Why I've decided to clear up my social media.

Social media is such a great, but also such an awful thing. It can be a place to keep in contact with some of your oldest and closest friends and family if you don't live nearby, but it can also be the home of cyber-bullying, poor self-esteem and so much more. I recently made the decision to clear up all of my social medias (my private Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram). Here's what I did and why..

Facebook: Honestly? I deleted over 300 "friends" that I've not spoken to for a long time. People who I went to school with & haven't spoken to for over 7 years. Why were they still on my friend-list? Who knows. I felt this real sense of freedom the further through the deleting I got. I could have probably kept going, but I spent almost 5 hours getting rid of the 300.. 

Twitter: My Twitter is an open (not private) account. That, I totally don't mind. Recently, I unfollowed some accounts that I felt were too negative for my feed. I try to keep my social media fairly light- there's too much negativity in the world anyway, so I don't want to see it when I turn on my laptop too. 

Pinterest: I literally just deleted all my boards and started again. It was all getting a little too cluttered for my liking. 

Tumblr: Like with Twitter, I recently unfollowed a bunch of accounts - some because I felt that they were too negative for my feed, but also because I felt some focused far too much on looking a certain way. As someone going through some food- and health-based issues at the moment, that's not the kind of thing I want to be looking at more than I have to (think magazines and T.V. commercials). It's small steps like these that help me beat these issues.

Instagram: Probably (let's be real here, undoubtedly) the social media that I spend the most time on. For similar reasons to my Tumblr clear out, I've unfollowed a bunch of fitness and food based accounts. I still follow a few, but for me, it was becoming too much to look at these 'perfect' bodies constantly while having such negative thoughts about my own. I don't mind if these kind of posts pop up on my 'Explore' page, but I'm doing all I can to get rid of them on my feed.

What's your take on social media? Let me know in the comments here or on my personal blog (where you can find links to my social medias); www.kathrynfirth.wordpress.com. 

Kathryn x

Published by Kathryn Firth

Comments

Aug 13, 2016, 7:32:12 PM

Hi Bianca, thank you so much for your kind comment. I've found that, since having removed so much of the negativity off of my feeds, that I'm becoming more content with life. I wish that I could just delete my Facebook: the only reason I haven't is because I live abroad from my family and closest friends - it's such an easy way to keep in contact with them. Social media definitely has a place in the world, but sometimes I worry that it has too much of a place! It's a difficult one, for sure.

Aug 13, 2016, 5:49:24 PM

Kathryn, I applaud you for doing this. There is so much being shoved in our faces through social media, it is a wonder we do not go crazy. Like you, I too cleaned out my social media activity a few years ago. I got rid of Facebook, then I started an open twitter account just to promote my blog and keep up with like-minded people. Instagram is more of a way of sharing with friends in the moment, but I keep it private and free of too-personal posts.

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