Sunday ramblings: digital detox

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While I know this sounds hypocritical writing about a digital detox on a digital platform. Believe me, the irony isn’t lost on me, but I’m here to talk about why I’m having an Instagram detox during lockdown. 

On the lines of being hypocritical,  I do still have my @_bethology Instagram account up and running in which I am now only posting to promote this blog. I’m talking about mindlessly scrolling, cripplingly comparing myself to others, just uploading photos for the sake of it and shamelessly getting lost in the likes. We’ve all been there! This happens a lot on my personal Instagram account. Having two accounts probably isn’t helping my digital dilemma but I wanted to keep @_bethology separate from my personal account. I have no reason, it’s just something that I personally wanted to do. 

Anyway, since lockdown we’ve been spending more time on our phones and online. While I do believe the internet and social media can be positive there are some downsides, and I think it’s healthy to give yourself a break every now and then. 

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Today I deleted Instagram off my phone. I’m only going to promote the blog on @_bethology through the browser facility on my Mac to avoid me endlessly scrolling, comparing and pretty much wasting time. 

Moving forward I’m only going to use the platform with purpose. “Doing it for the ‘gram” is something I think we can all leave in the past. Lockdown has put so many things into perspective and has really made us spend time with ourselves and our thoughts. 

I want to find what I like and what makes me, me. I think there’s a fine line with being inspired by someone and wanting to be them. Being inspired means putting your own stamp on something that you’ve seen whereas wanting to be someone else is really unhealthy. That kind of thing can lead us towards jealousy and low self-esteem, which is something I’ve been feeling as of late. 

I want to be in the now and not on the ‘gram. I have a great boyfriend, family and friends and I need to focus on that and not social media. Social media is not real, it’s just a version of ourselves that we present to the world. The people that love you and know you are real. 

I’m not breaking up with Instagram forever, we’re just going on a break. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Sunday ramblings about having a digital detox and the ‘gram. I think it’s important to have a healthy relationship with social media, we can get lost in it sometimes. Recognising when you need a break is really important, do not get consumed! 

How do you feel about Instagram? Do you compare yourself to others? Have you given yourself a digital detox? If you have, let me know how you found it.

Thanks for reading.

Stay safe,

Beth

5 thoughts on “Sunday ramblings: digital detox

  1. I can understand what you mean! Years ago I turned off my Facebook for months because I used it only to compare myself with others and it caused me anxiety and sadness.
    Now, I’m more concious about what I’m doing on social networks and I really enjoy Instagram thanks to the full detox I made in the past 🙂

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  2. Instagram is 99 percent me comparing myself to the lives of others and 1 percent me being happy for other people for the good they have in their lives.

    I feel sad admitting to that.

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    1. It’s not sad, you’re not alone! Instagram isn’t real life. It can be great but definitely in moderation. When I get back to it, I’m going to be ruthless in unfollowing people that don’t bring me joy.

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  3. It’s very true! I recently did a 30-day detox of Instagram as well. (I actually just wrote a post about my experience). I think we share a lot of similarities. As much as there are benefits to social media, oftentimes if we are not careful, it can do more bad than good. That happened to my mental health. I think it’s important to find the right balance between a healthy usage and becoming addicted.

    Love this post!

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