Have you ever wanted to take a social media break? Have you ever tried and within a few days you were back to scrolling? I stopped posting on social media back in 2021 and as of February I have permanently deleted Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Lets talk about why and how I am regaining my life back.
Which Social Media Accounts I Deleted & Why
Let’s talk about which accounts I deleted and why I deleted them. Then I will share the ones I am keeping and why I think they are fine for me.
Twitter. I had a Twitter account but never used it. It just sat there. I honestly never really got Twitter. I found it annoying and confusing with the limited text. So this was never something I even used. I did not even have the app downloaded. So this was easy to delete.
Facebook. This I need to clarify. I have a personal Facebook account that I still have and will not delete. This is because I have family members and friends that I can keep in touch with through the app. I also do not spend much time on Facebook. I just have it at this point for communication purposes. I did have a Facebook page for my blog which I deleted. I did not have many followers and I just don’t use or want it. It was not serving me.
Instagram. Now for the problem child or at least my problem. I have had a love/hate relationship with this app. From buying fake followers (yes I admit it. I can go into that in another post), comparing my appearance and life to someones photo shopped and edited photos, to feeling like I am a failure. Yes, I know these are my problems and insecurities but I know for a fact that others feel the same way and for this reason it had to go. There is so much pressure to get likes, followers and views. It seems like everything is an AD trying to get you to buy new clothes or the latest gadgets. The relationships felt superficial and shallow. I could spend hours wasting my time on images of other people or trying to come up with the best posts possible. So I stopped posting and now I’ve permanently deleted my account.
It Was A Slow Process
It has taken me years to get to this point of permanently deleting my accounts. I have gone on numerous social media breaks which have always helped but I would always eventually find my way back. My thinking was I was missing out or I needed these applications for my blogging and “influencing”. I was lying to myself. So I would take breaks after break. Again, last year I decided to take another break and this time it lasted a long time…about 5 months. Seems longer than it actual was. It started with deleting the apps from my phone. I was not posting or viewing anything. Eventually, I went back on through a browser and would just look at other people’s photos and videos. Even this got to the point of feeling time consuming and wasteful.
While I was at the point of not posting I was back to mindlessly scrolling. Granted, the length of time and amount of times I did scroll was much shorter but it became unenjoyable and was still wasting time. So I took the final step and deleted my account.
Apparently, some people have regrets about deleting permanently because they give you 30 days before it is officially deleted. No thank you Instagram.
What I’ve Learned From Deleting Social Media
I Am Happier
My Self Confidence Has Improved
I Have More Time
I Am More Productive
My Relationships Have Improved
I Am Learning To Be Bored
Do you use social media? Have you ever deleted or permanently deleted a social media account? Did your find your life improved or do you feel like you are missing out?