I’ve been (mostly) off of social media for the month, but logged in a few times to look at pictures of my new nephew, Caleb, and to post to my work’s Facebook and Instagram.
It’s always good for me to get off of social media. I’ve taken numerous month-long breaks from it before. When I’m not using social media, I feel less anxious, care less about others’ opinions of me, and have more free time to read and write. During this most recent break, I really started to wonder: why am I still using social media if I see all of the ways it benefits my life when I don’t use it?
It’s not really the only way I have of keeping in touch with people. When I post something, I’m more concerned than I should be about how many “likes” I’m getting. And, even though I hate to admit it, it’s usually something that I use to “escape” from when I feel bored, uncomfortable, or don’t want to deal with what’s going on in my heart.
But those realizations still don’t answer the question: why am I still using social media?
Do any of you struggle with this? Should I get rid of my accounts for good? Why do you like Facebook and Instagram (I don’t have Snapchat or anything else)? The irony doesn’t escape me that my blog is linked to my Facebook account, so probably 99% of the people who read this use social media. But maybe you’re better at moderating your intake than I am, and might have some good suggestions for me?
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.