How to Successfully Do a Social Media Detox
This is hard. It’s very hard when you actually love social media and use it for your blog or business.
One main reason is that icky little thought of comparison. I’ve told ya’ll about my rough time finding jobs out of college and everyone else moving to LA and buying houses when I could barely afford to eat out with my friends. It was rough and at the time I didn’t take a moment to step back on social media as much as I should have. I liked being connected to people advancing in their lives, although I was unhappy with mine. It was refreshing to see people who looked liked me posting their engineer and nurse selfies.
Yes, even your food! Because everything from getting food at Chipotle to going on dinner dates with your bae, your phone is most likely inches away from your plate waiting on the group text to start up or for your Instagram likes to pour in. You don’t even fully enjoy the companionship at the table or how amazing the food is because your phone is vibrating or worse lighting up with that annoying flash notification from the camera. Please y’all, turn that off.
When it gets to the point that your life is taking a backseat to social media and likes, it’s time to step away. Here’s a few ways how:
1. Start leaving your phone
This one is for me. I take my phone into the kitchen when I cook, I’ll even take it to the mailbox when I get the mail. I always have my phone and when I forget to bring it, I’m wondering where it is. If I thought “I’m going to leave my phone in my room all day while I do work in the living room” my life would be a WHOLE lot more productive. To take this a step further, leave your phone in the car when you go out or have someone else hold it while you’re out and start forgetting about it until you actually need it.
2. Turn off notifications
My favorite version of this is the “Do not disturb” feature on my iphone. I miss phone calls I probably didn’t want to take or that were unscheduled. I miss group texts when I’m in the middle of working and it just makes my day run smoother. I have a few Instagram accounts connected to my app with one with over 40,000 followers and therefore I have turned off all Instagram notifications to my phone. My Facebook phone notifications have always been turned off and I recently turned off my Twitter notifications. On a normal day, none of my notifications pop up unless I manually open the app. During a detox, I would completely delete the apps.
3. Delete apps, block websites and schedule
This is the best way to completely step away from social media for a while. Delete Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat etc and give yourself a time frame to leave them off of your phone. On the desktop, you can block social media websites. For those who need to actually be on social media, schedule it using Hootsuite, Buffer, CoSchedule etc. If you have to log on, block off 30 minutes or so a day and sift through the notifications and log right back off.
Here’s a few good online articles I found on social detoxing: