My Experience Deleting Social Media

In recent weeks I’ve become aware of my social media habits and the effect that they’ve been having on my mental health. I noticed that I was waking up and checking notifications. Getting into bed at night and checking notifications. Making coffee with my phone open on social media on the countertop. I’ve never been the sort of person to be on social media all the time. But with life now meaning that we’re constantly inside, social media has become a way to feel outdoors.

Recently I’ve noticed just how toxic social media has been for my health. And I wasn’t comfortable with how much time I was spending on my phone scrolling through social media. So I decided to take action by deleting both Twitter and Instagram from my phone. Sit tight, this is a pretty hefty post…

Did I Remove Social Media From My Life Completely?

Well long story short, no I didn’t go completely silent on the social media front when I deleted the two apps. I allowed myself to still use both websites on my laptop whenever I wanted. I didn’t want to completely stop using social media. I’m a content creator after all and I need to still be present on my socials.

The reason behind deleting the apps was to simply reduce my screen time and to give myself time to reflect on my sudden social media obsession.

A Few Other Reasons Why I Decided To Remove The Apps

Aside from the main reason, another big reason for removing them was that I was noticing how social media was making me look at blogging in a negative way. It was as if because I wasn’t happy with how much time I was spending on social media, I then wasn’t happy when it came to writing blog posts. I was finding that social media was draining the energy out of me. So when it came to sitting down to write a blog post I’d be too exhausted and feel too miserable to write anything.

And then there’s the whole reflecting on my blog content thing as well. When you’re feeling negative towards one aspect of your blog (in my case my social media) you start to think negatively towards everything related to it. I found myself trapped in a box of negativity towards blogging, and I wasn’t okay with it!

What I Noticed When I Deleted The Apps

The first thing that I noticed was that I really wasn’t a big Instagram fan. I didn’t miss it at all. I’ve been quite vocal about my indifference towards the app before. It’s just not really my thing. Possibly the only reason I have it is because it’s such an important platform for bloggers to have. Even if you only post on it every now and then.

The second thing I noticed was that I was completely obsessed with Twitter. I found myself automatically going to click on where the app used to be on my phone constantly. I’d unlock my phone and instantly go to click where the Twitter app was. I’d check my phone for notifications all the time and then remember that I’d deleted the app.

I was genuinely embarrassed at how much clicking on the app seemed to be an automatic thing for me.

How Often Did I Visit the Twitter and Instagram Websites?

To be completely honest, not that often. By not having the apps I found that I was visiting the sites a lot less frequently. Before I would spend my time mindlessly scrolling through the apps throughout the day. Maybe even for an hour at a time! But when it came to visiting the websites on my mac I was active about 10-15 times a day for about 30 seconds – 1 minute at a time. A huge slash in screen time!

I’m actually so annoyed with myself for letting it get so bad! I was never someone who lived for social media, especially before I had my blog. In fact, I hadn’t even used Twitter for about 5 years before I made my blog account. So it’s frustrating to me to think that I’ve changed in that sense. And I’d say it was a change for the worse as well.

However, I’m glad that it’s something that I’ve acknowledged and something that I’m changing right now.

I Did Keep One Social Media App Though…

Although I deleted Twitter and Instagram, there was however one app that I decided to keep…Pinterest. Ever since I started putting effort into my Pinterest account around 5-6 weeks ago I’ve been really enjoying my time on the app. As a creative person, I love designing new pins and sharing them on the website.

I think because it’s not necessarily a social media platform, and is more of a search engine, it doesn’t come with the same level of negativity as the other apps. You aren’t looking for likes, you aren’t comparing yourself to those that you follow etc.

Yeah sure it’s a numbers game in the sense that you’re ultimately looking to get clicks to your blog from Pinterest. But the pressure that comes with Twitter and Instagram doesn’t seem to translate over to Pinterest. And that’s something that I really appreciate.

Since getting into Pinterest I’ve managed to have my most successful two months of blogging ever. So I think that was a big factor when it came to deleting my apps. If I was enjoying using the app AND seeing results when it comes to my blog then there really wasn’t any reason why I needed to delete Pinterest, was there? In fact, I think Pinterest has actually been bringing positivity into my life!

