What is Life like without Social Media?

Hey, hey! Long time, no chat, eh? Happy JUNE!!

It’s been a busy and wonderful couple of months, and for fun, I thought I’d share my thoughts on how life has been without social media.

Ever wonder what life is life without social media?

Well, I’m here to tell you!

{note: I removed myself from all social media for a HUGE amount of time…. like 2 months. 😉 }

What is Life like without Social Media?!

Honestly, in one word? [It’s] AMAZING.

Life is full, rich, intentional, busy, and so so happy without any social media in my life. I think social media affected me more than I thought it did, so doing this experiment was fabulous for my soul.

The first week without social media was tough. Weird, right? I literally would pick up my phone, tap around, realize I had nothing to do on it, and put it back down. This was repeated several times throughout the day, and it dawned on me: I had become addicted to social media!! How sad is that?

I also think it’s more common than most of us want to admit, but that’s beside the point.

After the 2nd week of no social media, I honestly didn’t miss it one bit. It was nice not to be bombarded with a million different messages each day, it was nice not to have to unfollow because of some profane or ugly word or picture that showed up in my feed, it was nice to have control over what media I took in, and it was so nice to have SO MUCH MORE TIME on my hands.

Time. The one COMMON denominator we all share no matter our race, religion, or family line. How we spend our time is entirely up to us each individually, and I was obviously wasting much of mine, thanks to social media.

The time I would’ve spent on social media has been devoted to my husband, my kids, my faith, my family & friends, my hobbies, my teaching, and my projects. My life has felt richer than it’s felt in a long time, and I totally associate that with treating my time as more valuable, precious, and intentional.

I’ve read more books, gotten more projects done, eaten even better, spent less, gone on more dates with my husband, attended a few fitness trainings, played on the floor with my kids, gone on more walks, served more neighbors, and had more time for fitness experiences & education than I had in a LONG time.

All major pluses, no?!

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Oh, and I’ve taken way fewer selfies and pictures of things that don’t really matter. But that one sneaked in, hah 😉

Of course there are things I missed about being away from social media; things like seeing my friend’s lives & successes, their kids, pictures and events that make me happy, and connecting with people I don’t get to see in real life on a regular basis. By the end of the two months though, I also felt the void of connection with fit-minded people. I love the energy social media can bring to platforms like fitness. I missed that camaraderie!

In reality some things could be texted to me, and then I wouldn’t have to read or see any of the other crap I don’t want to view, but I’ve decided to simply monitor myself better and join back on the social media world!

I’m coming back to social media starting today (June 1!) with some personal guidelines.

  1. I will have two different Instagram accounts — @FitnessPerks will remain my fitness/health/food/wellness/fashion account // @annette.perkins will be my private family account (only family & friends who I know will have access <–so if we’re friends, request an invite!)
  2. I will no longer post pictures of my kids on my fitness social media accounts. I’m sure an occasional family picture might sneak in here or there, but my ‘life with kids’ is not something I want to post about on my fitness pages anymore.
  3. I am only going to blog 1-2x/week or possibly less than that. Being a mom to two kids is intense, yo.
  4. I am not going to scroll aimlessly through my social media outlets anymore. If I miss an announcement or picture or fun event, life does go on. It does?!?! Haha. That does sound harsh when I say it that way, but my time is more precious than I ever realized before, and I refuse to waste it. I do want to know about your lives though, so if you want to text me it if I haven’t left a comment, I absolutely will respond with lots of emojis!

There are all kinds of addictions, temptations, and substances that simply don’t do my soul any good. There are also things that are good but have some downsides. Social media is one thing that I do like, but this experiment has illuminated the idea that it does more harm than good if I’m not careful.

This whole time away from social media was an empowering experience for me, because it made me realize I do not like handing over control of my time or my decision making to anyone. Social media started to deceive me and left me feeling wanting, and like I needed more (of everything!) to be like everyone else. Taking it away gave me the clarity I needed & was seeking, and led me to becoming a better version of myself.

