"Out of Touch": Social media detox
Recently I decided that a social media detox was in order. So if you haven’t notice, I haven’t been quite as active on the pages as I normally do. It’s because I felt like it was time to take a much needed social media break.
I personally needed a break because:
I found myself being less productive; and was hardly getting work done. I say this for myself, not to speak for anyone else. I was spending more time “researching” content ideas, then actually applying them. This well meaning “research time” would have a start time of 9:30 a.m. until, I eventually became sidetracked altogether.
I was becoming a comment section junkie. Yes, I am afraid that on my favorite platform of Insta, I was becoming a junkie for comments. Especially the funny ones. However, there were also the comments that bothered me from disrespectful trolls. I hated my addiction to reading what other people had to say. I was also disturbed at how upset, I would even find myself at times, from the hurtful, hateful and inappropriate “joke” comments too.
I was more invested in my online life, then my actual life. Again, this is an extreme case. However, my avatar personality online became more interesting to me then, who I was in my actual life. So I found myself working around the clock on my social media profiles.
It was the realization that I wasn’t taking time away from being “online”, that made me realize I needed too.
Although I don’t blog all the time, you can find me logged on twitter or instagram daily.
I sat myself down, and I asked myself: “What time do I clock out?”. When you’re building a business/brand you literally feel the need to be present on all platforms to attract your tribe. It’s exhilarating, but also exhausting if you do not set an off switch for yourself.
Taking a break from Social Media or “Detoxing” allowed me to pull that much needed off switch.
However, after taking my break my return to social media felt a little weird. As I scrolled through my favorite timelines and posts, I felt out of touch with everything.
The world of social media goes by so quickly, that taking a few days off can make you feel like you missed a whole month! It’s insane!
Even though I felt out of touch though, it felt really good having a lot to catch up on. I admit it was hard to figure out what topics I wanted to talk about too. So much had took place, and some topics I just missed completely by default of time moving forward.
If you’re going to take a detox from social media, then be sure to check out my previous post, on ways you can do that.