What I Have Learned from Disconnecting

There seems to be a new trend going around about disconnecting. Disconnecting from social media, from bad friends, toxic relationships, disconnecting from stuff. Lately I realized I have been following this trend. Not on purpose, but as midterms approach and I start planning more social time with friends I realized I have almost completely disconnected from the social media world as well as watching any TV.

I’ve been spending most of my time reading books, writing, working on homework, or enjoying time with friends and honestly I don’t miss anything. I am now considering get rid of most social media apps from my phone because I have found myself to be so much more happier and productive.

The other day I was kind of bored so I decided to watch some youtube videos. That is when I realized it had been a very long time since I have just sat and watched youtube videos and honestly I felt like I was wasting my time. Since being disconnected from the online world I feel like I am actually living my life instead of reading about other peoples.

In the end what is the point?  Unless I am reading an article or a blog that is going to improve my life or motivate me I realized I have no interest in what the Kardashians are doing.

As I’ve been disconnected I realized just how annoying it is to try to make plans with people or hang out with someone and they are sitting on their phones or they are not fully present. It is like as soon as there is a moment of silence in a conversation people pick up their phone. There is this need to constantly be entertained.

My boyfriend one day made a comment about me spending so much time on my kindle. In comparison I spend much less time on my kindle then people do on their cellphones but it is more socially acceptable. Think about it if I was out to dinner with someone it would be rude for me to pull out a book and start reading because it means “I am no longer focused on this social interaction.” It is the same way with cellphones yet no one blinks eye. Am I against social media and the online world? Absolutely not but I think it needs to be acknowledged that social media is a tool and it is not real life. Give yourself some time to disconnect and realize how amazing your life is in the real world not online.


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