Living a social media free life

Something I’ve been contemplating for quite some time now is what would my life look like if I didn’t live my life through social media. What would happen if I stopped status updates and never checked in anywhere. Would anyone care but most importantly, would I?

I wanted to unplug from using social media in the spring of last year but felt that it was too important to let it go. But slowly I found myself cutting back from updating or checking Twitter. It happened so naturally that one day I realized I had no desire to even look what people were tweeting; it felt amazing! Then when June came, we made the decision to move to Vancouver I stopped updating facebook from June to August as we didn’t want everyone to know. Once we arrived in September I found myself only updating once a week, which was hardly anything compared to the amount of time I used to update before than. It was a huge relief to know that my life still went on, it was still beautiful, and I was more aware of my environment than having my face in a screen updating what I was doing.

And then the next thing I knew it was Christmas and I was still wondering what would my life look like if I wasn’t addicted to checking facebook and what my ‘friends’ were doing. On Christmas Eve I was suddenly tired of it all and deleted the app from my iPhone and blocked it from my computer. I had no desire to let people know that I wished them a Merry Christmas or that I was eating turkey leftovers. I decided that if I wanted people to know that, I should pick up the phone and tell them. It felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders!

It’s been almost two weeks since I stopped checking in and my life feels more relaxed and simpler. There are moments where I wonder what my friends are doing or what is going on in the world, but again, I should pick up the phone and ask – not rely on social media. Perhaps one day I’ll go back and see a bunch of notifications that I’ve missed, but perhaps I’ll never want to log back in. But right now I’m relishing in filling my time with reading books I’ve always wanted to read, cooking meals inspired by cookbooks, and taking walks around the seawall instead of refreshing facebook and twitter hoping someone updated.

It’s a beautiful life living social media free!

If you’re interested in blocking your social media outlets for periods throughout the day or all together I used the following:
Chrome: Website Blocker
Firefox: LeechBlock
Safari: Waste No Time

3 comments
  • TanjaJanuary 12, 2013 - 3:11 PM

    I totally get that spending too much time online/on social media is a bad idea. (One of my guilty pleasures for sure) And it is a slippery slopes if the amount of ”likes” you get, starts to define how you feel about certain situations…

    On the other hand, from a businesses perspective I find it can be a very useful tool to be on facebook, since A LOT of people spend so much time online. It’s a way of staying in peoples memories. (but it should be a controlled way for sure)
    Would you advice a photography business to go without facebook?

    One thing about deciding to stop with a facebook business page: please tell your followers about your decision. And don’t just leave them without a word. People are people, even on facebook. If they were an engaged crowd, this shows them respect. Sorry to be so harsh, but that’s how I feel about that.

    Thanks for sharing Songza, by the way, that is AWESOME! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • LesleyJanuary 14, 2013 - 12:39 PM

      I wouldn’t advise anyone to quit social media without them taking some time to assess why they want to or feel lead to. As a person or a business everything needs to be analyzed as to how it will benefit you or the goals you’re trying to achieve. For me this has been a year long process and even then I’m not sure if this will be a forever thing – it’s just something I need to do for right now.

      And thanks for sharing your feelings on people quitting their business pages without saying anything. I took that to heart and informed my previous followers of my sabbatical.

      Enjoy Songza!ReplyCancel

  • LynneaJanuary 23, 2013 - 12:21 AM

    I must admit…I miss your whimsical posts but good for you in making that decision. x LynneaReplyCancel