No Social Media

This is a short reflection on my 1 month hiatus from social media.

To be honest, it was hard in the beginning. I realised that my fingers naturally tend towards clicking on a social media icon (which luckily, I removed). I also realised that I just had this tendency to check my phone for notifications (which luckily, I turned off). So it was an action that just wastes time.

However, over time, it got better and I learnt to not expect anything. The first thing I noticed is that I had more time. Instead of mindlessly scrolling social media and consume trash content, I had time to read. I read about 2.5 books in the past month which wasn’t possible the month before.

Secondly, I realised that my conversations with people are deeper and I was more interested in what they’re doing and how they are because I do not have that knowledge prior through their instastories. I love that.

But best of all is the disconnect from the world. In the beginning, I felt left out but over time, I realised that I really didn’t care what happens outside and I no long preoccupy myself with information or stories that does not concern me. I think I was less stressed that way and not have strong views about things that are far away.

Furthermore, no social media means no sharing. I only share my thoughts through this blog. I no longer post rash things or controversial ideas that might get hate just because I felt hormonal at that point of time. It’s safer this way.

Productive seemed better but quite hard to judge as I’m always on the move the past month, busy with life in general.

So, it has been a month. I’ve posted a tweet this morning.

So what’s next?

I don’t know. I might use social media on-and-off but definitely not completely removed from it. I still need it to build my portfolio and learn from others for my creative pursuits.

I guess… Responsible usage of social media is crucial now and something I’d focus on.

May Allah guide me on the straight path. Amin.


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