I noticed that whenever I looked at Facebook or Instagram for a little break, escape, or boost, it would have the opposite effect. I felt worse after looking at it, more stressed, more anxious, less comfortable and confident. I'd feel anger at various idiots, frustration with family members, overwhelmed by politics and tragedy, this AFTER heavily editing my feed to be a place of peace and positivity. It's just not. After a few weeks without it, I felt zero temptation to go back. Life is so much better!
I forgot to add that I have appointed a social media monitor. :-) If anything important, funny, or exciting happens in our social circle, he texts me or sends me a screenshot so I'm not out of the loop. My husband is still on Facebook, so he keeps me advised about family news. Otherwise, I'm happily clueless.
I do still receive Twitter notifications from local police, fire, and news desks so I know if breaking news is about to happen at work.
I found myself becoming anxious while scrolling through posts, wondering where the anxiety was coming from-then I realized...it was due to reading the posts. Not feeling like I measure up or I am missing out or upset over this and that post. Good grief. It was like self created anxiety. I don't need that!! By you sharing your experience I realized I could at least try it , too. I sure appreciate it!!
Yes!! That! Constant comparison, anxiety, low-grade self-consciousness. Plus the whole thing where all of your social circles collide. Coworkers seeing my non-dieting stuff, professional contacts hearing from my crazy relatives, everything you like or look at blasting to everyone. Sure you can divide and filter, but that's even more time and stress, and it doesn't work.
Initially, I still looked at Instagram but that created the same feelings. I tried setting up another account with a different username and email, just for cute animals, but it knows and it will still suggest diet bloggers, trainers, and posts from people you actively avoid. Now, when I need that little break or boost, I play games on my phone, look at Feedly, or text with people I actually want to talk to.
I put a lot of the things I wanted to follow into my Feedly account. I get Byron Katie wisdom, cat videos, cake recipes, body positivity and non-dieting, but I don't get all of the stress/conflict/comparison I used to wade through to see the same posts on Facebook. There are no comments for example. Imagine! I can just read or look at something, form my own opinion, and not have it questioned or destroyed by a bunch of bickering. It's nice.