A Social [Media] Break

Are you one of those people who picks up their cell phone first thing in the morning? I hate to admit it, but I am. I’ll grab my phone right away in the morning to see if I had any missed text messages, since I’m usually in bed before the rest of the world. My next click: Instagram but to be honest friends, I’m not sure why. It’s probably a horrible habit I’ve developed over the last few years and something I’m determined to break in 2019.

After realizing how much time I was spending head down in my phone, I made the decision to look up for an entire weekend this summer! Y’all, I deleted all social media apps off my phone for over 48 hours. FORTY EIGHT HOURS!

It was a challenge for the first few hours, I began to realize what a routine I had developed with my phone. I’d open it up and without even thinking about it, go directly to the spot where Instagram and Snapchat were, except they weren’t there!!

Instead of being sucked into my phone, I was able to enjoy the beautiful summer weekend being PRESENT in everything happening! We went on a mini brewery crawl to Surly for their pizza (try the Pioneer Hitchhiker), Modist for a rousing game of Battleship followed by a few hours of antiquing around Minneapolis. Yes, you read that right, antiquing! You never know what you’re going to find thrifting throughout the Twin Cities.

There were moments I wanted to take a photo and post about it on Instagram, but you know what friends? Life still went on without having to share it with the world!

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Want to know what the best part was? I felt connected to people in real life, being present in the activities of the weekend and not being distracted by keeping up with what Instagram was doing. I was able to go into work on Monday and genuinely ask my co-workers how their weekends was without having already seen what they did on social media. It’s amazing the conversations you can have without social media, maybe you’ll think about putting your phone away next time and really engaging with those around you.

Have you ever taken a social media break? What did you learn from it?

I’m hoping, in 2019, to be more present for those around me, to be less distracted by what’s happening in the palm of my hand and more focused on the people I love. Simple enough, right?

Ashley CohnComment