Last weekend, I initiated a break for myself from social media. I’m not super committed to the break so I temporarily deactivated everything with no end date in mind. I’ve done it before but never from Instagram AND Facebook at the same time. I have no connection to the social world! What are people doing, eating, and wearing?? Let me tell ya, my phone is less exciting without the social network. But a break was overdue.
I reached a point where I couldn’t feel anything but jealousy, guilt, and a general feeling of unhappiness when checking the updates. I was comparing every aspect of my life. Why aren’t I as pretty as her? Why don’t I dress as nicely as she does? Why can’t I wear my pregnancy like those women do? Why doesn’t my house look like that? Is my relationship and are my kids as good as theirs? I’m not sure if any of you have reached this point but I felt like I was taking photos just for the purpose of being shared, not just for myself, or for the purpose of capturing the moment to remember. I’ve always maintained that I stay on Facebook because it’s a connection to friends and family, a lot of which are scattered across this and a few other countries. Which is true to some degree but at some point, I crossed a line. I would post a photo and wait to see if people liked my photo. That’s a weird way to feel about a photo of your children. Kind of takes the magic away, doesn’t it?
The week was not surprisingly hard. Seriously. WHAT ARE PEOPLE DOING. It made me realize that I really don’t have a close relationship with a lot of people – which is cool because the people I am in touch with regularly are amazing. But I should make an effort to be more social (quiet Doug, I can hear you saying “I told you so”). My break away has also shown me how much time I waste looking at Facebook and reading click bait articles. I’ve actually read the world news on multiple occasions this week, without Facebook deciding which stories are the most important or prompting me to do so. Baby steps in the right direction.
I’m sure I’ll end up back on the social media platforms, it’s a great way to stay connected and a perfect way to share blog posts. But it’s definitely nice to take a step off the grid and remind myself why I loved my life so much in the first place, without someone else clicking a “like” button for me.