My social Media Detox Project
„It’s the most wonderful time of the year…“♫
At least that’s what I believe Christmastime should be about. The average person has five social media accounts and spends over two hours daily on Facebook, Twitter and co. Me included. If not even more…
Besides checking Instagram multiple times a day and scrolling through my Facebook timeline for hours I am also a Netflix and Youtube junkie. Oh and not to forget: Pinterest. The reasons why I want to try this social media detox are simple:
- I compare myself too much with other people’s lives. Especially on Instagram I tend to catch myself following models and youtubers who seem to have live figured out. Even though I am aware that no one is perfect it still plants thoughts in my head that my body is not right, my hair could be more shiny, my clothing style is pretty lame and generally I think of myself as a boring person which I am not.
- I don’t spend enough time creating things. By that I’m not talking about anything specific. I want to figure out what my true interests are. What do I enjoy? What do I want to focus on? Do I want to read, bake or maybe make new friends? Do I want to sing, write songs or dance? I don’t know. I fill my brain with other people’s daily life, their travel pictures and perfect bodies whereas I should be focusing on finding out what my definition of a “perfect” life and a “perfect” body is. I can only find out by actively doing something.
- It makes me tired and bored. Scrolling through timelines and posts and random pictures and videos is just tiring and yes there might be this funny comment or hilarious post here and there but I’m sure I can find those without Facebook too.
- ‘I need to share this’. Whenever I cook something, I get a really cool present, something exciting happened that day or I did some arts and crafts I always have this urge to take a picture with the thought of posting it on any social media form. It’s a weird feeling and I don’t like the self made pressure I put on myself. I want to start doing things for myself and the people I love without the urge of sharing everything online.
So here’s the deal. As much as I would like to do an Internet Detox it is nearly impossible nowadays since we’re confronted with it in various ways. On top of that my goal is not to district me from everything, just from websites and apps that shift my focus in a way I don’t enjoy anymore. My overall goal for this challenge:
I want to spend 31 days without any social media and streaming platforms.*
- Uninstalling Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, Youtube, Gmail, Skype and Netflix from my phone. (I don’t have any other social media accounts or apps connected to the internet that I use.)
- Blocking Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest and Netflix on my laptop so I don’t even try to log in.
I can still…
- … use google maps to find my way around the city if I have to.
- … use Uber when I’m out and I need a ride in the middle of the night.
- … Whatsapp on my phone and skype on my laptop for texting and staying in touch with my family back home. Especially important during the Christmas time!
- … Google for research purposes to finish my final project in class.
- … UCAS website to finish my University application.
- … check my e-mails 2x/week in order not to miss anything from universities and my AuPair organization.
- … use Venmo and check my bank account if I have to.
- … use Spotify cause music never fails to make me happy.*
These are my overall rules and as the month goes on I will probably add some adjustments. It’s an experiment so I will see how it goes.