Hi friends! A few months back I wrote this post about my relationship with social media, and my suspicions that it may be making us more lonely. And then in December I took a little break from it, a sort of experiment to see what it felt like to not know what everyone is up to every given minute. And what I found was a HUGE eye opener! The first thing I realized- I had a tendency to fill up blank spaces with my phone. Meaning, anytime I was waiting for ANYTHING- in line at the grocery store, waiting for a friend or any appointment, waiting for water to boil in the kitchen: my hand instinctively grabbed for my phone to scroll through a feed- Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and when I felt like I could tolerate it, The Huffington Post for a bit of “reality”. I thought I wasn’t one of “those people” but the second I started to be conscious of my habits I realized I 1000% was. Eeeeek!
With this newfound awareness I made the decision to continue with my break and begin filling space with something that would serve me more- my mindfulness practice. So instead of the relentless scroll, I started using those moments to take a pause, notice my breath and be present. Slowly the habit shifted and I found myself losing my phone for hours, reverting to my former ways of life pre-iphone. And it felt GOOD! So I continued.
After a couple of weeks of very limited social media use I realized I felt happier. NOTICEABLY HAPPIER. That’s crazy, right?! I’ve since shifted to some social media use, and it feels ok. I check in every once in awhile, but I don’t scroll with abandon and fill up all of the empty space with it. I’ve found a more balanced relationship, and I pay attention to how often I’m “checking in”. The world seems better somehow when I am living in it rather than observing it from my phone. I feel more grounded, more present, happier.
What are your thoughts on this? Could you imagine doing a social media cleanse? Do you think that’s just crazy ridiculous? I’m so curious to know if you have had similar experiences or think I’m a wackadoodle!! xx- Sarah