A social media break or not?

It’s raining in my hostel and I decided to break the silence here.

Gosh!

I have missed you all so much and I can’t wait to tell you what your girl has been up to.

Not much though…I am just kidding.

I recently decided to reduce the amount of time I spend on social media; Facebook,Instagram,WhatsApp and Twitter.

For Facebook and Twitter,it was not hard at all because I barely post on Facebook these days and I am still getting acquainted to Twitter.

Photo Credit by Kraftsmen Photography.

Instagram! That was hard…

I always log out of my account after browsing but that was not a problem.I would log in and out so many times in a day.I was always glued to my phone’s screen,scrolling up and down and following links every time.

It was such a waste of my time and it was hard to follow and execute my plans for the day because I spent all time on IG🙄.

I decided to post less and to log in at most once a day.

Gradually,I built the discipline of logging in after three days and now I can go for days without Instagram.

With WhatsApp,I am still trying to find my balance.I want to take a long break off WhatsApp soon but I am hoping to do so right after my exams.Most of my lecturers communicate with us through the course reps via WhatsApp so I have decided to hang on till I finish school,which will be in a few weeks!!!

Yes please!

You saw right!

I will finish my first degree programme which lasted for five 🤦🏾‍♀️long years in a few weeks.

CELEBRATION!!!💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾

I’m here to share a few tips, questions and struggles from the social media break I took.

1.Be honest with yourself and put in place all the uncomfortable measures.Do all it takes darling.

2.It’s great to encourage your followers and to be transparent but find a balance in doing so.You don’t need to post about your every move on social media darling!

3.Are you addicted to your Instagram or Twitter (insert all other amazing social media apps) account? How much time do spend on social media in a day?

4.Check your motive; Are you posting because you are craving attention from others or you are on IG spending hours stalking your ex?

5.Social media is a great tool but your family and friends should not pay the price for your addiction to social media.We should make time for our friends and family.Making time is being intentional and giving someone your undivided attention.

Imagine going on a date with a guy you really like, but on your first date,he keeps viewing people’s stories on Snapchat,scrolling up and down his Instagram,replying all his messages on WhatsApp,laughing at funny videos on Facebook and totally ignores you…

Excuse me!

That minute,I would take my purse and bye!

So why do we do that to our family members sometimes?

6.It’s okay to reply later especially if it’s not urgent.The message won’t varnish or dissolve if you don’t reply instantly.

7.You should put your phone,tablet or computer away sometimes.

8.A day without your phone or social media won’t kill you Darling.You shall live…

9.If the first thing you do when you wake up is grab your phone,open Instagram,Facebook,Pinterest,Twitter,Readit,WhatsApp,(you name it!) rather than spend time with God,then darling,a social media break is needed!!

10.I usually put my data off when I am going to bed and turn it on after my devotion these days.

This post is littered with my personal experience and excerpts of different conversations with people in my life.

I’ll love love it if you can share your opinion,thoughts,struggles or tips in the comment section below.

I love hearing from you all and you know that,right?

This scripture sums it up beautifully…

“For everything“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:”

‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Love,

Esasina!

25 thoughts on “A social media break or not?

  1. Eyyyyyy!
    Twitter has become my new best friend. Actually logged off this past weekend and a friend of mine was like, ‘don’t get off for so long, your stuff is inspiring and you are gaining popularity….’
    But sis! Even inspiring people can be an addiction.
    I feel you so much on when you talk about us not chatting away when our dates take us out, why do we do that to our fam.
    Mehn, I gotta work a schedule.
    SM is robbing me of my own sleep sef. People would be fine, I believe.

    I loveeee your blog! 🙂

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    1. Awesome,at least you occasionally take short breaks from social media.We always need to maintain a balance.I know right,addiction rears it’s ugly head everywhere.
      Family over our phones,it takes a conscious effort.
      Awwww Ozioma!! Thank you for visiting my blog.Much love♥️♥️

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  2. Hey! But Twitter has been my biggest addiction lately because it’s free with MTN in SA! 😂 It also helps me network with other bloggers and like minded people though so I think im happt with my addiction. 😂

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  3. Good piece! I think a break once in a while will definitely enable me to focus on stuff (especially Facebook and Instagram) As for Snapchat, this post has encouraged me to uninstall it. I hardly use it now, and it’s just taking up my precious phone space😐😐