Reflecting On The Experience So Far

After just a couple of days of not having the two apps I started to notice that I was feeling a lot more positive. My life no longer revolved around them. I was no longer waking up and mindlessly scrolling through Twitter. I’ve actually been waking up and going for a run…something I never thought I’d be saying.

I’m still adjusting to the whole thing and some times I just get the urge to tweet in the moment and don’t have my laptop near me. But I’m definitely seeing the whole thing as a positive change.

Will I Continue with The Social Media App Free Life?

I’m not sure if this new change will be something that I’ll continue with in the long haul. But for now it’s incredibly beneficial to me. I might reinstall Instagram again because I’ll be posting a few photos every now and then. Plus Instagram isn’t something that I spend hours on. But I can definitely see Twitter not making a permanent comeback on my phone anytime soon.

I’m still guilty of clicking on the space on my phone where the app used to be so I think until I stop doing that I’ll avoid downloading it!

What are your thoughts on social media? Is it something that you find yourself spending more time than you’d like to admit on? Have you ever taken a social media break before? I’d love to know your thoughts on the matter. And if any of you are looking to take a social media break for your mental health I would 100% recommend giving this a go.

Before you head off I just wanted to leave one of the resources that I reshared over on my Twitter (disclaimer: not from the app!) about how you can help support the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK.  Click the link to see how you can help –> Support BLM.

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82 Comments

  1. Kayleigh Zara
    June 5, 2020

    This is such a good does, I agree constantly being logged in can make blogging seem like a negative thing. Thankyou for sharing this x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 6, 2020

      It definitely can. I’m glad that I recognised the negative impact that it was having on me and took action! x

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  2. Lucy
    June 5, 2020

    That is amazing to hear that you felt like you didn’t miss Twitter and Instagram from your phone, I find that Twitter is a go to app for everyone right now as it’s a great way to keep up to date with what’s going in the world right now. Twitter has become a little bit like a news app! I never really explore Instagram on my laptop as I don’t see the point. I find that I am looking less on Instagram right now during the day as I just can’t be bothered! This was such an interesting experiment you carried out Faye! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 6, 2020

      It was really interesting to discover how much I didn’t miss either of the apps! It just proved that I was clicking on them purely out of habit. Twitter has definitely become a news app for a lot of us, especially now with so much happening in the world. I’m thinking of reinstalling Instagram and seeing how often I go to use it, but Twitter is staying off my phone for a little bit longer for sure! x

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  3. Allison
    June 5, 2020

    I’ve stepped away from
    Social media too, especially during these times. And I agree—I haven’t missed Instagram AT ALL. I feel more alive when I’m not indulged in the digital world!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 11, 2020

      It’s been so beneficial to me taking a step back from social media, especially Twitter! I’m feeling so much more positive and also a lot more creative too 🙂 x

      Reply
  4. Maeve
    June 5, 2020

    Great post! I’ve also thought about deleting the apps from my phone but never had the courage to. What if i miss something important, or some opportunity and i’m not near my computer. I may still give this a try in intervals and see how it goes!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 9, 2020

      Thank you! I knew that I wouldn’t be able to stay off social media completely which is why I allowed myself to use the sites on my laptop whenever I wanted to. Deleting the apps has definitely benefitted me though so I would recommend giving it a go x

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  5. Jaya Avendel
    June 5, 2020

    I loved reading about your experiences! It is so interesting that having an app on one’s phone causes us to use it more, but it makes perfect sense, since a phone is with us all the time and a desktop computer is not. I love that you are enjoying your new relationship with social media; keep at it!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 10, 2020

      It was crazy how much more I was using the sites when I had them as apps on my phone! I’ve reinstalled Instagram as I realised that wasn’t the issue, but I’m keeping Twitter off my phone for a little longer x

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  6. Sophie Wentworth
    June 5, 2020

    I can heavily relate to this. At the start of lockdown, I was on Twitter a ridiculous amount and then I managed to ween myself off but now with everything going on in the world I’ve found myself back at square one in the last week or so. I’m not going as far as deleting apps but I have set myself app timers this week which I’ve found so helpful in preventing mindless scrolling x

