Student explores the idea of a social media detox
Just two days ago, I was notified that my Twitter account was officially deactivated and would not allow me to re-log into it.
Several thoughts went through my head. My first thought being “what if I wanted the account back? Now if I do remake the account, I’ll have to rebuild my followers back up.”
Then it quickly dawned on my shallow, close-minded self that those thoughts are the exact reason I deleted the account in the first place. Twitter started out as a minor part of my day, as I only contributed about 10 minutes a day to it.
The amount of time I was on the site then began to grow exponentially. I felt as though I was consumed by what others were thinking and what they were doing.
In order for me to get my work done, and done well, I found I had to delete my social media so I could focus on my studies.
I find myself happier and healthier with my everyday life. It seems as though I worry less about the drama around me and focus more on the importance of living in the moment.
Although I am quite satisfied with my deactivation of my Twitter account, I sometimes find myself wishing I still had the account for small purposes.
One reason being that I am often out of the loop on “exciting” Twitter drama. When students decide to voice their opinions via Twitter, it is interesting to see the heated debates and agree/disagree with what they are saying.
Without my account, I often come to school and, upon arrival; I am informed that I missed a heated Twitter disagreement.
Secondly, I always enjoyed following my favorite celebrities and news accounts. Without my account, I am no longer able to read what they post, including things such as tour dates, new albums and breaking news.
Twitter always allowed me to receive information before my parents did, which was kind-of great, considering it made me seem more down-to-earth and always left them impressed with my quick random knowledge.