My Life Without Social Media
My first semester of college, I blended in with most of the students on campus. I kid you not, on the first day of class most of us were glued to our phones as if they gave us some sense of security.
Later that year, it hit me that social media just didn’t feel real, so I said I would go a few weeks without it. Soon I decided I could live without it. Disconnecting from social media has been one of the best decisions that I have made in college and has helped me experience life on another level.
This has been my life without social media.
Time for Real Life
Since I disconnected, I have much more time to do other things. The few minutes I would take to check social media throughout my day has converted into time for other things, such as making a good breakfast. Also, I just feel more aware and appreciative of the small things in life.
I feel much more confident without social media.
Words that lost their meaning in social media have been restored. The people I call my friends, for example, are my true friends that I actually talk to.
Furthermore, it’s so nice to just take a photo and not worry about the filter or contrast. Even better, I no longer seek affirmation from seeing how many likes or retweets I get.
More Personal Relationships
The one downside to not having social media is that I am left out of the loop. But it does come with a greater upside: my relationships are more personal.
The people who matter most have my phone number and will contact me if something is going on. It’s so exciting to walk out my door and wonder what the day has in store for me.
As much as I would like to say that I no longer exist on social media, unfortunately I could never truly get rid of my accounts — they are “deactivated.”
Sometimes I even receive emails from social media apps asking if I would like to log back in — strange, huh? But overall I have experienced a freedom like no other. My life is like my little secret and I find it more meaningful that way. I get to live my life as it was meant to be: my own.
I want to challenge you to try disconnecting for a month — or at least a week. I’ll be honest, you may be bored at times, but I don’t doubt you’ll learn a little more about yourself.