    Sophie

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 6, 2020

      Setting an app timer sounds like something that could be really beneficial to a lot of us! I think when I do decide to reinstall the apps I’ll set myself a timer to monitor how often I’m on them. Deleting the apps was definitely an extreme step but I definitely had to do it! x

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  7. Jodie Paterson
    June 6, 2020

    I have such a weird relationship with social media. I’ve found myself constantly deleting and redownloading the Facebook app. I should maybe delete it for longer because I always find my head so clouded when I use Facebook. Great post!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 9, 2020

      I find the same thing happens to me when I spend a lot of time on my socials! Deleting Facebook for a little big longer could make a big difference 🙂 x

      Reply
  8. Anya Dryagina
    June 6, 2020

    I haven’t visited Instagram for 2 weeks and I feel calmer. At the same time my life has become more interesting
    http://www.recklessdiary.ru

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 9, 2020

      I definitely feel a lot calmer since deleting the apps! x

      Reply
  9. Marissa
    June 6, 2020

    I honestly can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to do this but then backed out! Social media is so helpful but it can also be so extremely toxic 😐

    🌿 Marissa Belle | marsybun.com x 🌿

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 9, 2020

      Agreed! I’d thought about doing it for ages but over the last couples of weeks I finally decided to go for it. I’ve reinstalled Instagram so far but Twitter will be staying off my phone for a little longer x

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  10. Nancy
    June 6, 2020

    I found being away from social media a bit therapeutic. I ended up disabling notifications so I only go on when I feel like it. It is a bummer that social media didn’t help you with your blog. Sometimes, when you feel negativity, you need to step away, and I am glad that you did! I feel like too much social media isn’t healthy. Take things in moderation!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 9, 2020

      Deleting the apps has been so beneficial to me! I’ve reinstalled Instagram so far but I’m keep Twitter off my phone for a little bit longer. It’s nice to not feel as though I’m spending my time scrolling through the apps all day x

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  11. Clarissa
    June 6, 2020

    I decided to block myself from accessing Instagram for today just to get some time off because I could scroll for hours. I’ve thus been more productive and think maybe I’ll set a timer on all social media going forward.

    I absolutely love Pinterest- it kind of reminds me of Tumblr and is basically a source of all my inspiration. I love how you can categorise them into boards. I’m still learning how to use it but I’m loving it. I actually haven’t used Twitter for 5 years until around George Floyd’s death. I realise I only use Twitter every now and then usually for big events. However, I really like Twitter and it helps keep me informed and connected which is kind of opposite to you actually which is really interesting.

    splasheswithfabulosity.blogspot.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 9, 2020

      Setting a timer on my apps is something that I think I’ll try once I reinstall them both. It sounds like a great way to monitor how much time you spend on them! x

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  12. Anika
    June 6, 2020

    Very interesting to read! I’ve never deleted my apps but I have been very tempted too, especially Twitter. One thing I do is set time limits, just because they can easily take over your life and it’s the last thing I want. Pinterest will always be my favourite app to use, it’s so refreshing compared to the rest of social media!

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 7, 2020

      I’ll definitely be setting time limits on the Twitter app when I do finally decide to reinstall it. I’m glad that I’ve recently got into Pinterest, it’s such a great app and is actually really relaxing to use! x

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  13. Omaye
    June 6, 2020

    I have never had a social media account. I know I’m weird. I opened an Instagram and Facebook 2 months ago because of my blog. Its strange because I’m in my early 20s. I literally grew up with it.
    I just never had any interest in it. I guess it wasn’t for me. But I will say that I am *slightly* obsessed with YouTube. I watch videos a lot!
    Your introspection is heartwarmingly honest. I think people don’t want to divulge socials because a large part of their self worth comes from it. They are emotionally tied to their accounts. Plus it’s also a way to make income.
    Lovely post.
    xxxx

    ooomaye.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 6, 2020

      Haha I went through a YouTube phase a while back! I only really use it to watch music videos and interviews now tbh but I still love it. I completely agree with you that a part of a lot of peoples self worth comes from social media. I was never someone who was that invested in social media and I never really cared about likes etc. anyway, but over the last few weeks I’ve just spent too much time on there for my liking! It was massively out of character so I had to do something about it! Thanks for commenting 🙂 x

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  14. Maddie
    June 6, 2020

