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A Digital Detox – Why I’m Quitting Social Media

posted by Liam McNally March 13, 2018
Digital Detox - Why I'm Quitting Social Media

I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only who gets social media fatigue every now and then. Those episodes where you just feel like you’re done with all social media. I’ve had digital detoxes in the past, periods where I’ve stayed off all social media for a few days to kind of just recharge. And those breaks have done the world of good. But I’ve also noticed that with each detox that I take, I need longer to recharge. So now, as I feel like I need to disconnect once again, I contemplate whether to make this permanent. And here’s why.

I’m sure we are all guilty of this at some point but I am a serious procrastinator. Even writing this blog, I have spent most of it constantly checking my Twitter, Facebook page and blog stats. I’ve watched an entire movie and only gotten to this point! I’m one of those people who likes to set goals, ambitious goals and then get incredibly frustrated when I don’t achieve them. And as a Virgo, I’m incredibly hard on myself – putting myself down for not hitting targets, for not hitting a certain amount of followers etc. It’s a pretty vicious cycle and one that needs to change. By removing some of the platforms that enable my procrastination, I wonder if this would improve my focus or if it would simply shift onto other things?

I read an article recently on Business Insider where the writer quit social media for a month. They found that their wellbeing significantly improved by disconnecting. Please do read the article as it was really insightful and I absolutely feel like I could benefit as much as they did. There is absolutely an element of addiction to social media as we constantly check for notifications and I’d like to take back control of that so I can focus on things I want to do with my life. More productivity, less refreshing feeds.

I also think that disconnecting will be good for my mental health. Unfortunately, I am one of those people who constantly compares myself to others. Why do I not have as many followers as them on Twitter? How come hardly anyone replies to my tweets? Why do I get so little engagement? The list goes on and on. And it makes me feel horrible about myself. Am I not good enough? Do people just not like me? It’s not a healthy place to be. I use my Twitter and Instagram primarily for personal use. I now wonder if I should use it solely for my blog and business purposes? Share my blogs, read and comment on other blogs that I like and then switch off.

It would be really great if I was just able to use social media as it was originally intended. But I’ve found social media, in particular Twitter, has become a place of increasing negativity. Whether it’s people sending horrible abusive messages telling people to kill themselves or whatever, I’ve come to realise that I don’t actually need to have this in my life. Nobody does.

But what about my blog? How is Liam’s Life going to run and promote itself if I’m no longer online 24/7? Well I’ve worked that out. I’m hiring someone to manage my social media for me. And when I say someone, I mean my lovely supportive husband Steven. I plan to use Buffer to keep my social platforms up to date with my blog content. Steven will take control of my social accounts until a time where I feel like I’m in the right headspace to once again return. It’s just about finding the right balance and not becoming addicted to it. I’m thinking maybe 30 minutes a night where I sit with Steven and reply to emails, any notifications as well as read and comment on new blogs that I like.

How long will this detox last? I do not know. I already feel a bit panicked about missing out on funny meme’s and any exciting celeb news and I haven’t even started the detox yet. But this is a break I absolutely need. You’ll still find me on Instagram as I feel no social pressures there. I’m just on there for the pictures of cute animals and hot boys. I used to think that digital detoxes were a bad thing but I have now come to realise that it’s a good thing. It’s made me realise that my energy was going into the wrong thing. Now that I know this, I can recharge and refocus on what truly matters – being the best that I can be.

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last year's girl March 14, 2018 at 10:10 am

I don’t know if this will help, but I tried a gradual digital detox a while back as part of a blog collab. I never went back to sleeping with my phone in my bedroom, which people always seem really surprised by when I tell them. It does sound as though you have your reasons for taking more drastic action and I completely respect that. Only you know what’s best for you.

Related: I uninstalled the Facebook app from my phone during my latest bad bout of depression which, since it’s blocked at work, means I now only use it on my laptop at home (which is pretty rare, as I’m trying not to work in the evenings anymore as far as I am able). It was only ever intended to be temporary, but I honestly don’t miss it.


McNally March 14, 2018 at 10:35 am

Hey Lis,

Thanks for sharing your link, I’ve added it to my read list.

I did actually think about charging my phone downstairs at night and just buying an alarm clock for my bedroom. I deleted Facebook and Twitter off my phone last night and actually got to sleep before midnight for a change. I’ve yet to actually start my detox, I’m sitting down with Steven tonight to get all my passwords changed so I can’t be tempted into signing in. It is a bit like an addiction, just one more check to see if I’ve had any notifications etc. Just need to check out for a bit until I feel a bit more organised in my head.

I also want to spend more time focusing on real world friendships so if you’re ever free for that coffee, let me know.



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