This weekend I decided to turn off all of my social media accounts, Facebook, Twitter Instagram, the lot of them. As a journalist and blogger social media has become a massive part of my life, and despite the benefits it has given me, it does start to take over my life.
As of 8pm Friday night till midnight on Sunday (well 11pm because I needed to check work stuff before bed) I turned off my social media accounts and took a step away from the digital world. I had no idea what to expect.
Most weekends I don’t tend to spend a lot of time scrolling through my feeds, but knowing I couldn’t made me want to look at them even more. It didn’t help that my phone kept flashing with new notifications popping up every couple of hours, or that my boyfriend would scroll through his feed every now and again.
Being away from the digital side of my life was actually quite refreshing though. I found myself waking up earlier and rather than laying in bed on Instagram. I also found that I enjoyed doing things more like cooking, watching TV and just talking to people, because I didn’t have the temptation of my phone in my hand constantly.
Spending the weekend off social media did make me realise just how much I use it in my day-to-day life, from work related stuff on our staff Facebook page, to sharing my blog. Normally I schedule things of social media to help promote my writing but because I decided not to do this along I learnt just how important social media is to me when communicating with an audience.
Being without social media did also make me realise just how many things I get notifications for, which I don’t really need. Normally when one notification comes up, I read it quickly and then it goes away. but seeing them all build up over the weekend really opened my eyes to the amount of crap we all get sent because of social media. It has given the motivation to un-subscribe from email updates and pages on Facebook which I don’t even look at anymore.
Having a few days off the internet did make me realise that every once in a while we all need to take a break and get away from the online world. It brings you back down to the real world, and opens your eyes to what really matters spoiler it’s not Tweets and likes.
© Emmi Bowles