You can expect some posts in the next few weeks or month about the role of social media in our lives, especially the lives of chronically ill. There are pros. There are cons. There are ways to use it for good. There are ways to use it in such away that hurt us. I look forward to having discussions over the roles of social media in your lives!
How I Took My Social Media Break:
- Turned off notifications for blog email, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
- I moved all of those icons on my phone and iPad to the last page of my phone.
- I did check my blog email regularly, but I had to manually decide to check it.
- I prepared for the break by filling up my CoSchedule and Buffer.
What I Did Instead:
- Read! Guys, I read. I was very disappointed in how few books I read during February. Yes, it's a short month, but I was so sick that when I went through my Goodreads list, I found that I went a whole week without finishing a book. That's rare.
- I guess Goodreads is still kind of social media, but books are a priority in my life. I left a comment or two on there. I got ideas for more books to read.
- Wrote blog posts. I love to write, so it's kind of a treat. Also, I wasn't flipping back and forth between Twitter and writing! I tend to write a bunch of extra posts to have on hand, get link ups ready to go since I have a prompt, plus wrote out a few other things that I had on my mind.
- Worked on medical documents needed for upcoming appointments.
- Spent time with family without checking my phone.
- Cuddled puppies without checking my phone.
- Directed my husband on how to do my laundry. (Bad foot guys...) No phone ever necessary.
What I Learned:
- I usually spend an inordinate amount of time checking my phone.
- I feel compelled to check my phone and always respond immediately.
- I'm always looking for validation on social media. While I've given up a lot use of my personal Facebook page over the past year or so, my current increased use of Twitter has meant reaching for my phone a lot more. I can tell my husband (or dogs) my funny thought instead of tweeting it.
- It won't kill me not to check everyone's Instagram pictures all weekend.
- I still think about social media when I'm not on it.
- I did miss interacting on some of the private Facebook groups that I'm in.
- I will probably continue to keep my notifications off. I had already turned off the email Twitter and Twitter sound notifications off. Now, I will keep the other notifications off for Facebook, too.
- Blogging does naturally require social media interaction. I will be writing about how this is helpful for not just validating myself and getting people to my blog. Rather, the communities of the support groups that I've found on Facebook are great.
- More thinking and more writing. I don't know how to practically do this, but I do need to organize my emails so that I can respond to the most important ones first and put the other ones away for later.
- I may prepare for better and more thorough social media breaks in the future for full vacations from it.
Have you taken a social media break? How did it go? How do you do social media in moderation? Or do you feel chained to it? Do you even think about it?Please note that comments with links that are not relevant to the discussion will not be approved. Personal signatures with blog URLs will be deleted. Please use the Disqus profile to add your blog's URL, so that I can find you.