Music: Kenny Rogers – “The Gambler”
Today is one of those days where I question my decision to cut out social media. It’s been six months now since I killed all my social networking accounts and I have to admit, I have mixed feelings about it.
There’s been plenty of positive changes in my life due to cutting it out:
- Less negativity
- Less drama
- Less overwhelmed
- Less pressure
- More free time
- More centered
- More mental/emotional energy
Likewise, there’s been plenty of negative changes as a result too:
- Lost all communities
- Lost all friendships (except one)
- Less up-to-date on current events
- Less up-to-date on topics of interest
- More Isolated
When I made the choice, I thought the positives outweighed the negatives, but in hindsight, I’m not sure that’s true. There ended up being more negatives than I first thought, and those negatives have really hurt me. I miss those friendships. I miss those connections. I miss the comradery. I’m an introvert, but that doesn’t mean I want to be left alone forever. I just need a break from people every so often.
Was I right to cut out all social media? Was the problem more of how I was using social media than social media itself? I don’t know. I’m tempted to return to Twitter since that was where most of those friendships and communities were, but I’m on the fence. Would it be a mistake to go back after all this time?