I Don't Have Social Media Apps On My Phone And I'm Happy

I Spontaneously Deleted My Social Media Apps From My Phone For A Week And I Have No Intention Of Adding Them Back

Scrolling through my news feed on my laptop just doesn't have the addiction factor that scrolling through my phone does...

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A little over a week ago, I decided to delete all of my non-communication social media apps from my phone. Instagram, gone. Twitter, goodbye! I've never had the Facebook app on my phone, but I logged out of it on safari, too.

I've never been one to post on social media very often, so all I ever did was scroll through tweets or pictures and lose time. Sure, I was able to keep up with friends, and I am partial to all of the dog Twitter accounts that I follow, but overall, I found that I was simply wasting my time.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not against social media. While I think that there are negatives to social media such as the importance of projecting a "perfect life" and the negative associations that can come from that, overall, I think that social media is just that: a way to stay up to date with friends and family. It being a way to stay up to date with pop culture is just another plus.

Twitter and Instagram were the first apps that I saw every time I opened my phone... of course I'm going to gravitate to going to them. I found that each time I opened my phone I would check to see if there was anything new. With the number of times I check my phone in a day, there rarely were more than two or three new posts. That is a problem.

When iPhone came out with its Screen Time app, I used it to limit the time that I was allowed to use each app. I set it at 20 minutes, thinking that that would be plenty of time to get my fix but not be on social media too much. However, while for the first month or two, the limit deterred me from going over 20 minutes, I soon found myself overriding the limit without thinking twice.

The next extreme? Delete the apps altogether. So that's exactly what I did.

So, deciding that I could still access my accounts from my laptop if I really needed to see that one tweet everyone is talking about, I deleted my Instagram and Twitter apps for a week to see what would happen. A week later, and my apps are still deleted.

Within this "experiment," my goal was to see how taking away the accessibility of my accounts affected me. I didn't limit myself from getting on Twitter or Instagram or Facebook on my laptop. I could do that whenever I wanted. But I don't always have my laptop on me like I do my phone, so it wasn't something where I could instantly access the website anytime I wanted.

I still check Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter on my laptop a few times per day. But, I only stay on each for a few minutes because scrolling on your laptop IS NOT the same as scrolling on your phone! They do not provide the same satisfaction. After a few minutes on my laptop, I get bored of scrolling.

On my laptop, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook don't hold the same appeal. And because of this, I've slowly stopped getting on the websites. And that's OK with me.

I have extra time now that I'm not scrolling through my news feeds. While I'm not really sure where that extra time has gone, that's something that I could focus on in the future. I could use it to read more. Or I could use that time to sit and watch what is happening around me. The possibilities are endless, and I can't wait to see how I fill up the extra time I now have.


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When God Gives A Girl A Brother

He gives her a best friend.
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My brother is only 18 months younger than I am, but he's also at least a foot taller than me. Growing up with someone so close to my age has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. Yes, there was a time when I thought every single little thing he did was annoying and his feelings towards me were mutual. Yes, we still get into arguments and disagreements. But for the most part, we enjoy each others company. When God gives a girl a brother, He gives her...

1. A listener

I always have someone to talk to. No matter what, when, or where. Some of my favorite moments are spent chatting my brother's ears off while he absent-mindedly nods and continues to play x-box. Sometimes he just listens and doesn't say anything. Sometimes he gives me long replies. He always knows just how to react to what I am saying to him, which is why I tell him almost everything.

2. A protector

When I think about the man that my brother has become, it seriously brings tears to my eyes. He's so big!! How did this happen? I can remember when I was little and could boss him around and he would actually do whatever I said. Now I'm scared that if he hugs me too hard, I might break in half. My brother cares about me, and lets me know it. I'm so thankful to know that he is there for me no matter what and would do anything to keep me from harm.

3. A dance partner

Another favorite memory is dancing to Juju on that beat in the kitchen while mom is cooking dinner (or dancing with us). Or any other time any other song is on... in any other place... LOL. My brother and I are different in a lot of ways, but we both have no problem busting a move together.

4. A Sonic date

"Hey, wanna go get a sonic drink?" "Yeah, if you're buying!" This is a typical conversation for us, and he actually really does usually buy my food! (With mom's credit card sometimes, does that still count?)

