I suppose I’ve become sort of an oddball by simply getting sick of social media and deleting it.
I got rid of Facebook when I (sadly) realized my biological family didn’t really want to stay connected to me in real life, and bullies kept harassing me. It’s been about 5 years.
I got rid of YouTube and my growing 4k subscriber count once I followed Jesus and no longer wanted to do pagan videos. It’s been about 3-4 years.
I got rid of Instagram when I saw that it was affecting my attention span and they rolled out a very racist “mute white people” sticker. It’s been 6 months.
I stopped watching all political and current event news after November 6, 2020. All of it is gone from my life. I do not keep up with it. It’s been about 2 months.
I considered that I *might* miss out on some things, but what things, I never really could say…
I immediately forgot my phone. With no apps to check, my brain no longer nagged at me to pick up my phone and look at it. I even considered getting a small flip phone, but decided to just keep what I had in the end.
I suddenly got lots of extra time. The check here, check there, a minute here, a minute there really adds up. Without anything to check, I suddenly had a 24 hour day that felt like it had many more hours!
I got my attention span back 🙂 After deleting everything, I realized that I could do and enjoy activities for much longer. Study time became focused. Bible reading became relaxing and peaceful. Hanging out with my husband became uninterrupted.
I enjoy more personal messages with friends & family. Now that a “Like” is no longer an option, people actually have to call or text me 😄 And the interactions are so much more lovely!
And no more stress.
I burst out of the outrage bubble. I don’t compare myself to highly-polished Instagrams. I don’t fret over follower count. I don’t have to put up with racist content.
Big news always reaches me. Either my husband tells me, or one of you blogs about it 🙂 But the smaller “non-news”? Did Trump eat at McDonald’s? Did Biden start talking about Corn Pop again? Is Pelosi getting her hair done? Uh… nope.
I like being disconnected.
Because I asked myself, “Exactly what am I connected to??” and I didn’t like the answer.
👉 I’m not judging you if you have social media! I just wanted to share my experience with being a bit of an internet hermit and all the good that can come from it 🙂
안녕! Bye! Ciao!