It has been 30 days since I deactivated Facebook.
Well actually not entirely. I reactivated my account to sell some items on Facebook Marketplace. I posted some things for sale and for free to declutter some more of my physical space as well.
I didn’t download the app and have no intentions on download it. Marketplace is a little “harder” to use with the mobile site, but the fact that it is less “user friendly,” makes me just post what I need to and get right off.
It was freeing not to see people complaining about petty things or seeking attention. Whenever I was bored (like I mentioned in this post), I would gravitate towards Facebook. How productive is that?
Instead, I read, watch YouTube videos on Minimalism (or random topics of interest) or go for a walk (this mainly applies for when I’m on break at work). I also found that I play more with my kids because I take the time to think about what I want to do with my precious time.
Here are some other things I gained from my “social media” detox:
- I’ve listened to more podcasts then ever. My two favorites have Becoming an Essentialist by Matt D’Avella and Stop Buying by The Minimalist.
- I’ve been writing two posts a week. It’s been wonderful to focus on what I enjoy doing, which is writing, and having others inspired by my posts!
- I finished half of a book, Essentialism: I found myself reading more versus just browsing through social media. I was super surprised that I’m more than halfway because that usually does not happen in a month. #momlife 😉
- I got more hours at a new gym I sub for: This may have been coincidental but I think the fact that I was more focused, engaging more with people and making connections, is what lead me to this opportunity.
- I won an Instagram contest from NuGo Nutrition for these Slim bars. Now this too may have been coincidental but I cleared the people I followed from over 700 to under 300. It was so refreshing and now I see who I WANT to see.
- I spend more time outdoors. I think this just goes back to being more mindful with how I spend my time. I really enjoy going outside and relaxation as much as a humanly possibly can with three kids. 😉
Here’s what I lost:
It was such a great experiment and I wouldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for Matt D’Avella’s YouTube video on quitting social media for 30 days (although he quit Instagram too).
If you’re a Facebook user, I have nothing against you!
I know there are plenty of people who use it for their business or to stay connected with family. But for me where I want to call my family more or share through my Instagram story, it just doesn’t make sense for me to spend time on Facebook.Will I post things again on Facebook?
Well this blog post will make it to my Facebook posts. I think I will just keep my Instagram and Facebook account connected so I can do two things in one and not HAVE to log on to Facebook to share a blog post.After having experienced how much more productive and mentally “less cluttered” I was during the past 30 days, I definitely don’t want to go back to anything less. ❤