A day of your life without social media; Can you imagine how it will be
If all the social media for shutdown got shut down suddenly, will it affect your life so badly?
It will be sure that you will miss the latest updates from the pages you follow. You may miss to uplift your friends whenever they update your news feed from selfies of whatever they like. You may think you will miss your old friends because you are unable to contact them through social media.
Why should we quit it? Is it because of social media is too bad? No.
Social media is known as a great place to learn. It’s a place to improve your creativity and productivity. It’s a great way to improve your knowledge by gathering information all over the world. It gives you the opportunity to communicate, cure your loneliness, and also earn money.
Even though it’s full of great content, full of great advantages, what if you become addicted? That will be the worst thing that ever happened in your life.
- A day of your life without social media; Can you imagine how it will be
- Is social media actually ruining our lives?
- How do social media affect me?
- What makes me quite social media?
- How quitting social media improve your life?
- 1. I found more time to spend with myself.
- 2. Stop comparing myself
- 3. Time to engage in hobbies and fun
- 4. Stopped procrastination.
- 5. I improved myself
- 6. I able to stop wasting my time.
- 7. Quit complaining
- 8. It strengthens the bond with my relationships.
- 9. I reduced my stress level.
- 10. I focused on my studies
- 11. I found my passion
- 12. Quality sleep
- 13. Time for my physical well-being
- 14. I become so happy
- Final Thought
I would like to share the real experience I had that inspired this title.
The boy next door was studying for his college exam and had 3 months left. At the time, suddenly, due to some governmental reason, a 3-day shutdown of social media for the whole country and a 24-hour power cut were announced for his area. It is normal, but it affects some people so badly. The boy next door made an attempt at suicide because of his inability to access his social media. I was surprised; why did he do it?
His parents said he was so addicted to his mobile. So, they try to distract him from his mobile phone, even for these three days. He became addicted. Social media has changed him a lot. even the way he talked, dressed, and walked. He lived in a fancy world. Unfortunately, he turned into an introvert by cutting off his physical relationships with others. His parents were able to save him, but it made me tell my story and help the people.
There are hundreds and thousands of incidents happening all over the world due to this addiction. as a person who quit social media for 5 years. I am very excited to share my experience of what happened when I quit social media permanently. How could I do this and why did I do this? Because of this experience I recently had. I hope this will be helpful for the people who are seeking a solution to this problem.
Is social media actually ruining our lives?
Here is an easy answer from my experience: yes, it is.
This is how social media affected me. You know that everything has two sides. One is positive; the other is always negative. Unfortunately, most people prefer to attract negativity rather than positivity. Even though social media like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Tik Tok, etc. have so many positive vibes, if we become addicted, the addiction will ruin our lives.
Social media first came into my life when I was in 12th grade. I joined Facebook just out of curiosity. I’m not thrilled about it either. And also, our class president came up with the idea of making a group chat with every classmate to share study materials.
That was the most stupid idea because we waste our precious time gossiping about the series’ upcoming episode or gossiping about others rather than exchanging study materials. That’s not a problem of social media companies; it is our problem. Then, with time, it affected me so badly.
How do social media affect me?
I became introverted with no more dinner time with my family.
I began to take around 50 selfies a day with different filters to find the best way to upload my profile.
I wasted my pocket money to pay internet bills.
I felt like life without social media had become so boring. Day by day, the number of my followers on Instagram increased. I was so happy, but I don’t know exactly why I should be happy.
Even though I went to the food cart to eat ice cream, I used to take perfect Instagram shots to capture some heart, not the moment.
I used to spend too much time scrolling through my News Feed, forgetting about the work I had on my plate.
There were times I was so worried because the number of likes for my post was lower than others.
At that time, I felt like I wanted to post something new every day, whatever I could get my followers and friends to remember about me in a certain way.
With the passage of time, I developed a new habit of checking the notifications all day, every hour, looking for new notifications, despite the fact that I knew no one tried to talk to me that much. I just did it.
I used to compare myself, my language, my appearance, and even my entire life without the presence of others, and then complain and feel bad about it.
I skipped my daily routine. The life before I was addicted to social media I took a shower two times, but addiction made me lazy.
I totally became a procrastinator. Unimaginably, I dropped my grades. There was no need for me to think about my future.
I had no free time for neither me nor for my family. It killed my peaceful sleep. Sometimes I spent sleepless nights not for studying but for watching series or gossips about celebrities or something. I just spent some nights scrolling down other profiles, blaming myself not being like others.
Then I moved into chat apps on Instagram and Facebook. I started checking messages even though I knew nobody was messaging me nonstop. But I did it as if it were a habit. At the end of the day, if I turned back and looked at what I did, I was a worn-out but empty shell.
My friends teased me a lot in college, saying I was always online, like an on-call person. Even though I made new friends, made chances to meet new things, opened up for new opportunities but I felt like everything made me so frustrated.
