I’ve noticed a growing trend in people giving up* social media for a short period of time, like a month or so, usually because it’s time-consuming and they’re neglecting the real world. To top things off, many make an announcement before their temporary exit leading to lots of interaction which they ignore because it would be ironic spend time responding.
*deleting/deactivating their account rather than just not using it
I may be revealing too much of my cynical side here but wouldn’t it be more beneficial in the long term to disassociate permanently or make some changes to minimise time spent on it? The term “conscious uncoupling” springs to mind here. My main issue with the break is: what do you do when it’s over?! Make a comeback, then carry on as normal? Vow to be less active when all you’ve done so far is be very active for a long time then briefly inactive? Don’t forget the “I’m back” announcement too! Cue the “well done”, “glad to have you back” messages.
I wholeheartedly see the need to curtail the use of social media as it has the potential to take over every part of our lives. I’ve gone through several ups and downs with it myself. From the cringey youthful updates to wasting hours reading other people’s drivel just to find one useful piece of information. Before apps became enforced on many platforms, I tackled my need to refresh feeds by switching on daily email notifications, which removed the need to check-in so often. However, during those early morning baby feeds, I found myself slowly getting back into it but without posting anything myself as we’d decided to keep the baby updates to a minimum. Knowing that I may have to address this once baby became more aware, I now choose to go through a browser if possible, making it more of a conscious decision to access it. This also addresses the issue of instant notifications. Unfortunately, some platforms only exist in app form but I’m barely on those anyway.
Now that I’ve started blogging, I am getting more involved in social media interactions so I sympathise with anyone who has to use it for work when actively to be less online. A temporary social media blackout would probably not achieve much so if it gets out of hand, I will either stop using it altogether or set some restrictions in place. Stopping for a month makes no sense to me! Maybe I just need to work up the courage to respond to one of these “announcements” and tell them to at least refrain from broadcasting their return if they want to maintain a low profile haha! Don’t get me started on people who claim to hate social media but access it through their partner’s account!
Thank you for your lovely comments. I feel I should clarify that my semi-rant is not really for those pre-warning about limited or no access, say if travelling somewhere remote.