I’ll be honest, I don’t think I can go 21 days without Facebook or Instagram but I’m going to try, and not tell a soul about it (except for you guys of course).
I love social media because it makes me feel (more) connected to people. Admittedly, the connections I feel are distorted and not always true to reality. A few comments or likes can make you feel like you’re connecting with a friend when you’re not. It’s the most shallow and superficial way to stay in touch (assuming you’re not video chatting or having in depth messaging conversations of course).
Anywho, since I’ve been abroad I’ve noticed my time on social media increase drastically. I can sit on my couch for hours scrolling down my timelines or chatting with people and I know that’s partly due to the fact that I’m in a new country. Social media is the crutch that I lean on to feel connected with my friends and family in the U.S.
But wasn’t the whole point of my coming here to embrace the feelings, challenges, etc. that come with moving to a new country?
With Facebook and Instagram, I don’t feel as disconnected from my community abroad. I think it’s a great tool, when used moderation.
I’ve deactivated and uninstalled apps several times only to plug back into my comfort zone online.
Tonight, at midnight, after spending my entire evening on my phone I decided to quietly remove my presence and start a “21 day challenge.”
I’m sure I’ll think of a trillion excuses why I need to go online: I’ll miss out on that free icecream even ton Facebook, Idris Elba will send me a DM on instagram, my future husband’s going slide in my DMs and think that I ignored him, there will be a $1,000.00 give away on Facebook, etc.
But my time on my phone is excessive. I have my blog and vlog as outlets and direct lines of communication for my family abroad.
Anywho, wish me luck and send me good vibes! 21 more days to go.