    Thanks so much for sharing your experiences of this. I need to do the same, and for the same reasons really. I like the idea of still using the sites on your laptop, just relieves you of the pressure more than anything. Thanks again, I’ll have to try it!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 10, 2020

      Being able to use the sites on my laptop definitely made it easier for me. I also think it’s stopped me from downloading the apps again quickly since I can still keep up with social media on my laptop instead. There’s none of that ‘what am I missing out on??’ feeling which I know I’d get from removing social media from my life entirely x

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  15. Nikki - Notes of Life
    June 6, 2020

    What a good idea! Not something I can do at the moment though as my volunteer work revolves around social media, but I do think we all need a break from it from time to time.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 10, 2020

      Thank you! It’s definitely not something that would work for everyone (especially if your work requires using it) but it’s been super beneficial for me x

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  16. Lauren Kenny
    June 7, 2020

    I’m glad you did what was best for you!x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 7, 2020

      It’s definitely been beneficial so far! x

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  17. Aimsy
    June 7, 2020

    This is a great idea like you say the lockdown has sort of made us use social media a lot more. I haven’t deleted the apps but I know that I can find it a bit overwhelming trying to keep up with all platforms, as well as get creative on the blog front. I’ve unintentionally not posted much on Instagram this week (or been on the app) because I was really involved in a crafty project and I felt guilty about not being on there. Yes, social media is important for blogging, but you shouldn’t be feeling guilty about not using it 24/7. Definitely will take your advice on board!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 7, 2020

      It’s crazy how much lockdown has impacted my social media habits! I think it was the notifications that were making me use the apps even more – I’d get notifications with breaking news, instagram lives etc. and they just made me click on the apps and spend so much time scrolling through them! I’m planning to gradually install the apps again, starting with Instagram but only my personal account, and seeing how it all goes x

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  18. Ellen
    June 7, 2020

    I really wish I could give up these apps, but I need them for my actual job, so it’s tough to have a break from it! Next time I have a holiday, I might delete them for the week and have a proper break from social media.
    Ellen x
    http://www.ellennoir.co.uk/

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 10, 2020

      They’re super important to so many jobs so it can be difficult to take a break from them! Deleting them for a bit when you get a holiday sounds like a great plan x

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  19. Lauren
    June 7, 2020

    This was so interesting to read! I’m definitely addicted to scrolling aimlessly. I’m also not a massive instagram fan but that’s where my biggest audience currently is and since I’m trying to run a fitness business across my platforms I don’t think I can take prolonged periods of time away from them while I’m trying to build a client base. I do want to try a total detox at some point though!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 10, 2020

      Thank you! I feel like Instagram is the platform that really messes up your reach whenever you take a break so I completely get not wanting to take a break if you’re building a business on the platform x

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      1. Green Socks
        June 10, 2020

        I turned off all the notifications for Facebook after a traumatic time last January and never set them up for Insta and Twitter. I didn’t want to be at the back and call of my phone singing away. Now I can check when it suits me, I don’t feel like I’m being interrupted by notifications or obliged to interact when it’s not convenient. That doesn’t mean I don’t check Twitter every hour though!

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        1. femaleoriginal
          June 10, 2020

          Turning off notifications sounds like a great idea! When I re-download both apps I’ll be doing this for sure x

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  20. Jenny in Neverland
    June 8, 2020

    This is a great experiment and I’m glad you took a lot from deleting these apps from your phone. I’ve started to notice how obsessed I’m getting with social media, particularly scrolling through Twitter. I make sure I give myself one completely social media free day a week now, which really helps! It’s become vital for my mental health to completely switch off x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 10, 2020

      It’s so easy to get sucked into Twitter! One social media free day a week sounds fab, I might do that once I’ve reinstalled both apps x

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  21. Vinn
    June 8, 2020

    Im guilty with so much screen time with twitter, IG and FB messenger. I’m trying to tone it down to read my books, i have a goal of at least 1 book per month. I have not reach the point of deleting the apps, I am managing them and now picking up my next book. T

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 10, 2020

      It’s so easy to spend your time on social media, especially with the current circumstances meaning that social media is our only real connection to outside! Reading a book a month is a great goal, glad to see that you’re onto your next book 🙂 x

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  22. Joanne
    June 9, 2020

    I’m 100% sure that my life generally gets better and much more fulfilling when I am off of social media. I just enjoy it so much more when it is not constantly shared – and there’s a lot of peace that comes with keeping things to yourself.
    But I do agree that it’s harder to let go of as a content creator or a creative practitioner – because you rely on Instagram being the one platform to share your work quite effectively and reach engagement! I guess we just need to tread lightly.

