If you follow my Twitter, you’d see me tweet regularly. I love Twitter. My timeline is full of interesting topics that keep me scrolling for hours. Politics, public figure discourse, Malaysians’ take on social issues and many other content for a typical youth like me. I also enjoy the memes, the inside jokes and the sarcastic tweets by people who are blessed with good sense of humour.
Instagram, on the other hand, is not really my forte. I don’t post much because it takes up a lot of energy. Aaaaand maybe I think my life is not that interesting for the public to know my business haha. I do use this popular app to see what my friends are up to, get to know interesting people’s personal lives and wish my friends’ birthdays from miles away.
I’ve seen quite a few of my friends announce that they’ll be having a ”social media detox” for a while and I didn’t believe it was possible for me back then. I was addicted to social media.
But one day, I tried it. I didn’t exactly plan it when I started; it was a sudden gut feeling. One day I decided to remove the 2 apps from my phone and just completely ignored their existence. This lasted a week or so.
I didn’t keep up with the news, current affairs, politics because to be honest, I didn’t care. Not once in that week I compared my life to others based on their curated posts on the internet. I didn’t feel the need to voice out my opinions as tweets because, well, I didn’t have any. I let the notifications spam and left messages unread. Irresponsible? Don’t worry those texts weren’t a life -or-death matter it was fine. My friends did ask where did I go though God bless them :’)
I did a bunch of other things to pass the time, some of them are;
- Went out for walks
- Catch up on some reading
- Learned Chinese
- Write more blog posts
- Tried new recipes
- Binge watch Gossip Girl
The results? By the end of the week, I felt great! I felt like a new person, returned from the lost land of mental clarity. I was determined to discipline myself in following a productive daily schedule that I created, no excuses (update: I did procrastinate here and there but overall, the productiveness in the new week in significantly better).
If you’re thinking of having a social media detox, highly recommend you do it. Don’t think too much and just do it. I promise you’ll feel great too.
Until next time 🙂