Social Media on Mute

December 5, 2013

Filed in: Life, Reagan, Thoughts

In October, I decided that during the month of November I would do a 30-day fast from social media. I felt that it was important for me to put the phone down, close the constantly open Facebook tab on my laptop and just let my mind breath from all that is social media.

After a few days, Facebook started emailing me “Hey, you’re missing out on what your friends are doing online…and you have event invites! You don’t want to miss out do you?!?!?!?!” Some of my FB friends also started texting to make sure I was OK, and that Reagan was OK, and I appreciated the concern…but it also confirmed it was time for a break.

Don’t get me wrong, I like keeping up with everyone and also posting pictures of Reagan…speaking of which, you guys missed when we put Reagan inside of a Pumpkin.

Pumpkin Spice this, Starbucks!

Pumpkin Spice this, Starbucks!

But it’s easy to get caught up with who posted what and it can also be suffocating in the sense that your mind is divided between what your friends online are doing vs. what is happening right in front of you.  I felt it would be a good to let my face bask in more sunlight instead of backlight from my phone and laptop.

So, November 1 started my 30-day break and during that time I hung out with more friends, went on longer walks and found new ways to entertain Reagan while at home.  I started a project for Reagan’s birthday party, which is months away, I started juicing fruits and vegetables, I cleaned out our pantry which I recommend everyone do (canned foods from 2007 are not going to be good) and most importantly I let my mind breathe. I allowed my thoughts to come and didn’t distract my mind with social media, I let myself think things through and I regained clarity.

Reagan and I also laughed A LOT!

When December 1 came, I didn’t rush back on to Facebook or Instagram, I didn’t go on for a few more days. I have no idea how many things I “missed” online, plus it seemed like a daunting task to try and “catch up” and I had found other things to do with my time during that 30-days…it wasn’t as important for me to know everything.

Staying off social media for 30 days was a challenge, and in the beginning I wanted to go on…but I never did. Toward the end, I wanted to break my silence with my fiery blog about my Obama health care update, but I didn’t…even though I really really wanted to. You can read that post here.

All in all, it was good for me personally to get that mental break from social media and I’d highly recommend a 30-day hiatus to people who are on it every day. I use Facebook for business and I was worried that I might skip a beat, but I didn’t…if someone wants to find me to buy or sell their house, there’s a million other ways to contact me and people figured it out.

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