Hiatus Update

March 12, 2018

 

So, it’s been almost two weeks since I deleted my social media apps, so I thought I’d post a little update as to how my Mindful March has been coming so far.

 

I’ve found that I have this burning desire to add all of the apps back to my phone just to see if I have any notifications from anyone, just to see if anyone is trying to reach me and just doesn’t know my cell. Isn’t that dumb? It’s stupid, because anyone who would talk to me has my cell phone number, and knows how to reach me.

 

I also miss scrolling through Instagram when I’m bored or sitting in the car. I miss that time filler. However, I do get to sleep in an extra five minutes in the morning because I don’t waste that time on my phone. I call that a win!

 

But since deleting those social media apps, I noticed something that I was not prepared for in the slightest. Day after day, I received no texts from my friends. No notifications. Complete and utter radio silence. At least with Snapchat someone would send me a ‘streaks’ message or a picture of their bedroom ceiling, and I’d feel loved. But now—no pictures, no texts, nothing. It’s a little isolating, but it also made me realize who was just talking to me to get their streak count up. And I realized how much I was doing the same.

The only bit of news I think I missed since deleting social media was that my third cousin got engaged. Other than that, I can get all my news from the actual News app and take pictures with the Camera app. Stone age, huh?

 

But I think now I’m moving out of the withdrawal phase and more into a sea of peace about it. Sure, I miss seeing what people are doing a little, but I know myself, and I know I’d probably feel bad that I wasn’t invited to do what they were doing, too. So, it's for the best.

 

Over and out,

Sarah Sutton

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