21 Days: Unplugged

It’s currently 7:05 am on Super Bowl morning. Needless to say, I’m wildly excited (go Pats, go!). But not only is this day important in the world of football, but it also signifies the end of my social media fast. To start this year on the right foot, I fasted for 21-days with my church. This time was meant to bring change for the new year and refocus our faith.

Anyone that knows me (or doesn’t and just follows me) can safely say that social media is a big part of my life. I post multiple times a day, I’m always up to date on the latest social trends, and I’ve even decided to make a career out of it. I think it’s a fantastic tool to stay connected with loved ones and it has provided businesses with incredible opportunities to reach their target markets.

But where do we draw the line of when it’s time to unplug on social media and plug into our personal lives?

When we feel horrible about our bodies after seeing the Kardashian’s post a naked selfie? When we compare our relationship to a couple that seems picture perfect but in reality they’re cheating on each other? When we start to ignore the people who are sitting right in front of us to pay attention to someone else’s made up world?

Where was this line? Why couldn’t I find it?

There was no line for me. I was fully entrenched in a toxic circle of comparisons and trying to keep up appearances.

So when deciding what to fast, it was a no brainer for me to choose my personal use of social. That meant saying “see you later” to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Pinterest.

At the beginning of this fast, I doubted myself. I thought, “How would I function without these apps?!” – how millennial of me to say?

BUT I SURVIVED TO TELL THE TALE

The past 21 days have opened up my mind to learn about the world, help grow new relationships, and increased my personal productivity. This was about something bigger than just deleting a few apps on my phone. It was about enjoying my life without needing to worry about anyone else’s and learning to be content. I was broken from the chains of feeling the need to share each aspect of my life.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying social media is evil. I’m still going to make posts and tag my real ones in funny memes. But what has changed is my perspective on how to use these apps and make the best of them.

One key thing that I’ve learned is that anything you do in life requires balance; too much of one thing is never good. So, I highly recommend that you take a moment to limit your time scrolling through your feed and focus on your reality. I promise you’ll enjoy the time off , you can thank me later.

You’re the one who runs social media, don’t let it run you.

-A