

Granted, I don't have millions of followers hanging on my every tweet, however I recently noticed I had been missing out on a few precious hours of sleep due to mindlessly scrolling through hypnotic slime videos on Instagram. 

So I decided to delete all my social apps. Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Youtube and even Tinder—all gone.

My goals:

1. To read more.

My reading challenge target is what I have my eye on.

2. Sleep better
3. Be more present and productive

4. Rid myself of FOMO (you know, that annoying feeling where you think cooler people are doing cooler things than you are)

By the end of day one, I had hit the gym, read through half the book I had been struggling with and had created an outline for this very blog post (after not blogging for more than half a year!)

I don't know how long I'll last, I did cave and read a few tweets on my laptop today. Also I may have talked about my detox to anyone who will listen—I would be an insufferable vegan.

Let's see if I can keep it up for a month or at least until I reach my reading target.

So until then, you can reach me by carrier pigeon! 😘

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