5.19.2017

What I learned from turning off my Snapchat notifications

The average person checks their phone 200 times a day. To me, that sounds like very little. I am almost never found without my phone in my hand. Phones have become a safety blanket for many people.

In the world we live in today, we are constantly being bombarded with information: texts, snapchats, Facebook and Instagram updates, tweets from our favorite celebrities, etc...

Today, I want to share with you my experiences from turning off my snapchat notifications. From the reasons, to the outcomes, I think the lesson I learned was a very valuable one that is worth sharing.

A few months ago, I started have issues with my best friend. I felt I could not trust her and had no idea what to do because of the possible consequences of any actions I took (I am planning on writing a whole post about toxic friendships). Essentially, I was super unhappy with my friendship and started obsessing over my snap streak with her (which was about 550 at the time). I spent a lot of unnecessary time and energy worrying about who she was snapping behind my back and if I was her #1 best friend on snap (If you don't have a snapchat this might be a little confusing, but stick with me for a minute).

On Monday afternoon, after I lost my streak with this girl, I decided to turn off my notifications. I thought this might help me relax and stop obsessing. The first few days I noticed no change. I was as focused on being responsive on snap as I had previously been. After about a week, I noticed I had been way less active on snap. I was less obsessed with what others were doing (via watching stories), and with who was snapping me.

It has been 3 weeks since I decided to step away from social media and my phone, and I find I am happier overall. Without the constant interruptions of my phone lighting up, I am able to focus on my work more, be more present with my friends and family, and enjoy everything around me. Although I did not disconnect from social media completely, the small steps are steps in the right direction. I am no longer obsessed with what other people are doing with their snapchats, and I am not even slightly upset over not being friends with this girl anymore (again, a story for another day).

As hard as it is, I challenge you to "disconnect" from snapchat of 1-2 weeks. You might realize your life will change for the better:)

Let me know how you think phones impact our lives. I have an amazing video on cellphone usage in our society and, if you're interested, I'd love to share it with you guys.

Thank you so much for reading.

Have an amazing day!

XOXO,
Jordan

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