Why It's Good To Have A Regular Digital Detox

Friday, 19 January 2018


These days it's so easy to become caught up in the digital world. Social media and the internet seems to be all around us constantly invading our lives. And with that comes an immense amount of pressure. Pressure to show your "best life". Pressure surrounding likes and followers. When, if you look at the bigger picture, it's all pointless bullshit really. I saw a tweet that a friend had shared a while ago that said something like "the internet used to be an escape from real life but now real life is an escape from the internet" and it struck a nerve with me. I completely got it. I often get the feeling that I need a break from being online, even though I love social media and blogging.

Why I Took A Break

Pressure
Like I mentioned before, there's a huge amount of pressure surrounding social media. There's pressure to look a certain way and act a certian way. To follow trends and keep up with what everyone else is doing. It makes it so easy to compare yourself to others and it can be dangerous for your confidence and self esteem. Ever since I was a child I've never been bothered about following a crowd and fitting in with what everyone else is doing so taking time away from my phone or laptop let's me remember that and focus on doing my own thing. Something I personally think everyone could do with being reminded of.

Negativity
I don't know if it's just me but social media seems to be the breeding ground for a lot of negativity at the moment. Ridiculous twitter beef and hate comments are taking over my timeline and I bloody hate it. Waking up to see some that some knobhead has filmed a suicide victim's body and posted it on youtube. It's all getting so out of hand and there seems to be no boundaries. People complain about anything and everything and always have something negative to say. It's draining. Articles online with pathetic headlines talking about celeb acne or weight gain as if it's completely normal and acceptable for people to attack others that they don't even know who've done nothing wrong. Daily, I'm reading foolish tweets about how (and I quote) "depression is a choice, tell it to jog on." It's just stupid. I can't remember the last time I logged onto twitter and didn't see some sort of offensive or controversial thread/tweet. It can really impact a person. I know first hand that situations like that Logan Paul fuck up stay on your mind all day. Why can't we all go back to the early days of the internet where we'd all be happy watching cat videos or playing cool maths games.

Although I love the internet I'm so glad I grew up in the generation I did. Where the internet was fairly new and I'd only really use it for MSN (those were the days) and dress up games. It's so weird seeing 8 year olds these days with a better Iphone than me and every social media account. I hate to sound like an OAP but when I was 8 I spent my life outside on my bike playing curbsee (did anyone else play this?!) and showing off my shoes with wheels. I recently hit breaking point in terms of my internet frustrations and decided it was about time I just took time away. I scheduled blog posts, deleted all social media apps and only used my phone for texting and taking photos. And boy was it rewarding.

What I Found Out
It made me realise just how much I'm on my phone. I knew I used it quite a lot anyway but it was like I was having withdrawal symptoms from constantly refreshing twitter or instagram. I had real conversations with people instead of being half there and half on snapchat seeing what everybody else is up to. It also made me realise how much time I spend on my blog. It's funny really because I've never really thought about how much time I put into this thing but it turns out it's a bloody lot. I missed checking stats and comments and writing/planning posts. In the beginning I felt bored and desperate to just have a cheeky scroll but after a few days I became used to it. It was almost nice. I didn't worry about anything going on but I did feel like I was missing out. I read more, listened to more music and just generally took in my surroundings a bit more. It's kind of mad how big a part the internet/social media plays in my life. Not all of it is a bad thing though.

So, will I delete all social media profiles, sell my phone and burn my laptop and move to the middle of nowhere? No. Even though I enjoyed my little experiment, I won't be giving it all up. I will however try my best to make realistic goals. Try not to look at my phone before bed or let it be the first thing I look at when I wake up. Ditch the phone during meals or when I'm with family. Little things like that.

Would be cool to know your thoughts on the internet and social media lately?
Liv x


10 comments

  1. I could do with a social media detox, I think it would be so good just to put everything back into perspective. I do think I would miss my blog though, might have to give it a go for myself, we will see!
    Grace xx
    gracexkate.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I missed my blog loads, that was the one thing I couldn't stop thinking about xx

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  2. I had a social media break at the beginning of the year and seriously enjoyed it. It made me realise how much time I spent on my phone too and I actually struggled to find things to do when I started. I want to do this more often throughout 2018 and really enjoy life offline


    Abi | abistreetx

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    1. I usually take a break in the new year to recharge my batteries and take time away to think! Sounds like a good idea to do it more often xx

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  3. I completely agree, I think this is something everyone needs to do every now and then to reset. Your friend's tweet is so true too, real life really is an escape!

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    1. It's so important to do every now and then xx

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  4. Yes we all need to remember to take time out, I honestly don't think I go more than 30 minutes without looking at a screen for most my day - that's so bad!
    I want to be more in the moment and more present!

    Corrie | Corrie Arnold

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    1. I'm the exact same, I constantly have it with me 24/7!!xx

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  5. Social media detoxes are so good sometimes! Especially as you mentioned there is a lot of negativity online which can be really upsetting to see sometimes! Plus not scrolling endlessly through social media before you go to bed is meant to be really good for helping you sleep properly I hear! Great post :) x

    Tash | natashatodd.co.uk

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