Social media is a wonderful thing, since joining Twitter in particular I have discovered an amazing community of supportive, likeminded and inspirational people. I have learnt so much from it, and without it I know I would still be feeling isolated with my mental health struggles. But I have got to a point where I know our relationship has become an unhealthy one, from the moment I wake up I am itching to check my feed, “what have I missed” I find myself thinking. There have been many occasions where I have needed to get something done but I see that little Twitter icon and I cannot resist the temptation, it’s like a drug and I’m addicted, I can’t say no. I will easily spend hours trawling online, of course social media has connected me with some brilliant content but I’ve also wasted more time on there than I’d like to admit.
A few times I have found myself dreaming of being back in the “good old days” before technology took over, I would love my children to grow up how I did, going out to play with their friends at the park instead of sitting in front of a screen all night, but how can I encourage that when I am doing the latter, and I know I am not the only one who feels this way. I read an article recently of a mum who took a break from social media, by taking a temporary step back it allowed her to re-evaluate their relationship, to put everything into perspective. After her hiatus, she commented that she no longer felt like she needed to know where her phone was at all times, as I read of her experience I felt myself longing to know how that would feel, I could only imagine it and that’s when I knew I needed to do something.
I have previously tried to restrict my time on my phone but it is like a weakness and I have caved in every time, so this is why I have decided to take a complete break from it, for 30 days to be precise. I am not saying that social media is a bad thing, far from it, it has developed the world in many positive ways and will long continue to do so, which is why I believe it is beneficial to be a part of it, but I am hoping that my time away will help me to take back control and get the balance right for me going forward.
I will still be posting on my blog because this is something I enjoy immensely and I actually find it therapeutic, I don’t believe it is quite the same as the social media which currently has a hold over me, here I am able to write offline and it doesn’t distract me from living in the present moment. I’d love to hear what you think of social media, what is your relationship like with it? Have you taken a break from it too, how did you find it?