A few days went by around Christmas and I decided to do a instagram detox if you will.
It really only applies to Instagram and not Facebook. Over the last year I’ve used Facebook sparingly for pure communication and projects abroad.
It’s an interesting time we’re living in.
A digital overwhelm is what I’ve termed it.
Living in Asia has made me realize how important our smart phones have become and continue to become.
While it is truly amazing what we can do nowadays with it, we cannot experience the good without the bad.
Here’s a few things I’ve noticed:
I found that after a few days, the need to log on and check out other people’s pictures and my own notifications had greatly subsided.
Our level of self-absorption begins to decrease. We don’t feel the need to share everything we’re doing offline online.
We become more connected to our surroundings and once again affirm that human relations are of high value.
As awesome as it is to connect with people all around the world, making the effort with people ‘in person’ is so rewarding and can be a rich experience. Perhaps not all the time and that’s also exactly why it’s so rich is because it provides a challenge.
Connecting with people also keeps you in check. We’re built on people, we need to be able to handle people.
Social media can cause social anxiety when interacting offline. It’s real-time.
We’ve Got Time To Progress
Another thing I noticed was that I felt more content with where I was and am in my own life.
The days have become more lively and each day greets me with a sense of excitement and adventure.
Constantly comparing yourself to the others out there on the gram will only hold you back from making your own move towards your future.
Tony Robbins believes the secret to happiness is PROGRESS.
There are so many incredibly successful people on Instagram and they worked hard over a long period of time. Overnight success doesn’t exist. Don’t be fooled into thinking it will take you a few weeks to achieve X,Y or Z.
You become more aware that the perfect life you see online is not the entire story. There is no reason to feel that you are missing out on anything. In fact you should figure out what IS missing in your own life instead.
Spending too much time ‘online’ creates a deficit in our available time.
It’s tiring running after time we’ve lost.
The time spent logging IN and OUT of the gram can steal good chunks of time.
How many times have we logged out after posting your new photo?
And how long was it before we logged right back in to check? A few minutes I know.
Logging on once during the day is bound to have us logging in a few times that same day especially if we’ve posted something.
Add all that time up. It might not be much. But did it provide some value?
That time could be better spent brushing up on our skills.
Putting in that extra deep work.
Reading a book.
You’ll still go on to wake up for work.
Eat and sleep, just to name a few.
The point is that concentration and the ability to stay connected to what we’re doing improves.
We again begin to notice our own progress instead of everyone else’s.
Real People Are So Important
I realize over and over that we are truly part of something bigger than ourselves.
It really hit home on my flight to Vietnam over the Christmas holidays.
We’re all here and we’re all partaking in life as we know it day in and day out.
Because we walk while looking down at our phone, we may find it easier to look down than to make eye contact with people. Making eye contact with people shows that you value their presence and thoughts.
I thoroughly enjoyed my vacation without feeling the itch to jump onto Instagram.
Of course there were moments I thought about posting something I had shot earlier that day.
But instead, I chose to fully experience what was going on around me. The people serving the coffee, the food, the motorbikes zigzagging through the streets, the hooting, and the daily life in Hanoi’s bustling streets.
This gave me tremendous joy and I was able to absorb so much more and in such a way that my time there had an impact on my mindset.
Sharing an experience with someone is one of a kind. Those same moments won’t ever happen again.
So go out and don’t be afraid to share your life with people. They want you to and they too want to share theirs.
Inspiration and Freedom
I felt a lot inspiration come through during those 9 days.
It became very easy to not log on and I knew that after the holiday I would not log on for while.
Why? I’m figuring that out as I go along. It’s part of the experiment. I have Tim Ferris to thank for this.
Anyway, there was a definite surplus with regards how much energy I had available for thinking and reflecting while disconnected from Instagram.
My creativity improved. Insights were coming in from all directions. Clear thoughts and collected thinking.
Right then and there I knew that I’d continue this experiment back home and take notes on how it might affect my musical endeavors as well as the first month of the year. Set the tone you know.
I might hold out until the end of January. Or even if I log back on before then, I’ve at least had to time to reprogram my mind about how I go about using Instagram as a platform and as a business.
Disclaimer: This post was not because I had ‘had it’ with Instagram but more so because a few days went by where I didn’t post and those were the first few days of my holiday.
What are you doing differently in the month of January 2018?
Let me know in the comments below!