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Crazy woman on digital detox diet after consuming too much social media

February 25, 2013

Photographic proof that my phone is making me crazy.

Social media, I don’t know how to quit you.

There was a time when I used to make and create things in the real life. Now I read about making and creating things on the Interwebs. Blurgh, I’m so first-world.

Digital noise, you’re giving me a headache.

I suppressed the urge to destory of all my accounts because that seemed a bit extreme and overly emotional, but the self-loathing I feel when I check my phone every three minutes is no good. Why can’t I just sit with strangers in a coffee shop or stand in line at the Walmarts without seeing who else on Facebook is sitting with strangers or standing in line? 

Real life, I miss you.

Friends, how many social media accounts do you have? Try to remember. Because when I managed to get my brain cells up and working I came up with a list of 16. Yep, 16 different social media accounts. Oh, I’m sure I forgot a few – and my login information, for sure.

I did what needed to be done.

Accounts I deleted:

  • Instagram
  • Tumblr
  • Google+
  • Buzz
  • ArchetypeMe
  • StumbleUpon
  • MeetUp
  • Klout
  • BlogLovin’

Accounts I kept but deleted off my phone:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Goodreads
  • Pinterest
  • SoundCloud
  • YouTube
  • Flickr

I’m three days in. Real life is so much better. My phone is just phone – well, a phone with sudoku.

You should totally try this, by the way. You’ll love it. I prom promise.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Rachel Cairns February 25, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    I wish I could quit facebook and my email. With my business, it’s just not possible. I read this article… http://www.handsfreemama.com/2012/05/07/how-to-miss-a-childhood/, so good. I am trying to lessen the # of times I check my fb and no longer scroll through what everyone else is up to…just my notifications. Of course, I still check blogs 🙂

    • Reply Melissa February 25, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      That article absolutely resonated with me. You’re right — so good. I think about missed connections all the time, and that was certainly the impetus for me to unplug. I’ve also been thinking about deactivating my FB account for a month or so, just to see how it feels. I think there’s a loophole in which you can keep your business page by using a different e-mail address. Not sure yet. And of course, I have special reading time for blogs too. 🙂

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