10 Things I Learned From Giving Up Social Media for 30 Days

It was causing me to feel things I didn’t want to feel and see things I didn’t want to see.

If you have any form of social media, you can probably admit to yourself that you spend too much time on it. You can probably also admit that there’s not a ton of good that comes from it, except maybe seeing news updates, sports scores, and who got engaged. A month ago, I came to the realization that I was spending way too much time on my social media, and worst of all, it was stealing my joy. Stealing my joy?! Okay, I know that’s a little extreme. But it’s true. It was causing me to feel things I didn’t want to feel and see things I didn’t want to see. So, I gave it up for 30 days. I decided to cleanse myself from all things Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. Yesterday was the 30th day. I want to share with you 10 things that I discovered from staying off these sites for a whole month.

  1. You save phone battery and data
  • First and foremost, I have to state the obvious. Without social media apps on my phone, I was shocked at how much data and phone battery I saved. I would normally make it to the end of the day and still have 60-70% of my phone battery left. I also used a whopping 1GB of data… this was a huge improvement!
  1. You become less attached to your phone
  • Now for the real stuff. This is something I noticed right off the bat. I grew accustomed to not feeling like I needed my phone on my person. I’m not sure why social media contributed to me being attached to having it around 24/7, but without it, I didn’t feel like I needed it as much.
  1. You shed the addictive behavior that comes with social media
  • Before the cleanse, I constantly felt the need to check my social media – way more than necessary. It became addictive. If I would go long periods of time without checking it, I would feel behind. Now, I see how I can go days without checking it and not miss anything worth seeing.
  1. You become less distracted
  • I definitely felt less distracted during the cleanse. Instead of burying my face in my phone all the time, I found myself focusing on things that are actually important. And I can tell you this—what Jane Smith made for her post-workout meal isn’t important.
  1. You lose the desire to feel the need to post about everything
  • Without the opportunity to post about your life, you will realize how little posting on social media actually matters. Do all your followers care that you went to the pool today? Nope. Do they really care that you got a pumpkin spice latte this morning? Probably not. That might be harsh, but it’s true.
  1. You learn to stop comparing yourself
  • This is huge! Here’s the deal. Everyone puts their best self on social media. The moments that are worth bragging about, the fun things they get to do, etc. Do people post about feeling anxious or depressed? Or about their financial issues? Nope (most of the time). You’re only going to see the absolute best part of people’s lives, and then it becomes easy to compare your life to theirs.
  1. You weaken the desire to want to know what others are doing
  • If you delete your social media channels for just a month, I promise you, you will learn to stop caring what everyone else is doing and focus on yourself. You won’t have the option to check in and see what movie Sally Joe watched last night, and you won’t really care either.
  1. You learn to take in what’s around you
  • This is another important truth. When you don’t have social media to take up your time as the days go on, you are able to really focus on the moment you’re in and what’s around you. You will take in every minute, you’ll concentrate on who you’re with, and you’ll just be present.
  1. You grow closer to God
  • One goal I made at the beginning of the process was to pray or read the Bible every time I reached for my phone to check social media. You could imagine this happened a lot at the beginning—so yeah, God and I had some good talks.
  1. You grow farther away from matters that steal your joy
  • No matter what, you’re going to see things you don’t want to see on social media. Things that will disappoint you (like friends hanging out without you) or things that make you angry or upset. Staying away from social media will keep you away from these things, and you will be happier.

Honestly, after 30 days off of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, I don’t feel like I missed a thing. I don’t really care for it as much anymore. Here’s the thing: if someone needs to reach you or is going to tell you something important, they’ll pick up the phone and call or text you. I would encourage a social media cleanse for everyone. Trust me, it’ll be the best thing you’ve done in a long time, and you will feel more present and focused on what’s really important.


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