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after action report – digital detox

Today marks the end of 30 days of no social media which included no Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. While I wasn’t 100% compliant, I drastically decreased the amount of time that I spent wasted looking for some sort of instant gratification that just isn’t there. I’m not going to spend a ton of time recapping on this one because I think my update earlier this month pretty much sums it up. My plan for the future is to use it as a tool rather than a form of entertainment – at least Facebook and Pinterest. Instagram isn’t something that I can say I legitimately need in my life but it’s just so dang fun so I don’t think I’ll be quitting it but, maybe checking it less often. I had to add this cartoon because I think it’s so true about Smartphones.


A few ways that I plan to streamline my social media and technology usage are:

  • To always put my phone in the glove compartment while driving (should have been doing this a long time ago)
  • Not doing the default grab for the phone in a crowded elevator and talking to someone instead
  • Using stay focused to limit my social media and other goofing off at work
  • No watching TV and web surfing at the same time
  • Take a hard look at the friends I have on Facebook and slim it down
  • Just be thoughtful about unplugging more often and really focusing on what is happening around me
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digital detox update


I’m twenty or so days into “anti-social media May” and I have to make a confession. I haven’t abstained 100% from Facebook and Pinterest (Instagram has been no problem-o). I started this month with the assumption that it would be a simple challenge and that social media didn’t fill any sort of legitimate need in my life but I think I may have been wrong in some ways. Here’s why I haven’t been 100% sticking to my challenge and why I will likely continue using social media in the future (but hopefully a little less).

1. I have all my wedding details pinned on Pinterest. 

I needed those details and to share them with people involved. This is the place I have them saved and it has worked as a really great resource. Pinterest can be a fantastic waste of time but, when used responsibly, can be inspiring and useful as a tool for projects and planning.

2. I had a birthday party to go to and all the details were in an event on Facebook. 

I probably could have reached out to the birthday girl and gotten the details directly from her but, it was much easier and quicker to log on and retrieve them from Facebook.  Planning events on Facebook is a really great way to organize people and share details (or changes in details) with a large group – saving time / sanity.

3. I had to find last names for addressing wedding invitations.

Again, I probably could have reached out and directly asked our guests – “how do you spell your girlfriend’s last name??” But this seemed a little more discrete and I’m a big fan of using whatever resources I have handy – even if that means Facebook stalking.

Overall, I guess what I’m trying to say here is that social media isn’t as evil as I thought it was when I started this challenge. I do however think that it gets a bit much when you’re checking for status updates at red lights (but maybe that’s just me??). From now on, I am hoping to think of it as a tool and not something that I mindlessly check every 15 minutes.

challenge accepted: may

Commence “Anti Social Media May”! It’s catchy, right? Came up with that all on my own.

When I thought about committing to a goal this month, I was initially a little overwhelmed. I mean, I’m just so BUSY right now. But, when I took a step back to look at how I use my time, a light bulb went off. I’m busy but I’m not optimizing my time in the best way possible.  So, rather than add something this month, I’ve decided that my focus should be more around removing the unnecessary. For me, social media falls squarely in that category. It’s not something that I need for my job but I’m regularly constantly checking my phone for facebook updates and instagram likes – at work, at a stoplight, to fill time while standing in line. Trying to fill every blank minute with something to stimulate my brain. It’s just gotten to be TOO MUCH.

There are a ton of articles and research for why these habits (and in general, an always-connected lifestyle) can have negative impacts. They interfere with the learning and memory making processes in the brain and, from my own experience, interrupt spending quality time with people I love.

This month my goal is to very strictly cut out Facebook,  Instagram and Pinterest but I’m going to also make a broader effort to power down more often and minimize multi-tasking (less blog reading and watching TV). I’ve already gotten rid of the offending apps on my phone and I instantly feel a little bit better. I’m even thinking considering kicking off my challenge by doing my own National Day of Unplugging. I’m excited to see how this challenge goes.

Here is a round up of some great articles that I thought were interesting and relevant:

Why Technology is so Addictive

Could you completely unplug every weekend for a month? Meg Keene at A Practical Wedding is and I’m inspired.

Digital habits are actually depriving our brains of downtime.

Why We’re Missing Out on Real Life – and a primal challenge.