For the past 7 years of my life I’ve updated one website or another with stauses. (Yep, I’ve been on Facebook way too long… back when it was college students only.)
Seven years of random thoughts and observations and useless info documenting my days. I’ve updating tens of thousands times, if not hundreds of thousands.
I wonder how much time of my life those statuses account for. I wonder how much of my time I’ve wasted not only thinking up those statuses but typing them out, replying to responses, and reading other statuses.
Way too much time, that’s how much.
I recently decided to take a break from social media unless it is for my job or clients. I’m eliminating personal use for a while to see what it feels like to go back to living a normal life where I don’t update statuses constantly. I want to see what it’s like to do amazing things and think amazing things without worrying about sharing those thoughts with my closest thousand friends/fans/followers.
I want to get my time back. I want to save myself from myself – the girl who wastes too much time getting sucked into social media when I’m bored or trying to procrastinate. I want to eliminate the insecurity and anxiety that social media sometimes causes me.
I wonder how much more I’ll be able to get done without social media. I wonder how strong the urge will be to share these statuses that I’m used to sharing. Seven years is a long time to be so involved with social media. I sometimes even think in status form or at least plan my future statuses as things are happening in real time. I wonder how long it will take to eliminate that from my mind.
I honestly don’t know how this will go nor do I know how long it will last or when it will end. It’s an indefinite sabbatical for now and I’m planning to try it out for a month at least. I’ll still be blogging so I’m not leaving, I’m just not promoting and I’m not following social media.
Last night I was feeling weird and scared without access to social media. I was missing the connections and knowing what’s going on in the world. I was missing that nightly habit of reading through everyone’se statuses before going to bed. So I already gave in to Facebook the first day just because I felt so alone. The fact that it happened makes me even more convinced that I need to take a break from social media and reset myself.
If you need me or want to chat I’ll be around in the comments on my blogs or via e-mail. :)