Written by AMPR Managing Director, Sarah Gale
We are all ‘busy’. All we say to each other each day is how busy we are, how little time there is, how fast the days / weeks / months are passing.
So, I recently asked myself why I was spending the very little spare time I had, after the long hours at work and once my three kids were finally in bed, scrolling mindlessly through a rabbit warren of Instagram feeds and Facebook discussions, totally wasting the precious ‘me moments’ in my day. Why was I immersing myself in other people’s lives, filling shopping carts and reading about people I don’t know when I could be spending that time enjoying my own life – talking to my husband, reading a book, listening to a podcast or planning a holiday?
After considering these questions, I made the decision a month ago to remove social media from my phone, allowing myself only a short window each day on the laptop to check in, have a quick scroll for ‘work purposes’ and move on. And I can’t tell you how liberated I feel! More free time, increased positivity, wanting less ‘stuff’, and generally feeling more grateful and in the moment.
Working in PR I understand and appreciate the many functions and benefits of social media, however I am also conscious of the constant comparisons and addictive nature of it that can have a negative impact on people’s lives.
A social media detox isn’t for everyone but, for me, I know I’m never going to look back on my life and wish I spent more time on Instagram. But, I may reflect and wish I’d spent more quality time with my family and friends.
Let’s see if I can last a year…
PS: Apologies in advance if I miss any birthdays or invitations!