My phone died a couple of weeks ago. For anyone else whose life is on their phone, you know this can make for a rough day. Thankfully, my hubby is a tech wizard and had it working again within a couple of hours. But I had to reload everything from scratch. Not a big deal. I took the opportunity to weed out the apps that just waste space because I hardly ever use them.
As I was reloading everything, an article I’d glanced at recently came to mind. In it, the author shared that by uninstalling the Facebook apps from his iPhone, he had 15% more battery by the end of the day.
“Huh,” I thought. “I have an Android, but I wonder if that will work for me, too?”
I figured I’d give it a try, since it seems like I constantly have to have my phone plugged into a charger.
The answer to “will that work for me” is actually “Yes.” My battery didn’t drain nearly as fast. But the unexpected side effect of keeping everything Facebook-related off of my phone was a bit more mind-bogglingly (to me) profound. I noticed these three things after the first week.
My time on all social media cut down drastically
I didn’t realize how much time I spent on my phone looking at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest until I left just that one app off. I’m a lazy person I guess, and having to go to a browser and log in to look at Facebook was just too much work compared to just tapping an icon. And for some reason, I hardly touch the others now too.
I still check in on Facebook to see what’s going on in the lives of my friends and family, but it’s more like once a day than once an hour.
My mood has improved and my views towards humanity in general have improved with it
I didn’t realize just how much of a drag Facebook is. Now that I’m not attached to it so much, I’m less depressed most days than normal. (I have depression and PTSD and anything that helps in those areas is a balm from God. Maybe I’ll take a cue from Wil Wheaton and share my own journey in those areas … but that’s for another day.)
And have you noticed how awful people really are to each other on there? It’s like adults just forget all of the civility and manners that our parents taught to us as kids, and we’re supposed to be teaching to our kids. Now, I’m not saying that everyone has reverted to the bullies they hated in high school. But check out the comments on basically any post (not posted by your loved ones) and you’ll see name-calling, lack of civility and respect in spades. Aw-Ful.
But with that no longer in my face every hour on the hour, not only is my overall outlook on life better, but I have an easier time seeing the good in those around me. I take the time to look for it. (I hadn’t realized that I’d stopped.)
I have more time to do the things I want to do and with the people I want to do it with
I must be stupid for not realizing this earlier. But without the time suck that is social media, I get to do things in real life. With real life people. I write more, exercise more, spend more time with my husband and kids. All of which are in my top 16 goals for this year. If I’d figured this out earlier, I’d have ditched the apps and social media a long time ago.
And as a bonus, I spend less time with my phone in hand, period. When we had landlines, we didn’t carry those with us 24/7. So I’ve quit carrying my cell phone around as much too. I don’t want to be accessible all hours of the day.
Social Media and Sanity; who knew they were so linked? (Quite possibly, everyone but me!)
Your turn. What are your thoughts on social media and your sanity? I know a lot of life is plugged into it, and it’s not all that easy to fully disengage, but how do you balance it?