What I’ve Learned From Curtailing My Social Media Usage

As you might know, I joined Twitter back in 2013 as a way to keep tabs on Toronto Blue Jays news while I was in graduate school because it was easier for me if the news came to me than via my newsfeed than it would have if I had to visit various websites to obtain information while I was busy with my studies.  Little did I know how much social media would actually come to impact my social life, as I’ve met somewhere around 20-25 of my now “real life” friends on Twitter at some point over the past three years.

Fast forward to 2016, where I now have other ways of keeping in touch with those “Twitter friends” of mine, such as actually texting the old fashioned way instead of tweeting or DMing with them.  With it being the baseball off-season, and me having a job that requires me to spend a lot of time devoted to it, as well as a quality social life, I decided now was a good time to go on a social media hiatus.  To be honest, it’s been fun living without Twitter, or at least having cut back on it significantly from the days of when I used to check my timeline almost once an hour during baseball season to take a quick glance for any possible breaking news that I “should” know about immediately.

It’s amazing how much more free time I feel like I suddenly have now that I don’t go on social media as much anymore, and lately none at all.  I have more time to workout, to read, to learn a new language (I’m learning French at the moment), to just talk to friends, and to be blunt, just enjoy my day-to-day life.  In general, I’m just far happier living a private life in a world full of social media histrionics.

I was far from addicted to social media, but it gets annoying after a while to read benign and useless tweets from people that have zero impact on my day to day life (I’m guilty of making such tweets myself), and to be honest it just zaps up brain power that I’d be better off spending on other things, such as the aforementioned hobbies of mine or better yet, the job that pads my bank account.

Honestly, I just feel a lot less stress not looking at social media regularly anymore (not that I was overwhelmingly stressed or unhappy pre-social media hiatus), and I can’t help but wonder how much people who have thousands of Twitter followers would actually enjoy their actual real life lives more if they focused more on their real lives, instead of the Twitter fantasyland that seems to have a firm hold of them.

I’m not sure if I’m done with social media forever, and to be honest I doubt I am because it is a great tool to use for breaking news, especially during baseball season where there’s new news on a daily basis.  But in the meantime, I’m enjoying my time in the “stone age” of where I had to visit various websites to get my news instead of having it come to me, and contacting friends directly via text message or a phone call.

Overall, I’m just happier and more productive with my day-to-day life at the moment.

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