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Social Media Detox Update

Updated on September 13, 2017

It has now been two weeks since I decided that I should turn off my social media usage for a month to see how much extra free time I have since I wouldn't be distracted by social media. You can read part one here.

Overall the challenge hasn't been very difficult. I know that it I only for a month, and I am pretty sure that that helps because I know that all I have to do is go two more weeks. When you come to think about it two weeks is almost no time at all. I have been surprised at the fact that I haven't even had any desire to login. The fact that I have no desire to log in makes me wonder why I have been using the platforms at all. I don't feel like I am missing anything, and I have gotten some extra free time.

As a caveat. I have not completely turned away from YouTube. There are still videos that I have to watch for class, so I will go to YouTube to watch the required videos and then I will leave. So far I have been able to remove myself from YouTube directly following the completion of the required videos, and I have not gone there for pleasure.

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the other services that I gave up for this month can be useful. I have been able to stay in contact with some of my friends from high school through Facebook. I also use that service to discover events that I would possibly like to go to. However, it is only something that is good in moderation. When you get to the point where I was before taking on this challenge where it wasn't uncommon to be on social media more than an hour a day, then you know that you have gone too far. Yes the service can be good, but only in moderation.

Another thing that I am noticing is that the stories that I am telling now involve the people that I have met throughout the day. My stories no longer revolve almost entirely around the most recent funny video that I watched.

A note for anyone who is thinking about taking this challenge: There are many great free resources available to block websites if you think that you need more help than just willpower along to not use the sites. The best one that I have found so far is called Block Site. This is a plugin from the chrome store that allows you to block any website that you want and have it automatically redirect to another website. In addition, you can turn on the adult content filer and the amount of adult content will be drastically reduced

Even though you might not think like you had a problem with social media, I recommend taking this challenge of 30 days without social media to see how much free time you can get. No matter how much or how little time you spend on sites like these every day, the time adds up and eventually you realize that you have wasted a lot of time, and that you have nothing to show for it.

What do you think? Do you think that it is a good idea to go on a social media detox? Please let me know below in the comments.

-God Bless
Christopher Benner


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