Social Media Detox


A'Viyon Robinson, Editor

I’m not going to lie, I think I may be connected at the hip to my phone. Being a seventeen-year-old means that the majority of my social  life revolves around my online presence. Between college acceptances being shared on Snapchat, prom-posals being posted to Instagrams, and viral videos constantly being uploaded to TikTok, it’s safe to say that being on social media is a key part of staying up to date on what’s going on. However, social media can also be a big source of stress for young people like myself due to the feeling of having to compete with others or share the most minute moments in our day to day lives. So how did I decide to combat this? I went on a social media detox for a week. 

Let me start off by saying that I didn’t even last an entire week. The start of my detox was on Tuesday and was supposed to end on Tuesday of the following week. However, I only lasted until Saturday night. Regardless of me not meeting my self-imposed time limit, I did learn some interesting things during the five days that I was social media free.

 Firstly, I realized just how much I was in love with being on my phone. Even after I’d deleted  all of my social apps, I would still pick up my phone in hopes of receiving a Snapchat or Instagram notification, which obviously I was not getting. I also realized that without social media, my phone was ridiculously silent. My friends had close to nothing to say to me during the duration of the time, which was genuinely shocking. I hadn’t noticed just how much of my day-to-day communications revolved around discussing social news.

Secondly, I realized how much more productive I was without continuously checking my phone every five minutes. My homework was complete before 9pm each night and I was getting much more sleep than usual. Social media would be the first thing I saw in the morning and the last thing I saw at night, so having been off of it for a few days greatly improved my sleep schedule.

So what’s my final verdict; will I be deleting social media for good? Absolutely not. While my time off was productive and quite eye-opening, I don’t think I’ll be completely nixing social media any time soon. However, another detox may be in my future somewhere far down the line.