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3 Things I Learned During My 30 Day Social Media Detox

phone-notebook-computerHi! It’s been a while, I know. I had to take a step back from everything I had going to prepare for my fall semester final exams. During that time I decided to take a little break from social media. What began as a social media break turned into a 30 day social media detox.

For me, social media had become a major distraction and massive source of FOMO. Although I needed to be focusing on my finals and I told myself I was the reality is, I wasn’t. I would turn off my phone for 1 or 2 hours. After I would take a social media filled “study break” that would last for 1 or 2 hours lol. I wasn’t getting my work done so, I got rid of my main distractions. Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and even WordPress.

Due to my social media detox I got through finals, got the highest grades I’ve ever gotten in law school (!!!) and learned the following 3 things.

  1. I can and will find other ways to waste my time. I’d love to tell you that without social media I was 100% productive 100% of the time but it didn’t happen. Instagram was replaced by pinterest, snapchat with and youtube. Twitter was replaced with random online wedding chat rooms (wedding planning is an illness ya’ll). Although social media was a major source of distraction, deleting social media was not the cure all for my productivity problems.
  2. Social media can be a source of negativity. There are a lot of things that have been really hard about law school but one of the things I would have never expected is how hard it is to watch everyone living their best life while I’m stuck at the library for weeks at a time. Twitter, instagram, and even blogs give all of us easy access into what’s going on in other peoples lives and it can get overwhelming. Envy, self consciousness, jealousy were all characteristic I’ve felt while using social media. I realize it’s important to admit to myself when I’m feeling those feelings. It’s important to  admit that social media may be the cause of my feelings. And it’s important  to step away when social media gets to be too much.
  3. I didn’t miss social media as much as I thought it would. If you ask my fiancé he would tell you that I am a social media addict. I do spend far more time on social media then him (and probably most people lol), but I wasn’t fiending to get back on it. My detox ended while we were celebrating my fiancé’s 30th birthday in LA. When we arrived I was a little bummed I couldn’t snap or instagram some of the cool things we were doing but, after a few days I forgot about it. My 30 day detox allowed me to prove to myself that without social media, life goes on.

Would any of you consider a social media detox? Why or why not? Let me know below!I’m glad I took social media detox but I’m back and so excited to be back blogging! If you found this post helpful, pin it using the image below.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Catherine Yvonne

    You are AMAZING for pulling that off! I would love to do a challenge like that, but you’re totally right that social media would be replaced by other websites in an instant!

    February 11, 2018 at 10:01 PM
  • Reply L. Bee

    Giirrrl let me tell you, I can so relate to FOMO. I’m in a PhD program and sometimes I get a little down when I see my friends who are out here on vacation just living it up lol. I plan on doing a social media detox myself pretty soon. I think it’ll be worth it.

    February 14, 2018 at 3:33 PM
    • Reply blackgirlwhitewine@gmail.com

      It’s so hard! Tuning out for a bit really helps. Good luck with your program, we’ll both be living our best lives soon enough! lol

      February 15, 2018 at 3:49 PM
  • Reply Kamrin

    I love that you discovered you really don’t need social media! I feel like I need a break sometimes too. Maybe I’ll have to try it.

    February 15, 2018 at 1:01 PM
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