Today is August 14th, which means it’s the end of my self-imposed “digital detox.”
I took notes on Evernote during it, which I’ll share, as well as my overall insights & what it’ll mean for me and my approach to/interaction with social media from now on:
Day 1: I felt very detached from everyone the first day, but was certainly more productive. I had to go to CNN.com and BBC.com to know what was going on in the news (Twitter is usually my resource). Massive perk? My phone battery lasted all day.
Day 2: Day 2 was much easier than Day 1. It was easier to not have to twitch any time I picked up my phone. I was very productive again, and I found it easier to concentrate more fully on things. While I missed people, I wasn’t so nervous about being in touch with them.
Day 5: Five days is a lot of time for introspection. However, by Day 5 I felt completely isolated – almost like I’d been abandoned. Except for clients, I was receiving no “friendly” phone calls, no emails, and few texts.
Day 9: By Day 9, I was on a brief vacation for a family reunion. I didn’t miss my phone & social media at all! I was 100% more engaged with people face-to-face than I would’ve been otherwise. Except for joking about social media, I didn’t really miss it, except wondering what a few people were doing.
Day 14 Wrap-Up:
I’m finished with my detox for now. I have a different attitude toward social media now – I realize how much time can be lost in it, especially in constantly waiting for something to happen, and how you can lose the world around you if you’re not careful.
I have a new approach as well: I’m not keeping my social media icons handy on my phone, I’m not checking in every 5 minutes, I’ve narrowed who I follow on Twitter to narrowed lists and I’m going to do the same for Facebook. I have a more healthy respect for my time and what I can accomplish when I’m focused. I care less what people think. I appreciate face-to-face interaction so much more.
Finally, I’m so grateful for these past two weeks.