I’ve Gone 3 Days Without Social Media, and I’m Better Than Ever

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I stared at the blanched white ceiling up above. There was a hole there…but what for?  It was in the middle of the room…maybe they meant to put in a ceiling fan and never got around to it? No, it was much too small.

I had woken up twenty minutes before my alarm clock. I was awake, there was no doubting that, but I had no intention of getting out of bed just yet.

This happens quite a bit, ever since I tried to go one week without sleeping in. Usually, I roll over to the right, dumbly punch the password into my phone, and browse Facebook, or Twitter, or scroll through the strangest thread I can find on Reddit. Anything to keep me casually entertained and avoid the long shuffle to the shower, which alternates firmly between frigid, Arctic cold, and blistering, magma hot.

On this day, no such diversion could be found, and I stared at the ceiling, for a moment or two, before reciting mentally, “Screw it” and grabbing for the black bath towel.


Of all the challenges I’ve faced, in this project and otherwise, one week without social media has been the easiest, most enjoyable, and most effective, by far.

Put simply, the primary change that this challenge has brought upon my life is that I need a reason to get on the computer or look at my phone. I cannot overstate the significance of this.

Need to write something? No problem.

Check email? Done.

Remember who pitched game 7 in the 1973 World Series? Sure.

Author’s note: It was Ken Holtzman pitching for the A’s vs. Jon Matlack tossing for the Mets (Holtzman would prevail).  

But when I get on the computer out of boredom or habit, I stare at the screen for a moment, quickly realize that I have absolutely nothing to do, and go do something else instead. It sounds simple, I know, but living without the wasted hours so often stolen by the rabbit hole of the internet is positively remarkable.

I’ve yet to formulate a plan for how to deal with this revelation once this challenge is over. A part of me would like to delete my social media accounts entirely. Still, as I noted previously, social media can be an incredibly useful tool, and especially comes in handy where this blog is concerned. It’s definitely something to think about over the second half of this challenge.

Any suggestions?

-s

Start your own One Week With/out challenge!  Begin here.

Comments

  1. says

    Dude, your observation about needing a reason to get on your compy/phone is excellent. I love this experiment!

    WRT your question at the end, I think you already answered it.

    When you got rid of social media, what you really did was vow only to use your communication devices in ways that add value to your life.

    What if you were to apply the same principle to your social media accounts?

    • says

      Phoenix, great points as always! I think you’re spot on about only using communication devices in ways that add value.

      The tough part is enforcing this, unless I develop a more solid definition. Something to work on?

  2. says

    “Usually, I roll over to the right, dumbly punch the password into my phone, and browse Facebook, or Twitter, or scroll through the strangest thread I can find on Reddit. ”
    Haha exactly what I experience sometimes.
    I’m not a fan of social media but when you I don’t have anything to do, social media automatically becomes my go-to entertainment. Not good.