16 thoughts on “Why I Ditched Social Media and Never Looked Back

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  1. Robyn

    Great post! I just took three weeks off of social media, and although it was a little painful at first, each day I spent less time thinking about it. I found so much time to read entire books, get some chores done, etc. It really opened my eyes to how much I was fooling myself by thinking “it’s just 15 minutes here and there”- those multiple sessions of endless scrolling really add up!

    And you’re right- there is a floaty feeling that comes with the freedom from constant comparison and consumption. I’ve logged back on to my accounts, but feel better equipped to limit how much time I spend there. And the best benefit of taking a hiatus is that the desire to be there actually wanes quite a bit. :)

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  2. Sorcha

    I don’t think I’ll ever give up social completely but I’m definitely more interested in only using the platforms I enjoy. Too much digital clutter is just as bad as too much physical clutter!

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  3. Daisy

    Great post, Jessica! I first thought of ditching social media entirely when Alexandra Franzen shared her thought about it (http://www.alexandrafranzen.com/2015/08/19/why-i-do-not-use-social-media-anymore/) and you’re reminding me to be intentional about it.

    I have a lot of long-distance friends I only meet once a year, and social media’s the way I can remain close with them in between those visits. Aside from that, my profiles are generally pretty quiet these days, and like you said, I never realized what a time suck they were until I stopped using them so much! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Jessica Beer

      I agree that social media, when used intentionally, is a great tool. Personally I have friends in another country and just lately I’m challenging myself to writing letters instead of sending emails. It takes more time, but who doesn’t love receiving mail?! And thank you for your lovely comments!

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  4. Kasey

    Yes! I gave up Instagram and Facebook at the start of the year and I haven’t looked back. I wouldn’t say I’ve been more productive but I definitely feel the “light as a feather” comparison you reference above. Pre-the downsize I’d walk around feeling like I had to take pictures of everything to eventually upload to one of the platforms (mostly Instagram). I like not feeling like this anymore; The unnecessary, ridiculous pressure. Now I just enjoy what’s around me.

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  5. Our Frugal Escapades

    As someone who was born in the seventies long before we had the internet, I can certainly see myself getting along just fine without social media. I am convinced that too much social media presence can eventually lead one to become antisocial in a sense. All I have to do is think back to all of the social and community events I was a part of way back when compared to today. Big difference! I think it would be more beneficial if we spent a little less time on social media and a little more time actually socializing! – Mrs. FE

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    1. Jessica Beer

      That’s a great way of phrasing it! Just because social media is labelled ‘social’ doesn’t mean it’s sociable! Hopefully you’re inspired to downsize digitally – and perhaps do without social media at all :)

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  6. Lindsey

    I cannot speak to getting rid of social media (maybe some day), but a lot of what you are describing came when my boyfriend and I decided to get rid of all internet in our home (initially a monetary decision, but now, perhaps, a lifestyle decision). We still have our phones (with a limited data amount–once its gone for the month its gone), but as a result we are doing other things. Tackling other projects. I find that our house is cleaner, dishes done more frequently. I’ve been utilizing my cookbooks more and getting rid of stuff we don’t need. When we do need internet for a prolonged period of time we walk to library or a cafe and enjoy each other’s company at the same time. You get the picture. Not exactly the same thing, but without limitless access to the internet we do check our social media less. And boy is it nice.

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  7. Dacero

    Great article!! I ditched social media and dont have a facebook, twitter or instagram, and deleted my whatsapp account more than a year ago for good, this year played around with telegram for a couple of months, deleted it 2 weeks ago, it was too time consuming and in the end you are wasting your time chit chatting, there is no mistery with those apps, I live better without them. What do you think about instant messaging apps, do you use whatsapp or those kind of apps?

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    1. Jessica Beer

      Hi Dacero, thank you! Great question – I used Google hangouts earlier in the year for a while (as a free alternative to texting). Instant messaging isn’t really under the same umbrella as social media. I haven’t used it recently as I simply prefer email, texts, writing letters, etc.

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  8. Kayla

    Deleted my Facebook a month ago, and it honestly feels great. The reason I deleted Facebook was due to having a breakdown over it, Taking up my time in the day, not talking to my Family, Snapping at others for no reason, and not getting things done… So after I had taken my account down it feel wonderful. Deleted twitter a couple months back, barley getting on youtube. I guess I’m just getting tired of it.. I get ahold of my family, and friends by calling them, and mailing them… Time flies by quick… Don’ waste it by being consumed with Social media.. My relationship with family, and friends has mended back, and it makes me happy…

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  9. Lianne

    Im planning on taking a detox soon as I’m convinced it’s the best thing for me… but what about work? My blog is my business. Social media is my way of connecting with opportunities (I believe) so does anyone have tips on how to get around that? Do I just share to social media and never check my messages? Do I boycott everything and rely on my SEO? Does Pinterest count? I can’t stand social media but it’s where my audience is :/

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    1. Jessica Beer

      A detox sounds great – especially as you’re convinced it’s the best thing for you! I don’t know what’s involved with running a blog, but I do know that I want to wake up excited every single day to go to work (or to work from home). I want to wake up feeling like I’m making a difference and enjoying myself in the process. If those feelings are resonating with you, I really encourage you to take a break from social media. You could even involve your audience by blogging about it.
      So don’t be afraid of taking time to rediscover what’s important to you. Don’t be apologetic for taking time to explore alternatives. Who knows, you might even inspire your audience to do the same! I hope you’ve found this helpful & I’d love to hear how you get on :)

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