Monday, 21 September 2015

Social Media Detox

social media detox

As I write this post I have YouTube playing in the background, my blog dashboard open in one tab and my phone to the right, flashing up notifications from here, there and everywhere. Since I woke up at 7 am my phone has never been more than a hands reach away from me, and more often than not you’ll find it in my hand, reading, tweeting, pinning, I’m sure most of you reading this knows exactly where I’m coming from - you might even be reading this on your phone!

A week ago, it was all really different! Like, MEGA different. I was in Fuerteventura with my Mr, on an all you can do on your ass in the sunshine trip with very limited, practically stone age access to WiFi. I won’t lie, I freaked out just a little bit before going on the trip. What the hell was I going to do without wi-fi? *insert horror movie shrieks*.

A few thoughts that crossed my mind…

  1. How would I know what was happening in the world?
  2. What would happen to my blog?
  3. My precious DA score will go down the pan!
  4. I’ll lose all my followers!
  5. What if someone really awesome tweets me and I lose my moment to fangirl tweet back?

Let’s face it, blogger, or not, most of us live our lives out online in some way or another. From Facebook updates to Instagramming every meal and coming up with #kickasshastagsnobodyelsewilluse. It’s a way of life now. So not having access to it was kind of scary.

We arrived at our lack-of-WiFi destination and from the minute I took in the endless, uninterrupted view of the ocean, the mountains of volcanic rock, the space all around us, the sun in the cloudless sky…it was like someone had flipped my vision to 1080p HD with 360degree panorama. 

Our wi-fi was slow, spotty, often cut out and more often than not, more hassle than it was worth trying to connect to at times. 

See, when you’re forced to go without something you quite simply, have to just get on with it. I had no choice, I couldn’t access social media half as much as I normally would, so I was forced to take a social media detox.

And guess what?

  1. The only English channels on the TV were News channels - and I knew more about what was going on in the world than I have in a very long time.
  2. My blog was still alive and kicking, getting hits and comments when I was nowhere near it.
  3. My DA score has stayed nice and put like a good puppy.
  4. I gained followers across all my platforms.
  5. Better late tweet than never tweet!

The world kept moving, I slept better than I have in a long while, and I discovered a few pastimes that I really enjoy that I haven’t made time for because of all the time I spend online. Believe it or not, there was a time in my life when we didn’t live our lives out online and I guess there’s still a part of me that remembers that life and liked it.

From enjoying the simple pleasure of reading, uninterrupted for hours on end to just talking with my Mr into the small hours, no notifications or 'likes' pinging off and distracting me in the background - everything about being away from the online world was nothing but positive

Have you ever taken a social media detox? Did you survive or cave? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,


  1. Things don't change so much in a short break, but is still scary not to have a look on social media :)

    1. I'm so surprised at how much actually changed in just a week with my regards to just HOW much time I spend on social media. Shame is the further away I get from that holiday feeling, the more I find myself on social media! Eek!

      Sarah :)

  2. I have never done a social media detox but I think I need to, I am always glued to my phone/tablet/laptop haha x

    NICHOLA ROSE - UK Fashion Blog

    1. You should try it and let me know how you get on! I found it so liberating, and scary - I couldn't believe how much freer I felt not having to be 'online' every single minute of the day!

      Sarah :)