So Long Social Media

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I decided earlier in May that for the month of June, I would remove social media apps from my phone. I realized I was too dependent on social media and my screen report made me cringe every Sunday when it popped up. Mixed with everything happening related to COVID, I wasn’t spending any time accomplishing anything, other than scrolling through social media on and off all day, everyday. A whole day would go by and I would realize it was 4 PM and I couldn’t think of a single thing I had accomplished. I was also getting angry seeing others post pictures of themselves back out in public, or with groups of friends, in close proximity and without masks.

It’s now been almost three weeks and honestly, I’m so mad I didn’t try it sooner. My evenings and weekends are so much more open, I can actually look back on my day and list off a number of things I accomplished, none of which involved my phone. I’ve had time to draw, time to take an online class, watch documentaries (and actually retain the information because I was paying attention). I’ve organized and cleaned more of my apartment, and spent more time reading the actual news, rather than what my friends were just posting about.

I also feel like I’ve cut down on my clothing spending, as I’m not seeing influencer’s posts and making impulse purchases, because I have to have that trendy item. I have increased my apartment decor/storage spending, so it’s really netting out, but still I consider it a win because I’m spending money on things that are actually necessary and useful, versus another dress to hang in my closet.

I still have two more weeks and I’m already sad that I am halfway finished. Maybe I’ll keep going into July as well, as I am afraid I’ll fall back into my lazy, aimlessly scrolling ways. If you are reading this like, ‘this girl is crazy, I could never delete my apps;’ I challenge you to try it for at least a day, or even a weekend, just to give yourself time to do things you’ve been meaning to do, and give your mind (and eyes) a break. I promise, you’ll survive and you don’t need to see that picture of your friend’s banana bread or your ex’s story of him out on a boat.

How does social media impact your life? Are you obsessed with it or couldn’t care less?

Sincerely,
Sara Ann

 

 

10 Basic Things from this Week (8/22)

  1. PSLs are out Sept. 8th. Basic ladies, rejoice, we have reached the promised land once again (also, NBC News, thanks for the hard hitting news updates).
  2. Taylor Swift got a banner at Staples Center, surprised by Kobe Bryant, also slays half of fan base with an acoustic ‘All Too Well’ #RIPMe
  3. A new American Girl doll will be coming out and she doesn’t seem so sparky or pizzazz-y to me. Hm, AG, my vote is still out on this girl, but I’ll wait til she’s out to officially cast my vote.
  4. The most important quiz you will ever take. (I got Cotton Candy–You are the Nicki Minaj of Frappuccinos…)
  5. I wish I went to this high school.
  6. For my fellow INFJs, I understand the struggle, these are so on point.
  7. JOJO IS BACK. and with three singles, thank God. My inner early 2000’s preteen is giddy with excitement.
  8. Also in music, 1D has a new video (without Zayn) and don’t lie that you don’t endlessly replay their tunes, because sh*tty pop music makes the world go ’round.
  9. How to Write a Rockstar Twitter Bio, which is hella important to know.
  10. If these rumors are true, homegirl is switching from Android to Apple ASAP.

Hope you have a beautiful weekend, Reader!

Love, B.