People Have Actually Gone Off Social Media Completely
It may be hard to believe in our digitally saturated age that people have actually gone off social media completely. When we spend upwards of two hours a day online, (for some people this time is up to four or five hours per day), social media has become like a drug. We fall down the Twitter hole like thumb tapping zombies with no real sense of space or time. Before we know it, we’ve missed a deadline, or forgotten about dinner, or even stayed up until 4 am reading and posting and doing battle with internet trolls. Breaking the grip of a good social media squall is like giving up your favorite rum, but there are rare and exceptional people who have managed to kick Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat to the curb. They never look back, and they say they have never felt better or been happier for it. This rare breed gets their news from TV or from reading real newspapers.
Is it easy to break the cycle of living life live? No, it is not. Is it worth it? It might be. Those who have done so say that they initially feel a sense of disorientation. They feel disconnected from the world around them and out of touch with everything and everyone. They say they feel like the kid with overprotective parents. They feel tired and brain foggy for quite some time; perhaps even months. They shy away from talking to other people they meet when they are outdoors out of fear. They feel they will have nothing to say because they don’t know what the most recent viral Tweet is about. Apparently, though, this withdrawal phase passes.
After a few months social media free, many people report feeling more energy and less anxiety. They don’t have to worry about what they are going to post that day and how many likes it will get. They can sleep better knowing that what they post online doesn’t really matter in the grander scheme of things. Recovering social mediaists also report that they can easily look people in the eye and talk to them about basic things like the weather, or sports. When the topic of a viral Tweet comes up, and they start to feel anxious, they simply guide the conversation towards something more vague and unspecific like the weather, or sports.
Many who take the plunge also feel the need to do a deep purge of their internet presence. They scour the internet for personal information. When they find information that is private or personal they seek out alternative options to remove an address from the internet or remove a name from the internet. Many turn to specialists for further help in this purge process. Internet removal companies help them by removing google search results and by helping them delete information such as former spouse names and birth dates from the world wide web. After this purge process is done, many people say they feel lighter and less mentally cluttered. If you are feeling overwhelmed by social media, quitting now might be right for you too.