After being inspired by Supersize Me (viewing for the second time on NetFlicks) I decided to go cold turkey and give up social media for a week last Monday.
I was prepared to experience withdrawal symptoms once I switched off my phone/pad/computer, including a strong urge to check my phone/email/social media, a feeling of boredom, and a sense of unease. A sense of being unloved. Yes I know unloved. These feelings should pass.
So Day 1 at 7am I felt immediately what was I missing out on. Something spoke to me A zen moment. I am in control.
By 10am I thought I wish I had planned this better. I needed to text. I saw something and thought hey a tweet around that could be…
By 11:15 it was over. I had convinced myself there was a text that needed answering. There wasn’t but the game was up. Tweeting, Emailing, texting I was back.
There will be a next time though.
Maybe a night for two hours. I should plan some interesting activity in place of screen time. Blogs advocate a digital detox week but this is not for me.
It did make me think. What is my relationship with the screen? What is yours?