5. An example

Being the older sister, I sometimes feel like I have let my brother down in a lot of ways in that he is probably an example to me more than I am to him. He is incredibly smart, talented, and hard working. Kids FLOCK to this guy, and he has the most creative mind ever. Seriously, I'm so nervous that my future kids are going to like their funny uncle more than me. He's way cooler than I am, and I want to be just like him when I grow up.

6. Comic relief

If you've never heard a "Lane Prevett story," pull up a chair. I will be glad to make you cry from laughing so hard. There's no way you can spend time with him and not laugh. And that, to me, is the best kind of person to be.

7. A best friend

My brother is a lot of things, but my favorite thing about him is that he is my best friend. Yes, we aggravate each other. Sometimes he plays his music too loud, and sometimes I take up all the internet so that he can't play video games. But I know that he would do anything for me, and he knows the same goes for him.

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Sorry, Bella Thorne, But Whoopi Goldberg Has A Point

Nude photos leaked, a scandal on the rise

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It all started with nude photos. Bella Thorne decided to release photos of herself naked after revealing that someone had hacked her things and was threatening to post them. She took it upon herself and said "It's MY DECISION NOW U DON'T GET TO TAKE YET ANOTHER THING FROM ME. I can sleep tonight better, knowing that I took my power back."

Let me make this clear from the very beginning. Bella has taken private, nude photos of herself for a reason we don't know (Probably to send to her boyfriend). She then gets hacked and threatened but decides to show photos anyway of herself naked to show that she has control over the hacker. Phew, I'm already not understand this choice.

Many celebrities and other women have praised her decision to do so, but I'm not one of them, and neither is Whoopi Goldberg from The View. While talking about the situation on the show, she was quoted saying, "Listen, if you're famous, I don't care how old you are, you don't take nude pictures of yourself. When they're hacking you, they're hacking all of your stuff. So, whether it's one picture or a million pictures, once you take that picture, it goes into the cloud, and it's available to any hacker who wants it. If you don't know that in 2019, that this is an issue ... you don't get to do that."

Now correct me if I'm wrong but isn't she making a valid point? Technology now has the ability to do whatever it wants, and hackers can get a hold of anything and everything. Whatever photos you take and send through text or even Snapchat can and will be saved to phones or shared among other people. How many celebrities getting texts, photos, or even calls leaked to the media?

In response to Whoopi, Bella is stating that she should be ashamed of her views, that she is putting the blame on girls for taking photos and is sick and disgusting. Can I make this clear again, she is not shaming you! She is simply saying that people (Not just girls, guys as well) should be smarter with what photos they take, who they send them to and know where they could possibly end up. It's not shaming; it's not a lie; it is the exact truth.

In one of her quotes, Bella says, "So what a girl can't send her boyfriend that she misses photos of her that are sexy? Things he's already seen?". I'm sorry, but I find this sentence very problematic. No one is saying that you can't be sexy for your boyfriend, just be smart about it. Sure, he's seen you naked, sure you've had sex, but the rest of the world hasn't. Just because one person gets the right to see it doesn't mean everyone else does as well. Hackers are out there, they are real, and they are real for celebrities and Hollywood.

Now yet again, Bella is twisting this story into something that it isn't. Now in videos that she has made explaining her view, she suggests that Whoopi is victim-blaming and would say the same thing to someone who survived sexual assault. On Instagram, she said, "So, if I go out to a party drinking and I wanna dance on the dance floor, do I deserve to be raped too?". Now I'm sorry yet again, don't start going on a parade by throwing this into the mix.

You got hacked and someone was going to leak naked photos of you. You decide to leak them yourself because you are not letting a man control your life. Then you compared it to drinking at a party, wanting to dance and asking if you deserved to be raped by doing that? Okay, how are these two even being compared? I'm not going to get too into this but think about it. Taking private photos are risky now with hackers, anyone can get into it without a problem. It's 2019, this has been going on for years. You say a man can't control your life so you release them anyway. A woman being raped at a party where she has no control is different. You chose to take pictures with the risk of them being leaked. A woman does not chose to be raped just because she is dancing at a party. Sorry, there's a difference.

Sorry Bella Thorne, but Whoopi Goldberg is not shaming you, she is not victim blaming. She is simply saying the truth.

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