Social media reduction

Towards the end of January, I decided to limit by social media usage to 30 minutes a day. I set a ‘focus mode’ on my phone that blocked Instagram from 9 AM to 8 PM. I’ve been so busy at work, that even if I didn’t have focus mode turned on, I don’t think I’d be checking Instagram as much. (Full disclosure, Instagram is the only social media I really use. I don’t look at Twitter, Facebook, or Tiktok. Is YouTube considered social media? I do watch videos…).

It has been much easier than I thought. I’ve been surprised, after the first few days, my social media browsing was way below 30 minutes. Sometimes only being 10 minutes a day! Enough time for me to check my accounts, reply to messages, and show some love on my favorite accounts.

It is amazing to me that people have such big accounts on social media and basically live for it, but it can be shut off in the blink of an eye. I remember last year when Facebook/ Instagram didn’t work for an entire day. I can’t imagine if my entire livelihood depended on an app that could glitch and you’d lose your income. I don’t think about influencers a single bit when I’m not on social media. It’s been such an odd evolution in our society.

Millennials have been fortunate to see the beginning of social media and each new app that has come along. I remember the Top 8 on MySpace was such a huge deal in high school, you could only get Facebook by using a college email address, and Instagram didn’t have captions. There are some days that I consider just posting photos, no captions, on Instagram. You know, throwing it back old school 🤣. I think I will do that.

I also struggle with the fine line of sharing on Instagram and keeping my life private. It’s important to me that I don’t post photos of other people without their permission and no photos of children. That’s just my own personal rule. I don’t believe children can consent and I feel like there will be a lot of lawsuits in the future regarding images, especially the bloggers that use their children to make money. It’s a topic that I find very interesting and am curious where it will land in the future. [I do want to say, there is a difference of posting to a private account where you personally know every follower and posting to a public account. I keep my rules for my private account but don’t judge those who post what they want. I get that some people use Instagram to keep their family and friends updated, whereas my family just utilizes group texts].

I also miss the days of people posting random things. For example, I made some friendship bracelets (years ago) and that is one of my posts from 2015ish. I have one of my cat laying across my cacti pots because it cracked me up. Now, everything is so curated. On my personal Instagram, I am moving back to these type of posts, fun little tidbits of things I am interested in and things that make me smile. There has been a movement to go back to this way of posting, but even people attempting to do that are still curating their posts. It’s just one of those things that happened and social media has evolved and we just can’t go back, so those who lived it will just be able to look back fondly on it. It makes me happy to look back at little snippets of my life, so I’ll keep posting like I used to (infrequent and randomly…) the Instagram account associated with my blog may or may not ever get scheduled posts. 🤷‍♀️


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