I think I might take a break from social media. Recently, I find myself engulfed into Tumblr and Twitter. After I logout of Tumblr, I feel so tired. Not the kind of tired you feel after running. I mean this kind of exhaustion that takes a toll on me spiritually and mentally. I hate that feeling. I heard from a YouTube video that it takes 21 days to break a habit. So from now on I will FORCE myself to not login to Tumblr and Twitter. Well, for Twitter, I’ll only use it when I want to read on international, state, and national news. The news outlets I follow update every minute, so that’s the only reason why I will continue to use it.
I found myself immersing into other people’s lives and anticipating their new posts or tweets. Are you kidding me? I stopped and reflected on what I was doing and decided to stop going on social media for entertainment purposes. Which reminds me, Instagram is another social media network I’ll stop going on.
I decided to ONLY write (meaning I’ll continue to write on this blog), read, listen to music, watch YouTube videos, watch movies, and become a better me. I want to know thyself. I want to know everything about myself and the world around me – everything. I can’t achieve that by waiting on other people’s updates and tweets. Nope, never gonna happen.
This is going to be a challenge for me because I psyched myself into thinking I needed Tumblr because it was my way of “socializing.” Since I don’t have any friends and don’t talk to anyone other than my sister, I told myself that going on Tumblr is just a “new age” way of being friendly and to socialize. I’ve come to realize that it’s not. I don’t care how emphatic someone is when they debate me on social media being a good thing when it comes to being “social.” It’s not!
I’m going to make sure I won’t go on Tumblr today and for the next 21 days. And after the 21-day mark, I’m going to see if I should still go on Tumblr. I told myself that I might be addicted to Tumblr, but I didn’t take it as an addiction. I took it as an escape from the truth to who I was. When I’m on Tumblr, I’m not focusing on myself; I’m focusing on how cute my blog looks. It’s crazy that I’ve come to this point on my opinion about social media. I used to think social media was a great way for introverts to be themselves. But to tell you the truth, it hasn’t helped me. I’m constantly looking at other people’s lives instead of living my own life.
Tumblr helped me to get through my depression in the beginning of last year. It forced me to stop thinking about my sadness and forced me to think about the content on my blog. Now, I feel like I’m focusing too much on my blog and giving no attention to myself. I’m happy for what Tumblr did for me in the past, but in the present and for the future, I must sign out of Tumblr and login back to my life.