Most colleges, businesses, and organizations have taken the mindset of “if you cannot beat them, join them” as far as social media. Many businesses and organizations are opting for an updated Facebook page rather than keeping their website up to date. The presidential race in fact has been heavily broadcasted on Twitter, this shows how important social media is in society. I have challenged myself to give up social media for a week. As a college student much of the information for clubs, organizations and even for Sigma Alpha, is on social media. Although there are constant updates about needed information on social media I realized I spend too much time on social media scrolling through meaningless pictures and videos. I often times find myself just looking at social media like snap chat or Pinterest or Instagram just to fill time in between classes, when I could be doing something more productive.
During the beginning of the week I was definitely having some major FOMO (fear of missing out) as far as not being up to date on what’s happening in my friends’ lives. I missed seeing the updates of what my friends from back home were doing. So instead of social media before class I used those five to ten minutes before the beginning of the class to look at the news to see what is going on in the world. This helped me feel clued in on what is happening and made me feel less like I was in the Stone Age. I also took that time to review what the professor went over in the previous class. By Wednesday I had realized I could really finish the week off by not going on any social media.
By Thursday a friend had texted me asking if I was alive, I found this to be both funny and heart-warming. I was glad she had noticed and taken the time out of her day to send a text message, checking in on me.
So I am sure the question most would be asking is, did I crack? I am not going to lie I did crack or cheat at one point. I was on my laptop when a Facebook notification came up for Sigma Alpha and I decided I better look to make sure nothing that needed immediate attention was happening. I then found myself scrolling through the newsfeed section and quickly exited the page.
Overall I found this to be a great experiment to see how productive I can really be without social media. On the contrary I also realize how essential social media is in today’s society. This experiment has helped me decrease my media use now that I am back on social media.