How deleting my social media accounts changed my life for a week

Two weeks ago, I read an article on how social media has changed our daily life. How notification have controlled us each minute. Thinking of it, it was true and also proven by scientist and there are so many ways to unhook ourselves from this. For me the only way I could see how that would work is to try it by myself. While uninstalling was not the first step, but rather not re-installing it.

Day 1 to Day 7

For a person who walks up with a 6.30 alarm on the phone, checking social media while going to the bathroom is a very common habit. On Day one this changed, I peed with my eye half open, washed my hands came to the kitchen and made a cup of coffee. My daily routine was read the newspaper with the coffee and got ready for work.

During my commute I would be usually fixed on scrolling through my Facebook, snapchat and adding a story-feed on Instagram had become my daily pattern. After I reached work, as I kept these distractions away at work, I could do a little extra than my target. And that’s when I realised that how much my phone had controlled me. Every notification, ever beep or just the vibration of my phone made me look at it each time and lost control of time.

I know there are a lot of people making their life through Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Tik-Tok and many more. But how did we all get on to this? How did these get on to become a real “JOB”? Were these apps made so that we get addicted to phone? Should we consider that technology is both boon and a curse?

We all know the answer to these questions, but how many of us are actually willing to get out of this addiction. Maybe all us want to, but we may not the real way. I saw that if you could uninstall your app for a week, do it two, three and so on. In the start It is very hard and all we need is to push ourselves, maybe this could be like that gym class you never took. Start today and if you think you really have the urge to look at something, have a cheat hour, after that don’t procrastinate. Also, these days Android and IOS have an inbuilt feather where you feed in the hours you do not want the app to be invisible, post that you can use them.

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Ankita Kumar

Ankita Kumar

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Former Fashion Designer, part-time Chef, and an amateur writer, who loves to explore every topic and trying to read as many books, before I die.