    Lovely blog! xx

    Jo | With Risa

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 11, 2020

      I completely agree. I’m someone who likes to keep a lot of things to myself which is why sometimes I struggle with social media. I’m trying to focus on the creative aspects of social media, as I’m a creative person. I think when I let go of the pressure of trying to create perfect content I end up creating better work! x

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  23. Sophie Harriet
    June 10, 2020

    I’ve been trying to limit the time I spend scrolling on social media too. Facebook used to be the main culprit for me, but now I only check it occasionally. I think deleting the apps off your phone is a really good idea, even if you still use them on your laptop. I’ve been using Pinterest a lot lately too, I haven’t quite got the hang of how to get lots of views from it though!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 10, 2020

      Deleting the apps has made such a huge difference to the time I spend on social media! Pinterest is such a great site – super calming too. It takes a little while to get the hang of it (and I’m not entirely sure that I still have yet lol!) but it’s worth it 🙂 x

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  24. Kaci
    June 10, 2020

    Such a great post! I’ve considered deleting social media apps from my phone, but I constantly use being a content creator as an excuse not to do it.
    I know I should be doing most of my work from a laptop anyway.
    I’m glad to hear you’ve had such a positive experience! Maybe I can finally give myself the push to give it a try.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 16, 2020

      Thank you! Deleting the apps made such a huge difference. I’ve reinstalled them both now and I’m already noticing that I’m not using them as much. If I ever find myself overusing them then I’ll definitely do this again! x

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  25. Kelly
    June 11, 2020

    I feel like I need to do a little social media detox too. Since really getting in to blogging during lockdown my screen time has increased dramatically! Last night, I switched my phone to airplane mode and didn’t touch it all evening. It was such a good decision. Thanks for sharing! x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 11, 2020

      Turning on airplane mode in the evening is a fab idea! It’s so easy to spend hours on social media, particularly in lockdown x

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  26. Alyssa
    June 11, 2020

    Thanks for sharing this! I’ve been thinking about decluttering a lot of things from my life, social media included. I haven’t gone all the way deleting all of them at once yet, but I’ve started!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 16, 2020

      Glad you enjoyed reading! Sounds like you’re making great progress 🙂 x

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  27. Lisa Marie Alioto
    June 11, 2020

    Good for you – I think you’ve struck a great happy medium with social media!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 11, 2020

      Thank you! x

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  28. Sophie Naylor
    June 11, 2020

    I am completely the same with feeling burnt out spending so much time on social media and then sadly not enjoying writing blog posts as much anymore! 🙁 I definitely need to implement another social media break soon I think x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 11, 2020

      It’s frustrating seeing social media have an impact on your creativity levels! Taking a break has been so beneficial for my creativity and my positivity. I’d definitely recommend trying deleting the apps 🙂 x

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  29. lifestyleseason
    June 11, 2020

    Amazing post! A very interesting read! I try to limit the time I spend on social media but I take into account using it for blogging! Maybe one week I will do this too!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 11, 2020

      Thank you! Going forward I’ll definitely be limiting my time on social media x

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  30. Savvy Cali Girl
    June 11, 2020

    Excellent observations! I started small by turning off notifications from certain apps like Twitter & Instagram. That way, I can control impulses to check my phone so often. Helps more than I thought & anxiety moments reduced. Yay!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 11, 2020

      That’s a great starting point! I’ll probably be doing the same thing once I reinstall both apps x

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  31. Kelly A Gegg
    June 11, 2020

    It does certainly take a concerted effort and level of awareness to avoid social media. I have trouble with it at times, but since I’ve been focusing on my blog and have an actual computer now, I’ve found I spend less time on my phone scrolling mindlessly than I did before!! It’s a game-changer for sure!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 18, 2020

      Putting time into your blog is a great way to avoid scrolling through social media for hours! x

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  32. cherbelle
    June 15, 2020

    This was such a relatable post ! Loved it. I try to unplug from social media for a few days every month just to remind myself of things are that are more important and what truly matters !