This was how I ruined and wasted most of my precious time in high school life on all unimportant things just within 18 months. Addiction to social media has ruined my healthy life, my free time, and everything.
What makes me quite social media?
At the end of one semester, I met a new underclassman. Even though he was a freshman, he instantly became popular. I was surprised because he had an incredible way of balancing his studies. He did sports, both indoors and outdoors. He never skipped class, and even though he missed them, he did his best to be in the top five. He was such a straightforward individual.
Surprisingly, he gradually became my best friend because he was my desk mate. Day by day, I realized how my addiction had ruined my life, which I had developed unknowingly.
How quitting social media improve your life?
It is not something that can be felt by just imagining things. Because it is totally connected with your whole life. Try it once; you won’t believe how peaceful, great, or happy you are. It will be more enjoyable. All your anxieties and stresses will disappear like a mystery. Your life would be easier.
As Angel Raza said, quitting social media is like being cut off from a fake world and seeing the light for what it actually is. As your life will be full of happiness and you will feel less alone, you will also be mentally better off.
1. I found more time to spend with myself.
It’s a different feeling if you can spend a few minutes each day with yourself. It has a huge value and helps shape me in an incredible way. Spending time alone with myself can help me learn about myself. I got to know more about it. I found out what I should improve, how I should take care of myself, and in what ways I missed my lifestyle. I have much time, I used some of it to study and know myself.
2. Stop comparing myself
Comparison gave me headaches. I used to compare myself to others on social media and blame myself for not being as perfect as others. There were times I had four or five camera apps with different filters and various editing options.
It is very stressful, as even if I take 50 photos, I have to choose the best one to upload. Sometimes there are none, which can make me satisfied.
No, I have no such stupid habit. I have no more than five or six apps for photo editing. I don’t want to choose the best to upload. Instead of those, I have a customized e-library on my mobile. Comparison impacts our minds so badly. Therefore, we need to stop it as soon as possible.
3. Time to engage in hobbies and fun
At times, I act like the slave of social media. I have no time for hobbies or fun activities. People around me always chastised me because I was never as focused on my studies as I was on my phone.
But now I have time. Therefore, now I am spending my free time gardening, reading books, and spending time with family, relatives, or friends. The more I have time, the more I nurture myself, except to a great extent, by engaging in hobbies.
4. Stopped procrastination.
I broke the habit of procrastination. It is difficult at first for someone who has been addicted to social media for a long time. But following and learning to avoid procrastination gave me the power to overcome it.
5. I improved myself
I improved myself by doing various things. I used to read books, at least 2-3 per week. And if there are more, I used to read a lot in the library. It really helps me a lot to improve my knowledge and become a better person.
6. I able to stop wasting my time.
Time management is actually an essential item for the success of one’s life. Addiction to social media is one of the huge factors that kills your free time. Since I quit, I can manage my time properly. Even after a tiring day, I still have plenty of time to take a break. I have time for my pet and my family. I learned that time is precious.
7. Quit complaining
I started to quit complaining. And I learn to find the mistakes I have made and the things I need to improve instead of going around complaining about myself.
8. It strengthens the bond with my relationships.
I had no time for others since I got stuck in the middle of my circle with social media. I often spent time checking on texts, calls, and updates about others. But after quitting social media, I realized there is a group of people who always check on me rather than send texts or messages. So, I have more time, which helps me strengthen and build good relationship with my loved ones.
9. I reduced my stress level.
It helps me free up myself from stressful incidents and the bunch of toxic people who destroy my peaceful mind.
10. I focused on my studies
Yes, the best thing that ever happened in my life happened because of the decision I made to quit social media. I finished my bachelor’s degree with high grades. I found my dream job as a teacher of English after working hard for three years. and begin working part-time as a tutor.
11. I found my passion
It opens the door to find my passion instead of gossiping about others.
12. Quality sleep
I have peaceful sleep for around 8 hours per day and wake up more peacefully ever since I quit social media. As there is no social media before or after waking up at all, there’s no rush to check my phone for new notifications.
13. Time for my physical well-being
I diverted my precious time wasted on social media to take care of myself. After that, I lost weight and kept my fitness by making it a habit to go to the gym every day. And also, I can wake up early in the morning. I walk with my pet dog, and one of my family members keeps me fit.
14. I become so happy
I have a mind free from unwanted stresses. I have plenty of free time. No more comparisons, no more complaining. I discovered the happy me, whom I had missed the most.
Life without social media is something you need to experience for yourself. If you are looking for an answer, I hope this article will fulfill your desire. But if you want to experience the real impact, you need to try it.
Social media isn’t bad at all. But quitting has a huge impact on your life in a positive way. As a person who experienced it, I can assure for it. Everything has two sides, but the results of using them depend on the way we use them. Social media ruins your life when you become an addict, not just a follower. Nowadays, it is very common to use social media. But keep it in your mind and try not to let it control you.
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