So I felt I needed a little break from social media to refuel myself mentally, so I took one. I am not sure what exactly I was expecting from this experience but I started writing down my thoughts. I wanted to share those here:
My weekly phone activity dropped dramatically.
At first I struggled with “what am I missing” anxiety. But then felt calm and peace.
I spent more time pondering important things.
I realized the need and importance for people to show they care by reaching out.
I was able to gain a better understanding of why I use social media.
I learned that life goes on.
I felt more in control of my day to day actions.
I discovered that social media can be important as long as boundaries are set.
I realized how polarizing social media can be and for some reason people who enjoy confrontation can let things go.
I enjoy playing Sudoku.
I felt less continuous towards others.
I appreciate all the things my wife and boys do each day whether it’s work, school, playing, helping or just chilling.
I missed dancing and making others happy.
You might be asking, “so what was your big take away from this?” Well here it is:
Technology has an incredible influence on our lives. There is so much good that comes from it but there is also lots of bad. We have a choice who we listen too, who we surround ourselves, how we treat others, how we react towards others and many other things. I realized that every person has influence on others, some we know about and many others we don’t. The pictures we share, the post we make, the comments we add, the reaction buttons we click all have influence. And all of this because of technology.
I have had reconfirmed to me that I will continue to be authentic, myself and open. I may not always feel the happiest but if I can help some else feel happy, I am at peace.
So I learned I may be able to live without social media but I also know it has created many incredible blessings because of the people. I feel connected to so many amazing people and I love that.
One last thing that I am excited about is the knowledge that taking a break strengthens me and gives me some much needed mental health fuel. Thus, I plan to take breaks in the future.
I look forward to reengaging on social media to connect with people. That’s what it’s all about.