Hello, my name is Melodie and I’m addicted to social media, Instagram to be precise. They say the first step to overcoming an addiction is to first admit you have a problem and then to seek treatment.
As much as I might pretend that I’m unbothered whenever I’m scrolling down my IG feed, the lie detector determine I wasn’t being totally truthful. Social media whether you think so or not can make you feel inadequate and if you’re not careful you might even question your entire existence. Okay so maybe that’s a little farfetched, but you get my drift.
Don’t get me wrong, social media is wonderful. It’s a great platform to express yourself and to showcase to the world your gifts, talents and skills. It has also allowed careers to take off, unimaginable opportunities have been received, even a few people have met the love of their lives via social. But at what point is enough, enough?
If you would’ve told me 4 years ago when I posted my first IG pic that I’d get sucked into this endless portal of follows, likes and comments, I would have rolled my eyes and laughed at you. Little did I know…. I had it so bad that my phone was the first thing I reached for in the morning. Not to check the time or the weather, but to see what I missed on IG and FB. Sad!
When I say I accidentally took a week off from social, it was more on purpose than I realized. I’d gotten overwhelmed with trying to keep up with the analytics, making sure I was consistent (because consistency is king, right) and other people’s IG version of success. I’m being honest here. I couldn’t take it, so I decided I wasn’t going to post until I felt like it.
In recent years I’ve come to realized that I’d been subconsciously comparing my life with a bunch of square pictures that have been perfectly curated to appear that life is cotton candy and unicorns. Which is why taking a break was so needed. And going forward I’ll be making a conscience effort to step away more often. The goal will be to detach myself from unrealistic or untimely expectations of myself. To stay focused on my own goals and to make the most of my time. The main reason is to break the cycle of comparing my chapter 15 to someone else’s chapter 32.
Have you ever thought about the amount of time you spend scrolling down IG or FB? Your phone has (or should have) the capability to tell you which app you use the most and depending on the type of phone you have can tell you the average amount of time you spend on the app. My phone tells me I spend a lot of time on the gram with Facebook right on it’s heels.
What say ye? Are you guilty of falling into the the social trap? Could you challenge yourself to detox from social media? For me it was a week; but next time it may be a month. Let me know in the comments.
Photography: Kaylin James