Which is always what I’m seeking to do. :)

<3

Have a FABULOUS DAY!

Have you ever gone on a ‘social media fast’? Do you feel social media affects you-why or why not?

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  1. I had a similar about a year ago. Now I live blog a maximum of twice a week and it’s turned everything around for me. I find I crave rather than to dread.
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  2. Kaitlyn says:

    Hiiiiii!!!!!! I was so excited to see that you posted! I LOVE that your time away gave you so much clarity, and I 10000000% agree with your point that so much of what is shared via social media can (and maybe should?) be personally shared (via text, email). In fact, when things are shared with me personally that way, it’s so much more meaningful. I do feel like at times, relying on social media has made some of my relationships less personable.

    WELCOME BACK! <3

    • Yeah, it’s crazy how social media has taken the place of a few personalized interactions. It was neat to see how that changed while I was away! I’m sad I missed a few ladies’ babies being born that I only ‘know’ on social media, but I got to congratulate them once I was back, hah!
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  3. I’m glad you are back but couldn’t agree more with your post! Social media is addicting! I’ve thought many times about taking a break. This is why I only blog about 1 time a week. I just don’t have the time with the kiddos and there are other things that are more important. Sounds like you all are doing fabulous!
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  4. monica says:

    Well said. Welcome back , really missed your posts !

  5. Caroline says:

    You are an inspiration to me! Glad you are back but on your own terms.

  6. You’re awesome! Missed knowing what was up with you this last month, but it was just as easy (actually way better!) to pick up the phone and call you last week! And I just requested to follow your other IG… After requesting another Annette Perkins first and realizing it’s not you lol
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  7. Erica says:

    I was just about to email you! Glad you’re doing well and enjoyed your break! I would love to follow your personal account (if ok :)).

  8. Hiiiiiii!!! So glad you are back on wise terms! You bring positive energy to social media!!!

  9. YES!!! I just took the weekend off and it felt so weird…but so FREE! I wish I had the courage to take a longer break!

  10. I just searched your IG last weekend and saw you hadn’t posted for quite some time! I’ve missed keeping up with you and your cute kids! I do agree I need to be more intentional with my time and not aimlessly on Social Media!

  11. Love this! I do not go on social media nearly that much anymore. I didn’t take a specific “break” but I have gotten a little fed up with how a lot of the platforms aren’t genuine anymore (meaning sponsored, overly posed) which lead to me just losing general interest. I’ve gotten to the point where I “forget” to go on IG or twitter for days at a time (the only social media’s I really use).
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  12. I literally was just thinking yesterday how I hadn’t read a blog post from you in a while and wondered if my computer phased you out or something! I’m so glad you’re back, we missed you!!! Glad you took some time for yourself, I think this is an experiment I need to try as Sully is 10 months and I go back to work in August! Waaaaa….I am feeling like I need to be SOOO MUCH more intentional with my time even if it is no social media when he is awake….small steps! lol…welcome back and can’t wait to catch up!

  13. Amy H. says:

    I commend you for doing this experiment! I’ve recently been thinking about how much I’m on social media, and it’s quite staggering to realize how much time I spend mindlessly scrolling each day! I think we all could learn a lot from you on this :)

    • It was staggering how much I mindlessly scrolled, and it was refreshing to open up a huge part of my life again! I highly recommend it to all and anyone to take a break–it’s so mind blowing the clarity and refreshing feel of being away from the phone can bring!

  14. Great post, but also, welcome back! I’ve only ever “fasted” from FB and I have to remind myself to check Twitter, haha. My relationship with FB shifted significantly when I returned though I do still check in regularly on there.

    I do know I spend too much time on Instagram, but I think it’s the photographer in me that’s drawn to photos (and I find IG on the whole to be more positive than FB usually).

  15. I love that you did this! I have definitely missed you, but I can see why it is so important.

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