If you follow me for a while now, you might have read the I read every day before bed and after waking up for a week: an experiment and a challenge post I’ve written in October. Basically, I wanted to find out if ditching social media helped with my mood and reading habits. Short answer: yes, it did. I recently watched one of Ruby’s videos, How I stopped wasting time on social media, and I decided to do another challenge. When it comes to social media, I only have Instagram, so this post is going to focus on that. I also set myself ground rules for other websites.
First, I’m going to talk about the other websites, as they are quick to explain. I set a screen time limit on my phone and tablet: thirty minutes per day for YouTube, fifteen minutes for Goodreads, and fifteen minutes for a Hungarian bookish site. These are in total, and my devices sync in between, so I can’t trick them, haha. I also set a downtime between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., so I am not able to browse basically any site. This kind of forces me to read a book, or do something else.
Now on to the longer stuff: social media, which means Instagram for me. I have a love-hate relationship with this app, but recently, it’s been causing me a lot of distress. The only time I was a hundred per cent in love with it was when I came back from a quite long hiatus in 2019 and started to connect to a lot of bookworms. I met so many wonderful people there, some of whom I can call my friends, and they are basically the only reason I haven’t deleted my account a long time ago. Back then I was really active, I followed a lot of accounts, liked and commented a bunch, and my engagement was pretty great. But then, as I started to use it less and less, became less present there, I started to get a decline in the engagement I got.
I kind of realised that I would need to spend a lot more time on Instagram, follow more people, engage with lots of people’s posts if I wanted to have more recognition. Plus, apparently, photos are not enough for the inventors of Instagram anymore, they push videos and Reels to a ton of people, and thanks to this algorithm, people who don’t want to make them, stay in the shadows.
I slowly became less and less motivated to put out content. I changed up my theme and made digital reviews and stuff, but it didn’t help. I realised I don’t want to spend a ton of time on an app that makes me overthink myself. I always thought my content was not good enough to be more popular. I thought maybe the problem is that I’m not US-based, I don’t have a lot of physical copies, and I write longer posts and reviews, etc. Then I recognised that my mindset was a bit toxic for my mental health, as nothing felt enough, I was always wanting for more.
So I decided to go on a hiatus until September 1, to try to come up with a solution. I want to change my mindset about making content on Instagram, as at the moment it’s not causing me happiness. Honestly, I don’t know if I will find a key, and I might be off that app for a lot longer than I am currently anticipating. I don’t know if I’ll keep the other challenges for daily screen time limits after September 1, but we shall see. I will for sure update you on how it goes!
Are you on Instagram? What are your thoughts on it? Do you struggle with social media too?