I’ve seen a lot of people take breaks from Facebook or their phones and felt that they had good results from it. Ever since I updated my phone and saw how much time I was spending on apps, I decided it would be nice to designate a day to not use social media. I still used my phone even though I don’t get a lot of texts, heaven knows the one day I throw my phone in a drawer and forget about it something important would happen.
Lately I’ve been questioning my influencer/blog life. It seems like it’s something that comes into my mind every couple of months. I’ve been reading a lot about how millennials have a hard time having hobbies just for the fun of it, we’re always pressured to monetize or make use of it as we’re always pushed in the category of lazy.
I guess that’s how I feel about my blog. I didn’t even know what an influencer was when I started it. I knew I wanted people to read it, thought I could make some money off ads. But then Instagram became the place to make money so the whole blogging thing became much bigger. But it gets discouraging when you don’t get the campaigns, don’t get the views, don’t get the likes. Even if I’m trying my best to just make this a hobby with a perk of some spending cash on the side.
On my day without social media, I woke up and forgot I was doing this and scrolled through Instagram. I tried opening the apps mindlessly throughout the day, only to be reminded I’m trying to take a break.
I slept in, I watched some Netflix, I went to the gym, we took our doggo to the park. I didn’t really miss social media, I missed filling gaps in the day with something. Social media keeps me busy, almost no time to reflect.
Nighttime was the hardest because I am usually an avid user of social media, especially TikTok, right before bed. I completed two coloring pages and started a new show (Bunheads, which is not new, but I really like) just to try to keep my hands from reaching to my phone.
The next morning, the world hadn’t ended. Social media didn’t miss me. It was another outside perspective I needed. On one hand, the world doesn’t really care if I’m on social media. On the other hand, it’s something I can enjoy in moderation, especially when it comes to the blog stuff.
Take a look at your weekly phone use, how many hours of screen time do you have?