Why I uninstalled social media apps from my phone

Last year I deleted all my social media apps from my phone.

In the recent years, social media has become the boon and bane of our existence. On one hand, it helps us stay in touch with our loved ones, reconnect with long lost friends and make new connections. On the other hand, it makes us feel insecure and anxious.

Social media for me was Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Once I deleted these apps from my phone and I could only use social media on my laptop, I automatically used them much lesser. I made myself login every time I needed to access any of these mediums. This made me pause and think if I really needed to login now.

So, what changes did I notice?

  1. The biggest change I noticed in a few months was how content I feel. I am happier with my life because I am not constantly comparing mine to the picture-perfect version of somebody else’s.
  2. I stopped living my life based on what others were doing. I love to lounge around at home in the weekends – I did just that and did not go shopping in a mall every weekend.
  3. I suddenly have more time. The endless number of hours I spent browsing feeds and agonising in my head about how little my life is could now be spent doing things I really love. I picked up yoga and meditation.
  4. I could finally simplify my life. I shop less, own fewer items and I spent my time, energy and money on things that truly matter.

Nice things are going to happen

I am reading “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I am amazed by how a simple thought can change a person’s life. We are what we think.

As Collin Craven says:

“Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world,” he said wisely one day, “but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen. I am going to try and experiment.”

This is a lesson that is as important for adults as it is for kids. We tell ourselves we cannot start a good habit, we cannot follow our passions, we cannot change ourselves. We wish we could, but we cannot. Perhaps the beginning is to try and experiment, to believe that we can do the things we want to.