In 2022 I decided to find out what life without social media would look like.
I was so tired of seeing people arguing. I had so much anxiety and I thought a lot of it was coming from social.
Disconnecting from Social Media
So I packed up my Facebook and Instagram, shut them down and decided to try life without social media. You can read this post for more details on how I left and what I’d do different this time:
How to Disconnect from Social Media
This post was written two months into quitting social media…
Here’s my summary of life after leaving Facebook & Instagram:
How Quitting Social Media Affected Family & Friends:
I do feel like I’m missing out on seeing photos of family and friends and that sucks… I don’t like that. It’s the one major con of my leaving.
I will add I DID feel quite disconnected at first but I’ve since put focus on local connections and have been having one heck of a summer so far! Friends, family, fun and lots of activity.
(The above was written July, 2022 when full off social.)
Update August 20th, 2023: After getting BACK on social media a few months I can say that this summer I was MUCH more distracted. This took away from the quality of my connections with my family, my children and myself. Reading this and comparing REALLY shows me I need to remove myself again.
Here is a photo from the summer 2022 at Niagara Falls with my Husband and Daughter:
How Quitting Social Media Affected Mental Health:
I was getting a lot of anxiety from the mindless scroll, the negative comments, the fear of judgement on my opinions, etc. I’m glad to leave that out of my life and I think it’s better for it.
And of course I also played the comparison game on social, how do you not? I would see people looking pretty or having a clean house or on a beautiful vacation and wish I had those things. Can’t do that mess if I’m not on there. 🙂
How Quitting Social Media Affected News:
I guess I was getting all of my news from Facebook because I don’t watch news on TV (we don’t even have cable) and I don’t look up news. This hasn’t affected my life in any significant way. I hear about the big things from family and friends.
How Quitting Social Media Affected Time:
I would spend a ridiculous amount of time on Facebook & Instagram. It was almost all wasted time. I have won that time back.
How Quitting Social Media Affected Productivity:
I’ve still got a phone addiction that I’m working on but while on my phone after quitting social media I would go to my email and clear out my inbox, answer emails, respond, etc. That makes me more productive doing that alone.
How Quitting Social Media Affected Morals:
I make a stand against things I don’t want to support by not supporting them. This is why I’m vegan. So if I were to continue to use Facebook (the main culprit as I see it) and also Instagram, I’d be going against my own morals to not support something I think is pretty detrimental to society. This is NOT a judgement on anyone else. I just feel good standing up for what feels right to me.
Life Without Social Media and Society Norms:
There’s this interesting thing about bucking a social norm. I did it when I became an entrepreneur, again when I became vegan and now with leaving social. People seem so surprised and sometimes their response makes me question my decision. For the most part, though, I feel just fine not doing something even if most other people are doing it.
How Quitting Social Media Affected Business:
Here’s the thing. I maybe have only made $1,000 on social media out of over $1,000,000 in sales online. The bulk of that social income was made when I purchased a site with a Facebook group of 10,000 people that I played around with promoting for a bit.
So when I decided to cut out social I was NOT cutting out an income stream. That made it a pretty easy business decision. It hasn’t affected my business in any negative way that I can tell.
How do I make money? You know it – Email Marketing.
My main method of list-building has been participating in collaboration events – mainly bundle sales & some giveaways (same thing but free). My training on that is right here.
Quitting Social Media Conclusion:
I don’t regret leaving social media AT ALL. I think it might be one of the smartest decision I’ve made in many years.
August 20th, 2023 Update on Life Without Social Media:
I returned to social media – Instagram and Facebook – about five months ago.
And I’m ready to leave, again, honestly.
While I DO greatly appreciate a few relationships I’ve built on there I don’t find that I’m wasting too much time in the feed scrolling and watching random things I don’t need to watch.
So my plan is to leave my accounts, this time, and just leave the platforms.
I’m going to do a 30-Day Social Media Detox for myself so that I can reset my need to go on there multiple times per day! It’s an unhealthy pattern I want to break.