100 Days Without Social Media

I have decided, albeit somewhat hastily, to embark on a social media hiatus. 100 days to be exact.

After the election yesterday and the reactions from everyone today, I found myself naturally just backing away from social media. I spent the morning running errands and listening to a great audio book, and at some point in the afternoon, I realized how wonderful I felt. I hadn’t been on any social media for more than a few brief moments all day. I hadn’t had the desire to post or check or scroll, and it felt oddly freeing. Like I had gone off the grid or something (off the millennial grid at least).

Then I started thinking about how great I might feel if I just cut out the scrolling and clicking and posting all together.

This thought coupled with the fact that I just finished reading Sarah Knight’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do (A No F*cks Given Guide), led me to think that 100 days without social media wasn’t just a good idea – it was necessary.

Knight’s book is a take-off of another very popular book about tidying up your space and simplifying your life. But in her book, Knight applies this concept to her social world and discusses how each one of us only has a certain number of Fs to give, like a bank account full of Fs and you can only debit so many. She argues that we all need to be very particular about to whom and/or what we give those Fs.

I have been giving more and more Fs to social media, and it’s high time I reallocate those Fs.

Who knows what I can accomplish in the next 100 days when I’m not wasting my hours looking at pictures of what my friends ate for dinner last night or what workout they are doing today. Not only that, but I would not have to spend one millisecond taking pictures or crafting posts of my own.

The time spent on these things alone is shocking and embarrassing – shoot, I may speak fluent Italian by the end of this 100 days with all the time I’m about to reclaim.

And I want to be certain that I say “reclaim” because it isn’t additional time or extra time – it’s the same amount of time I and everyone else has. I am simply going to reprioritize my time and my Fs, and use them for things that bring me joy or fulfillment or peace or whatever I want!

If I begin tomorrow, 100 days is Feb 17.

I will continue to post on my blog – but not on social media, so you can follow my adventures on my website.

Wish me luck, and try to remember to text or email me now and then, so I know what’s going on.

Cheers – Emily

p.s. I pre-apologize for all the birthdays and other such life events I will inevitably miss. If I had thought of this yesterday, I’d have enough time to update my google calendar, but I’m kinda glad I didn’t and I don’t!

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