Why I Decided to ‘Disconnect’

I have always had this strange love/hate relationship with social media…

Since the days of Myspace and IM, I would repeatedly go on random little vacations away from the  world of altered photos and ‘status updates’. But I would always get sucked back in.

It is addicting, and honestly I would always feel like shiitake after.

I would spend valuable time comparing my life, body, hobbies, and career to others, and half the time these “others” weren’t even people who I socialized with or who cared about my well-being. I always felt like I could be doing more, doing better, or just doing something else. I didn’t even acknowledge the positive things I had going on in my own life, because I was so focused on the ‘great things’ everyone else on the internet was doing.

Everyone always puts their best foot forward on social media. I know I always did. No one posts that they didn’t get the job they wanted, or snaps a selfie mid-allergy cold/just woke up/bad hair day/just cried over American-Idol/bad spray tan. But these are all normal moments in life, so comparing yourself to other people on social media is unrealistic and impossible to live up to.

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An old filtered Instagram picture of a floating beer in Paris, France.

There have been studies done on the negative affects social media has on one’s mood and well-being. I am no expert, but I have seen the affects in my own life. Which is why I chose to disconnect…completely. Cold turkey.

It wasn’t easy. Sadly, there were many times that I picked up my phone to check Facebook or Instagram out of boredom and habit. Eventually I grew used to not relying on social media to fill up awkward silences or late-night boredom, and as a result I began to have more time to read, my sleep improved, my happiness improved, and my overall mindset about my life and my decisions changed for the better. It sounds extreme, but it is amazing  what disconnecting myself from social media did for my happiness and health.

My decision to disconnect from social media is entirely personal, and I did what I felt was best for myself as an individual. I do see the benefits of social media, such as networking, connecting with old friends/family, and exchanging new and thought-provoking information.

As with everything, there are the pros-and-cons.

 

 

 

 

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Author: elementsofhill

Feminist, coffee enthusiast, writer.

4 thoughts

  1. There is way too much truth to this post. I I don’t know why people (for example) take a picture of a sunset and share it online instead of just enjoying it in the real-life moment. Technology is a blessing and a curse. Very well said.

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    1. It is true! I find myself at times getting caught up seeing things from behind a lens, and I when that happens I really just need to take a step back and enjoy what’s in front of me. Thank you for your kind words, and it is true that technology is a curse and a blessing

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      1. Exactly! The world is becoming more and more technology-filled by the minute, there’s no going back. We’re doomed lol And, you’re very welcome! (:

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