I Quit Social Media For A Week


Dartmouth College '18

Inspired by Essena O'Neill's impassioned rant in November, I decided to delete all the social media apps on my phone. I was sick of comparing my "behind the scenes" image with everyone else's perfectly-curated images. I thought if I got rid of social media altogether, I would magically become a better, more confident, happier person.

(I didn't actually delete any accounts, though. There was a little bit of comfort knowing that if it didn't work, I could just redownload them. And I did, like, a week later.)

My one week of social-media-less-ness was definitely more productive than normal, but I didn't really feel like my life was drastically transformed. I was just unable to reply to Snapchats or to validate my self worth via Instagram likes. In reality, our generation is reliant on social media, whether we like it or not. And it's pretty impossible to cut it out of your life.

But if you feel like social media is bringing you down, there are changes you can make without going completely off the grid.

Go to bed without your phone.
Leave it across the room when you go to sleep. This is probably the hardest thing ever, but you don't need to live and breathe social media. If you can't fall asleep without scrolling through Instagram, that's probably a red flag.


Work on your image.
In real life.. It's risky to define yourself by how you're represented online. Channel your energy into something in the real world that makes you proud.


Unfollow your "fitspo" accounts.
These are literally the root of all evil. You don't need to be bombarded on the daily with images of people whose body proportions are humanly unattainable. There's nothing inspiring about that.


Unfollow/Unfriend your ex.
If your social media stalking has become problematic, you probably know it. It's hard to get over someone when you have constant updates on where he is, who he's with, and what he ate for breakfast.


Learn how to be alone.
In a world where we are constantly connected, social media can create an illusion that we are never alone--or that it's weird to be alone. It's important to take some time for yourself.

Being alone DOES NOT equal being lonely. If you don't love hanging out with you, how can you expect anybody else to?


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