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  4. I also realized social media took a lot of my time.
    I also decided to take sometime off
    I need to focus on my final exams too.
    I log in once a while tho 😁

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  5. I once wondered how people lived without Snapchat ( as if I was born on Snapchat 🙄🙄) because I couldn’t keep off that app …. I decided to have a Snapchat fast for a week and that helped a bit because I actually lived without it . However the app was updated at a point in time and I totally lost interest . Staying away from sm helps greatly with self-insecurity and the likes since I don’t get to see all these influencers and their influencing lifestyle .
    I run a business on Ig and as such impossible to take a break . I’m on here mostly for business and I use WhatsApp to stay in touch with fam and friends since I’m away from home .

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    1. I downloaded Snapchat about two years ago and deleted it after a few days.I know right,after days without using the app,you just wonder why you thought it was like the air you breath.We need to put checks in place every time.I agree,if you manage a business page,visiting the page every other day is way to keep yourself in check.There is the temptation to easily log out and log into your personal account and spend hours there.
      Social media is such a great tool but we have the responsibility of keeping ourselves in check.
      Thank you Yarh for commenting 😘😘.

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  6. Hey Sis. Great post right there!
    I think a break from social media is very needful. So many of us find our lives evolving around social media to the extent that we tend to lose concentration on the things that matter the most.
    Social media is not a bad tool at all but it has great influencing characteristics and the moment begins to control us, then there is a problem.

    I don’t know if i will call myself a social media addict or not.
    I have been off whatsapp for some months on two occassions (which was not done willingly though but because i had some phone issues) and so i think i can really control myself when it comes to whatsapp. I hardly visit facebook, snapchat and twitter. But with Instagram, Gosh! I don’t think i have gone a day without instagram.
    One reason is because i manage a business page with 4 other pages (including my personal page😹) on instagram so i am always glued to that app.
    Do you think i need a break or not?

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    1. Sis!! The struggle is so real.I honestly think you can take a break by scheduling posts on the business pages you manage(so maybe you log in every other day because people might make enquiries.Regarding your personal page,go there when you have to.It’s not easy but try going on a break especially with your personal account,it is possible.
      If you are not productive in your day and realise that you spent hours on IG! Then Sis,it’s time for a social media break.
      Thank you for sharing and reading Nadine.😘😘😘

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  7. Kwor this post of yours has come at the right time. I’ve been reflecting on what I use my time for off late and i have come to the realisation that I spend majority on social media. I’ve become addicted 😥😥(not proud of it at all) so I started making sure that I finish my quiet time before I go on any social media (hasn’t been easy) then a friend of mine looked for an app to keep me locked out of my phone for as long as I would wish it’s called Flipd and it’s been tough on me but helpful. Because once I set the time i cant go back to my phone and check my messages and what not. Sorry I’m talking long but it helps to know I’m not the only one in the struggle.

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    1. Ayeyi,WOW!!
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.We all need to discipline ourselves and the Flipd app sounds like a great idea.I will look it up.
      I know Girl! It’s one thing knowing that you are spending so my time on social media and it’s another thing putting checks in place.
      Thank you for sharing Ayeyi 😘😘😘

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  8. I love it !! I also realised my phone is the first thing I take when I wake up so I used my resolution(REJOICE ALWAYS) as my wallpaper and screen saver , home screen so that at least in a day I’ll live with the consciousness that “in all things, God wants me to rejoice”

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    1. That’s great! It’s so true,we use our phones so many times in a day.It’s not easy to go through your day without encountering a struggle.REJOICE ALWAYS the reminder we all need.Thank you Cynthia for sharing😘😘.

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  9. Social media does the most to our lives honestly and most often, we don’t realise it until it’s too late.
    I took some time off at the beginning of this year- the whole of January actually and the silence was welcoming. I got to read more, work more within a shorter period of time and find my feet with resolutions.
    Initially it was a struggle but with time, I didn’t really feel any loss. I’m itching to have another hiatus actually lol. Great post Sina💫.

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    1. Tsetsewaa! Tell me about it! You get to spend time with your family,finish tasks,read,sleep,think…
      It’s so difficult in the beginning but with time,it all pays off.I will take a lot more breaks this year.
      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts with us Tsetsewaa!😘😘

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