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Earlier this year I quit social media and I have zero regrets. It has been full of so many positive benefits.
Let me just say that it was a bit weird at first. But it was totally worth it!
So, why did I quit social media?
First off, let me start with this wasn’t a random or rash decision that I made. I’ve had this desire to leave Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for quite some time.
I had a social media account ever since Myspace was cool.
Over the last few years, I’ve felt myself less desirous of wasting time scrolling a feed that was filled with what an algorithm deemed important to serve me.
This desire of mine was amplified during Lent when I deactivated my accounts to focus on this holy season.
I came back to social media but on a limited basis and my VA handled social media posts for my other blog, Boots & Hooves Homestead.
And I figured that using her to schedule my posts, I wouldn’t get sucked back into the time suck of these social media accounts. But I was wrong.
Somehow, I would hop on just assuming that I was there to reply to messages and comments…but somehow it sucked me back in. And there I was wasting time scrolling.
I also convinced myself that having a social media presence was vital to the success of my business. But this is not true.
Social media had very little (if any) influence on the success of my business.
I discovered how addicting it was
Have you ever made a resolution to limit social media or screen time in your home? But then found yourself reaching for the phone or tablet often?
This was me.
I realized that I was addicted to my smartphone and social media.
After discovering that it was incredibly additive for myself, I did something a little unorthodox.
I ditched my smartphone completely and bought a very standard flip phone. Boy, was that a challenge. I pretty much had to deprogram myself from the reliance I had to the smartphone in order to operate a basic phone.
And again, this wasn’t a rash decision. I pondered this for over a year before I made the commitment.
Unfortunately, after two weeks of using a generic flip phone, I had to reactivate my old smartphone again. This was because of a few reasons.
- We live rurally and the reception is terrible most of the time. I was missing calls, text messages, and other things that were actually important.
- My husband was frustrated with trying to communicate with me through email because I wasn’t receiving his calls or messages.
So basically for the sake of my marriage, I went back to my smartphone. But… I don’t have social media or other unnecessary apps on it. And I still treat it like a basic phone and leave it in my bedroom or on the charger when not needed.
I made time for the things that are truly important in my life.
📱A few reasons why I abhor social media (and smartphones too!):
- the biggest dislike for me was that it was a distraction
- they are definite time sucks…I wasted too much time scrolling various apps
- I felt dumbed down – I became reliant on my smartphone for basic things
- I lacked focus, concentration, and productivity suffered
- creativity was also suffering
- I felt slothful and sluggish most days
- I also noticed stress and anxiety creeping into my life
Benefits I’ve discovered since quitting social media
If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that I’m a homeschooler and we follow the Charlotte Mason method of education. And a big important part of this method of education is based on atmosphere and discipline of education.
The mother-teacher is the gatekeeper and I spent a lot of time in reflection. What type of home atmosphere was I trying to create when I was filled with distractions?
So what benefits did I personally experience after I quit social media? First of all, it wasn’t easy. There definitely was some struggles initially.
But after I got over the desires for checking my phone, I learned a lot about myself.
- I no longer desire to waste time on things that have little value. And I get more things accomplished during the day. Productivity has returned!
- I have more time God. My spiritual life has improved since I’m making more time for prayer and less time distracted with worldly things.
- My relationship with my husband and children has improved. I have more time for face to face interactions and less time staring at a screen.
- I’m less stressed and anxious.
- My happiness, mood, sleep, and health have all improved! I’m more energetic, active, and have even lost 20 pounds!!
- My creativity has returned. And now I have more time to do fun things like spend time in nature and do artistic things like brush or chalk drawing with my children.
- I read more. I actually have more time to read the novels and literature that I enjoy.
- I feel like I use my brain more. As silly as this sounds, it’s definitely true.
🌵A few tips to get started:
- begin and end the day with prayer, meditation, and/or spiritual reading
- take some time for self care!
- find a good routine for your lifestyle
- spend time with loved ones — in person!
- get outside and become more active
- find an accountability partner
Where would you like to start?