It’s Time To Delete My Social Media Apps — You Should Too
How often do you check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or your other social media app of choice?
More often than that?
I find my finger hovering over the Facebook logo on my phone all the time. I click it like a reflex whenever I have downtime.
I check it in my car if I have some time to kill before work.
I check it on my lunch break.
I check in my car, again, after work before heading home.
Most of the time I don’t even know why. I’m not looking for anything in particular.
Maybe I’ll get something out of it. Maybe a friend will have some big news (though it’s unlikely; I would already know if it’s a close friend, and if it isn’t I’m unlikely to be very bothered), or I’ll see a good article or a funny meme.
Most of the time I’ll scroll listlessly for a few minutes, maybe “like” a few posts and close the app down having achieved precisely nothing of value.
And I’ll repeat that at various points in the day.
The question is: why?
I have reasons for keeping Facebook around: mainly for keeping in touch with — or at least being aware of — friends and family scattered around the globe. But I might get the odd glimpse into their lives, my feed is mainly full of posts from people I’m not that interested in or whose names I genuinely don’t recognise.
There are things that liven it up — funny tag groups and pictures of people’s pets — but I don’t need it.
I have plans to be more productive in the new year and Facebook is a time suck. So is Twitter, albeit less so.
But I’m not quitting entirely. Instead, I’ll just delete the apps from my phone. If I can’t get on with one absent-minded tap then I’m much less likely to do so. Having to grab my geriatric, heavy-duty laptop and sit through it’s wheezy ten-minute bootup process to get on Facebook means I’ll only do it rarely — or when I really need to.
What will I do with the time I recover from the endless scroll? Hopefully more writing and reading, or just more thinking. Maybe you could benefit from deleting those social media apps too.
Join me. Reclaim your time.