Instagram Influencer on Why She Quit
I think we will continue to see more of this in the months ahead now that people have been forced to step back. People will discover a life they had truly never experienced as adults - away from outside demands and social media. How many women today have no concept of a life not centered around the internet?
I completely agree with her statement about it seeming bigger and more important than it should be. I felt the same way when I quit Facebook.
I’ve thought about how to start this post FOR MONTHS.
Do I just say it bluntly? Do I ease into it by sharing a story? How do I properly and sufficiently say something that feels so big to say?
I think that’s where I’ll start : the fact that saying goodbye to a phone app feels bigger and more important than it really should. That alone raised the question for me : why? And, how? How has social media become this thing? Asking myself questions like this is what ultimately lead me to this decision.
So one day, when I felt a thud in my heart that said “Let social media go” – I paid attention. And then it came again, and again, and again. “Let it go.” I started to question it and ask why I was feeling this. So towards the end of last year, I started questioning the role of social media in my life, comparing and contrasting the pros and cons of it. I’ve even taken breaks before so I thought about those times, too. Then it pretty much dawned on me as the following words were impressed upon me in a real, gut-punching kind of way :
We were not made for this.
I have tears in my eyes just now typing that.
I don’t think we were really made to be connected to our phones like this. I don’t think we were made to get updates about the people in our lives through an app. I don’t think we were made to receive hundreds and hundreds of DMs a day – and be expected to respond back. I don’t think we were made to “like” and comment silently behind a screen. I don’t think we were made to scroll other people’s lives sitting in our cars and while waiting in line. I don’t think we were made to capture our lives in captions (even though I love a clever caption.) I don’t think we were made to get so much information coming at us at an incredible volume.
And by “we” I mean our brains, our hearts, our biology, our souls.
Thankful wife of David for 23 years and momma to Caroline for 13 years - Relaxed/Unschoolerish - Lover of books - Seeker of wisdom - Drinker of too many coconut milk mochas from Starbucks