• Tahlia Asinate

Life Without Social Media

So, about a month ago, I decided to remove myself from social media. I deactivated my Twitter and Facebook, I also deleted my Instagram.

Really, the only platforms I use now are Coil, Cinnamon and YouTube. So, I guess I’m not off social media entirely ... But, the platforms I’ve stayed on are ones that I use to share my work and are ones that help me expand my knowledge.

Now, obviously, you can do both of those things on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Yet, for me, I haven't been able to do that while still using the platforms in a productive way. Which in essence is why I no longer use them …

How this came about started one afternoon when I was scrolling through Twitter. As I was looking through my feed, I suddenly thought — what’s the point of all of this? And in that moment I started viewing the platform differently.

Later that evening, while taking a walk with my boyfriend, I shared that I wasn’t keen on social media anymore. I told him how it felt like a waste of time, that there was always so much to take in. And perhaps most importantly, that I felt like it was taking away from my writing.

As we continued talking, I began realising that perhaps I would be better served by not using social media. That my time would be better spent honing in on my routine, and going all-in on my creative endeavours. And with that thought, I decided to do another social media detox.

So, I'm now about a month into not having social media, and honestly, it’s been absolutely remarkable. I’ve been spending a lot more time outdoors, I’ve been going for walks in nature. I’ve been more present in my activities, a lot more productive and I’ve really started feeling like myself again.

Now, considering how much I'm enjoying not being on social media, this then begs the question ... Will I ever be back again?

And honestly, I don't know. I’m not making any firm decisions about it yet. For now, my focus is on creating my best work and getting my ducks in a row. While I know moderation is key, I haven’t yet been able to completely do that. Meaning, for now, I'm focusing on my writing, my routine, my loved ones and being present in each moment.

Something which I think is important to note is while social media isn’t for me right now, I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing. If anything, I think it's a tool that can be used positively or negatively. However, the only thing I’d urge you to think about is whether or not you use it intentionally. If not, perhaps consider taking a break from it.


Tahlia X

Now, I'd love to hear from you ... What's your relationship with social media like? How do you maintain a balance between life and social media? Let me know in the comments below.