• Kristina Cherep

Social Media Detox Growth : Balancing Social Media and Social Reality

Updated: Apr 18, 2020

A “social media detox” sounds very millennial of me, but I couldn’t think of a better way to phrase it! I needed a break from the social media world, so I deleted all my apps and took a week off from it. Not going to lie, it was hard for me at first. The first day I caught myself going on my Safari app to just check up on my Facebook and Instagram. I found a way to cheat the system, but it was a system I enforced for my well being! What was I doing?!

Once I realized what I was doing, I allowed myself to keep one app because quitting something cold turkey isn’t the healthiest. So I allowed myself one social media app which was Snapchat. Out of all my social media apps, I felt like that one was the “least harmful” for my mental health. I’m not really sure why I feel this way... I’m sure my therapist could come up with the answer to that though! Once I gave myself Snapchat, I stopped snooping around Facebook and Instagram. Now that I didn’t feel completely cut off from the social media world, I was able to really see a difference.

I found myself being more present in my conversations and phone calls. Before if I was on the phone with someone, I would most likely also be scrolling through Instagram or Facebook. For what reason? I’m not sure other than it just being a bad habit of mine. I found myself being more willing to do things around the house instead of sitting on the couch on my phone. I found myself wanting to spend more time outside on sunny days instead of being glued to the blue light on my phone. I found myself wanting to journal again. All through my life, I’ve always kept journals. Not everyday or in every season of my life, but definitely during rough seasons. I found myself being more and wanting to be more present in my everyday life outside my phone.

From just one week, I noticed sooo much of a positive difference and really no negatives. Now will I completely cut myself off from social media? No. This is a way I stay connected and up to date with my friends and family. I’ve also created this platform to talk about mental health and connect with others about mental health. I would never want to cut out that part of my life because it has improved my life so much. It’s definitely given me more of a purpose especially for my writing! I may take a few breaks here and there, but just know I would never cut this blog out of my life. It’s a big part of who I am and one of my favorite things I do with my life!

So what do I plan to change then if I’m not cutting out social media completely? I’m definitely limiting it that’s for sure! Luckily, iPhones have a feature where you can limit your time spent on certain apps. That will help keep me in check! I’m also going to be more aware of when I am spending time on social media. Is it a time where I’m around other people or talking on the phone? Is it a time when it’s a beautiful day outside? Is it a time when I want to journal? Those are the questions I’m going to be keeping in my back pocket. Life is all about balance, so I’m just starting to find that balance between social media and social reality!

Is “social reality” a new phrase you’ve never really heard? It is for me too! I actually came across it from writing this blog. I was trying to think of the opposite of social media and social reality was the first thing to come to mind. I googled it and found out it’s an actual phrase. It’s so important to realize that social media isn’t reality. They are two different things that are pretty much opposites. I’ll save this rant for another blog post though because I feel like there’s so much to say about it. That’s all I got for now and it’s good to be back!