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 18, 2020

      That sounds like a great way to balance online life and real life! I’m tempted to do something like that moving forward x

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  33. Kristyn
    June 17, 2020

    I really liked this post and agree that it’s really good for mental health to take social media breaks. Since being at home from the pandemic, my screen tine has increased a lot. My phone has a feature that notifies me every week of my screen tine usage and I’m disgusted that more than EIGHT hours of my day I’m on my phone! It’s not all aimless scrolling…lots to do with my blog, but still. It opens your eyes to see the usage stats.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 19, 2020

      I’ve been the same! I noticed since I wasn’t checking social media as much I actually started working on my blog a lot more. It’s crazy how much more productive you feel after taking a break! x

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  34. Esterella
    June 23, 2020

    Just discovered your blog and I love it – the design, the content. I relate to this post because I also occasionally feel a little overwhelmed with social media or like I’m investing too much time but don’t want to completely get rid of it

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 26, 2020

      Aw thank you so much! I think it’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed by social media, as long as we know when to take a break from it then we can still enjoy it 🙂 x

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  35. Tiziana
    June 30, 2020

    Such an interesting post! In the first 2 months of the pandemic I stopped using instagram and it helped me a lot with reducing anxiety. After all I missed it and now started to post every few days again and I really like the nice talks with others. I’ve never used Twitter much, but I was thinking about deleting some other apps from my phone as well in the last days. The last week I was sick and went online shopping way too much and realised I wouldn’t have done this without the app. So some apps will go (at least for a while)

    I will check out your pinterest! It’s a really nice app and I like using it a lot lately 🙂

    have a great day,

    Tiziana
    http://www.tizianaolbrich.de

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 5, 2020

      Glad you enjoyed reading! Pinterest is such a wholesome app to me, it’s a great place to find valuable information and I love how creative you can be with your pins. Since I reinstalled Pinterest I’ve decided to make it a creative outlet for myself and ever since I did I’m actually enjoying using it x

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  36. Niamh M
    July 1, 2020

    This sounds amazing and I am definitely going to be trying it! Thank you for sharing! ☺️

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 7, 2020

      It was really effective for me so I’d recommend trying it for sure x

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  37. Esterella
    July 13, 2020

    I relate to a lot in this post – I think social media can be a double edged sword and it can be really easy to end up spending too much time on it. I also find spending so much time on social media has a negative impact on my mental health so I end up taking breaks from time to time.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 16, 2020

      Agreed! My break last month was SO beneficial x

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  38. Merry
    July 19, 2020

    This is an amazing decision! I wonder if I should do the same. I constantly checking my Twitter, but not with Instagram. I don’t have good relationship with Instagram, tho. I relate so much to this post! xxx

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 26, 2020

      Deleting the apps was so beneficial for me so I’d definitely recommend trying it for yourself! After the break I came back to blogging and social media with a whole new mindset too. If you do try it let me know how you get on with it! x

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  39. Shannon diana
    August 1, 2020

    I need to try this! I love this post! X

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    1. femaleoriginal
      August 4, 2020

      It was so beneficial for me so I’d definitely recommend giving it a go! Thank you 🙂 x

      Reply
  40. Toni
    August 16, 2020

    Absolutely I’ve been on a social media break for almost 2 months and it’s freeing. I too found myself constantly scrolling on the phone between Facebook and Instagram for hours. At some point I got tired of looking at what everyone else was doing and realizing I wasn’t doing much of anything. I was less productive. This is the longest social media break I’ve taken and I haven’t made up in my mind if and when I’ll turn it back on. For the time being I have enjoyed peace of mind and I’ve been more productive and even paying better attention to my husband. Social media is good in many ways but can be a distraction if not used/viewed in moderation. You find yourself comparing your lives to others and at times begin thinking negatively. This is why I began my hiatus. I couldn’t be happier!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      August 20, 2020

      It’s crazy how much taking a break can make you realise just how much time you were spending on social media isn’t it! I’ve started applying this method whenever I feel like social media is negatively affecting me and it’s worked so well 🙂 x

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