Does it seem a little dramatic to call stepping away from social media a "challenge?"
Yes. It does.
Even though my work has included social media for the past 10 years, it's still a little....silly....to think of taking a 40-day break as, well, a break.
- The same principle applies to personal life as does to corporate accounts: the conversation is happening, and I can participate or not -- that's up to me.
- Some things are, in fact, worth sharing. A few examples I've learned are:
- workouts (so.much.encouragement!)
- random smiles throughout the day
- quotes -- I'm a sucker for a good quote
- good sales (amirite, y'all?)
- Some things are not do-or-die in term of sharing. For instance:
- random things I see (is a beautifully framed image really viewed if it's not instagrammed?, is a meal really prepared and eaten if not shared socially?, etc.)
- I occasionally -- the instances have notably decreased, thankfully -- feel as though I need a little verification of how I'm feeling. (I liked that sunset, but do you? -- definitely the weirdest thing I've admitted to date ;-)
- And some of my traits may not be, as I originally suspected, inborn:
- ADD -- this is not my making light of this disorder; this is my thinking all these years that I may have had a disorder and then having it affirmed...but only by the presence of social media. Whether or not ADD or ADHD was present in my life prior to social, semblances of it certainly are now.
Also, while I have popped onto social a couple of times during my intentional intermittent season (hey Michael's bday + a couple of work instances), I have tried to keep myself from looking at notifications. I didn't think this would be major, but guess what! Other People's Opinions are a big part of the "social" in "social media" ;-)
But because I am unfortunately not superhuman, in spite of my absence, I have automatically veered to that little red number indicating who's saying what about my social presence...or lack thereof. And even when it's not what I'd prefer, I definitely have strong feelings about people having fun without me. (Hi, have you met me? I thrive on social instances...for better or for worse. :-P)
A friend asked just recently what I'd do after Easter...if I'd rather ease back in or jump back in. And I'm honestly not sure.
Since I don't have to be on 24/7, I may limit myself to once a week. Or, as I've already seen in my intended short intentions to jump back on to check one thing, I could wander and browse for 30 minutes before I realize what I'm doing.
Either way, I have one week left of assured reduced screen time and increased reading efforts. We'll see. ;-)