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I Spent a Day Without Social Media. Here’s Why You Should Too

As someone who is addicted to social media and constantly checking their phone all the time, I think this challenge is great for me. I use social media as a form of communication and entertainment. Especially during the time of COVID, when we are not able to do a lot, social media has definitely helped me keep sane. I’m nervous that I am going to be bored and not know what to do. Today is one of my easier days because I just have a lab, meeting, and then a night class. I have also put an app lock on my phone so I won’t be able to access them today!

My Hopes:

  • I don’t get too bored

  • I can finish all of the work that I need to do

  • I will see that I don’t need to be on social media and my phone all the time

Afterward...

After a full day without social media, I realized a lot of things. The biggest one of them being that I am truly addicted to my phone. Whether it’s an anxiety thing or I’m bored, I am always scrolling through different types of social media. 

The one thing that I didn't expect for giving up social media for a day was the anxiety that came with it. I’ve self-diagnosed myself with FOMO (fear of missing out) and it really took a hit when I was not using social media. I felt it the most when my friends were sending me stuff and telling me to look at it. I had to realize that whatever they sent me will still be there tomorrow and I have nothing I have to worry about.

One of the good things that came out of not using social media for the day is that I ended up getting a lot of work done and paid more attention to my classes. This semester I chose remote learning and I can very easily be distracted from my surroundings living at home versus being in a classroom.

I totally challenge other people to do this! It really opened my eyes and made me realize that I need to spend less time away from my phone and more time focusing on things that matter and not getting caught up in all the social media drama. It seems like a challenge at first but in the end, it can be a wake-up call if you are like me and addicted to your phone.

 

Bridget Turro

Manhattan '23

Bridget is a sophomore at Manhattan College. She is majoring in political science and minoring in woman and gender studies. She loves animals, traveling and exploring NYC.
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