Social Media Purge

I’ve decided that I want to try a new challenge this month. I’ve been big on the whole 30 day challenges, and when I say that I’ve been big on it I’ve done like two. My step goal and then reading.  But I think that this will be my new thing, in an effort to form better habits and be healthier, I am going to do more 30 day challenges and document them.  Obviously in addition to documenting all my travels.

My new challenge for December is minimizing my social media presence and how much time I spend on social media as a whole.  Why am I doing this? I’ve started noticing that in order to fill my time, I’ve resorted to checking Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as my main staples of entertainment.  I don’t necessarily feel like I am experiencing any sort of mental shift because of it but I am curious to see if maybe it’s just been so subtle that I didn’t realize I’ve had a major case of FOMO or feeling the need to show off.  I’m not quite sure.  But, I spend so much time checking my phone and checking to see how many likes I’ve received on things that I’ve posted and I want to get away from that.  I don’t think I need the validation of social media users to prove that I am living a good life. I’ve been reading so many articles lately about how social media has started changing the way people think, the way they behave and how it’s really shaped society today so I’m curious to see if I can break the spell for myself.

I was inspired by a few articles that I’ve been reading about people who have deleted the apps from their phones and people who have flat out deleted their accounts.  I must admit that both of those seem drastic to me.  I may be trying to justify making this challenge easier for myself, but here’s why I’m not deleting my apps or my accounts: a large portion of my friends have moved away and social media is the way to stay on top of their lives without constantly having to text them, especially now as they’re having kids and aren’t necessarily as connected to their phones.  Along with that, my core friend group uses things like FB messenger to keep tabs on each other rather than texting because the whole Android vs iOS battle really messes with our phones. Lastly, I love having a place where I can post photos and keep documentation of what I’m doing and my life.

So here is my plan of attack:

I am going to move my social media accounts into a folder rather than have them all spread out separately on my phone (I have an iPhone so you can image the little boxes full of apps).  I am just going to admit it now that I know I have an addiction to Instagram so that one app is going to stay outside of the box.  But the goal with moving Facebook and Twitter will be to stop me from using them as time wasters.  I don’t post a lot in either and the apps are literally just on my phone so that I can scroll through them mindlessly when I’m bored.  So my expectation is that if it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind.  The goal for this month is to only go into Facebook and Twitter if I have notifications totaling a maximum of 15 minutes a week per app. The goal for Instagram is going to be a little different. I found the “your activity on Instagram” metrics on the app so I can see what my average is per week.  My goal here is to go from 45 minutes a day to decrease it by 5 minutes a week so that eventually I only spend 25 minutes a day.  If I can do this in the month of December, I’d love to get it to a point where I am only on Instagram for maybe 5-7 minutes a day and then maybe just a few times a week to do a check in.

Wish me luck!