I’m circa 3-4 months into an Instagram-free life and i’ve gone well over a year without Facebook now. Twitter even longer.
I should acknowledge here that I very recently opened an Instagram account for The Sunday Stories because it’s generally impossible to gain visitors to a blog without the help of social media, but i’m keen to differentiate between what I would consider a ‘business’ account and a personal social media page.
I’m still addicted to scrolling my phone, so dropping social media hasn’t helped me reduce my usage, i’ve just replaced Instagram with Pinterest. What I have found is that i’m less bothered by what other people are doing, i’m less nosy, I have less stalkery tendencies and I genuinely do feel more fulfilled by my own life.
Last week I spent the weekend in the country side, sitting in the garden over looking green fields for miles, playing cards, drinking Prosecco and binging on chocolate and it wasn’t until the following day I realised that not once did I wonder what anyone else was up to, I didn’t feel the need to post anything to prove I was having a good time. Felt quite nice.
The most poignant part for me is on the days or nights when i’m doing nothing, if i’m sitting at home feeling a bit shit I’d usually spend hours scrolling through the gram just to really hone in on how much of a loser I thought I was by looking at pictures and stories of people I know having loads of fun. Now I might still be a bit of a loser but I don’t get half as much FOMO and I tend to enjoy, or at least appreciate the quiet moments alone too.
If you find Instagram a little bit infuriating, but you’re not quite ready to give it up yet, I’d recommend removing accounts that just don’t have a positive affect on you – even if those accounts belong to people you know. Before I ditched my personal account all together, I removed a lot of people I went to school with, or worked with once upon a time. You’re not obligated to keep those people in your life just because you knew them once before and the sooner you realise that and improve your mental health by curating your viewing choices to suit your interests, the better you’ll feel.
I would love to know if you’ve ever felt like there’s a bit too much social media in your life at the moment, or if you feel it connects you to the world a bit more. There’s no fact or educated opinion behind my decision to remove Instagram, Facebook & Twitter from my personal life, it was for my mental well being and peace of mind, I’d still love to debate the crap out of it though.