90 Day Instagram Detox: How To Gain More Time, Peace of Mind and Productivity!
“Clarity” is the word that comes to mind when I reflect on the past three months of my life.
I must say, I never thought I would have withdrawal symptoms from an app, but I’ve learned to expect that anything can happen in this high-tech, fast paced world we live in today. Even though Instagram is a creative outlet and an excellent marketing/business tool for many entrepreneurs, it can most definitely have its adverse effects as well. After 90 days of absolutely NO Instagram, I discovered that disconnecting this social media account actually re-connected me to the beautifully broken, messy yet authentic reality of life.
Starve The Ego; Feed The Soul:
"When you're hungry for praise, it shows. People can tell you crave to hear it. They'll sing you praises until you're feeding out of their hands. When your ego-appetite is tamed, you are more aware of your life, the people in it, and what you really want to achieve, less distracted by your need for approval” (Physcologytoday).
To be defined by external factors like looks, possessions, and status in society can be quite draining. Feeding my soul definitely tasted sweet as I was able to see myself and others from a perspective of true character verses an external measuring system.
Time, Time, and More TIME:
Time is a currency, and it can be spent, invested, or wasted.
“Internet users are now spending an average of 2 hours and 22 minutes per day on social networking and messaging platforms” (Digital).
Two hours does not seem like an extensive amount of time, but try multiplying that by 7 days a week on social media. I don’t know about you, but I can surely invest 14 hours into SO much more than scrolling, liking, and browsing through people’s whereabouts.
Finding my truth:
Isn’t it quite bizarre how Instagram photos can make 5% of a person’s life seem like 100% of their reality? I don’t want to go as far as saying “it’s ALL a lie” but in a sense, it is deceiving if you really dissect it. “Lying by omission is when a person leaves out important information or fails to correct a pre-existing misconception in order to hide the truth from others” (Aconscious). It’s important to remember that a high percentage of posts on Instagram focus on the good, the highlights of life while leaving out the bad and ugly of life.
Envy, jealousy, comparison, and ungratefulness are just some of the emotional outcomes I’ve experienced throughout the 7 years I have owned an Instagram account. I knew it was time to take a long break from virtual reality and re-evaluate how Instagram was affecting my psyche (the human soul, mind, and spirit).
Balance is Key:
To be completely clear, I am NOT anti-social media whatsoever, and in fact I am grateful for the many professional and collaborative opportunities it has given me. After all, I am using this social media platform to share this blog. I am however, anti-idolizing social media and believing it to be a fully true reality.
Phew! I’m still shook that 90 days off Instagram resulted in such “wokeness” in every area of my life. This leads me to challenge YOU to take a break from Instagram, however long you feel necessary to reflect and come back with a renewed perspective! Trust me, you won’t regret it one bit!