It’s been a while since I last posted that my fingers are just itched to write something. Some of you asked how did my social media detox’s going. I think I’m comfortable enough to say that it’s going pretty good. As I mentioned in previous post, I didn’t go cold turkey on the detox because I know myself enough to know that’s going to be an absolute failure!
At first I didn’t want to include YouTube in my social media detox because let’s be honest, I was in denial and I didn’t want to let go of YouTube. However, some time later I realised that YouTube has been taking a lot of time of my life that it really has to go (I watch wayyy too much videos guys, it’s embarrassing). So I deleted the apps on my phone and iPad. Andd what do you knoww.. After two weeks without the apps, I can count with my fingers how many time I googled YouTube on Safari. It feels so liberating to not get attached to something that only provide short-term stress relief.
Art from Google.
As for Instagram, I had an earful lecture from my psychiatrist on how the generation these days is getting too attached to social media and feels the need to announce everything to the world – good and bad. I felt as if he was scolding me haha! 😅 At first, I just brushed him off (stubborn Nadirah) but days later I realised where he’s coming from. So I deleted Instagram for about a week from my phone, and I unfriended people who don’t add value to my life on Facebook. I don’t go on Facebook often, so that’s sorted.
And mann, don’t I feel liberated! No more jealousy when looking at my friends’ travel pictures, no more feeling bad about my life. Hey, for the record, I realised that my life isn’t that bad at all. Last Tuesday, I attended an eat and greet with LovetoDress’ Managing Director, Sumayyah Nasaruddin, and I didn’t put anything about it on Instagram. I actually put my phone aside and enjoy the whole experience. It was really a fun girls night in, btw! 😆
Being on social media let us feel that we owe news about ourselves to the world. We feel the need to tell everything what’s going on in our lives to the world, may it be a social event we went to, the food we eat, or what we’re doing on daily basis. I’m not saying that it’s an absolute sin to post these stuff online. However, there should be a limit to it. When we feel obligated to tell the world about everything that’s happening in our lives, I think that’s when we need a little time off to reflect and gain perspective on life again.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what people think of you – whether they think that you’re having a cool life, a successful one, or you’re just plain pathetic. What matters most are how you’re dealing with your life in this moment, how hard you work to achieve your dreams, how much time you spend with your loved ones – these are the things that’s going to last. Honestly, I can’t even remember the Instastory of my friends that I saw last night or the pictures that I liked. These are just temporary joy. Unplug, and go make real friends, real connections. 😉