After deciding to stop treating my blog like a job earlier this year, I immediately realized I was mindlessy scrolling my Twitter feed multiple times a day, I stopped scheduling tons of tweets on Buffer to promote my posts and share those I found around the internet. There was nothing wrong with it, if not that I usually found myself reaching the app very frequently and closing it with depressing feelings. After all that happened (and still happens) in the world lately, you can find politics everywhere, even on those accounts you followed solely for their geeky/fictional stuff (even LOTR RP accounts are “compromised” now).
It was too much for me, even if I actually care about it because I live in this world. I already unfollowed and muted several accounts, but those tweets kept coming no matter what. It was very frustrating for me, because Twitter had always been a way to connect with fellow Tolkien fans, the Hobbit actors, book bloggers, productivity coaches and so on. I didn’t want to let it go, but, at the same time, it made me feel angry, frustrated and stressed out, and that’s not what I need in my life right now.
So, after many thoughts, I decided to delete the app from my phone adjusting my settings: email notifications for mentions and direct messages, a handy IFTTT applet to auto-share my blog posts when they go live. I didn’t want to completely quit Twitter, after all.
Despite my late announcement, I can proudly state that today marks two weeks of Twitter detox and I don’t think I’ll change things anytime soon! I feel so GOOD. Staying away from it made me realize how many times I compulsively reached my phone in a day only to scroll a feed that made me feel bad, it also made me spend more quality time interacting on Instagram, which is still my favorite.
I’m not going to quit Twitter, I still plan to use it for Twitter chats, random things I want to share and to interact with others, but not checking it daily has been a life saver for me and I plan to continue this way.
Lesson learned. So, please, delete those apps that make you feel bad, depressed or discouraged. You don’t have to feel that way, sometimes a little detox is what you need.