Journal

Logging Off

I decided a few weeks ago that I was pretty much done with social media and a great majority of the internet. I was triggered/inspired to leave due to the amount of crap I was inundated with on the daily basis. 

I knew it would be a challenge and there would be a tough adjustment period. I was slightly addicted to Instagram; at one point having 4 accounts running simultaneously. So I got the monkey of my back. I deleted all social media from my phone and that worked for a few weeks, but the algorithms are smart. I started receiving emails about my missed moments from “friends” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Then I did what had to be done, I deactivated all of my accounts, except Twitter and LinkedIn. I place those platforms in the professional category, and I’ll do some housekeeping to my Twitter account. (I still took a 30+ day break from Twitter)

This wasn’t a decision I made lightly. I’ve been toying with this idea for months. I had to really assess what I got from social media; what real tangible value did it provide me, and how I would compensate for that loss. What I came to realize was social media was just that, social...media, I had roughly 220+ subscriptions to various people’s lives and that was weird; too weird for me to be comfortable with on a conscious level. While I did make some connections on social media, those connections developed into real relationships that exist off line. Business-wise, I doubt I’ll ever feel an impact from not having a social media presence. I’m a creative and there are many places I can share my work to catch the attention of prospective clients. 

On personal note, I’ve never felt better. There’s a certain mental relief to not being bombarded with everyone’s life, all the issues of the world and every single new shiny product. While I still have some muscle memory issues to work out and I still jump to the place in my phone where Instagram used to be, I’m working on it. I’m far more productive, even writing this note is something that is only happening because I’m not distracted with social media.

This is my journey and who knows if I’ll ever go back. I’m a person who likes to deal in the real world with real people, with real human interactions. You’ll see a lot more of my photography work and BTS moments in this blog, and I’ll do my best to keep this current. 

Peace. 

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