What happens when you delete all social media

A lot of folks speak about deleting their social media accounts. I truly did it.

Deleting Fb and Instagram made me social media app-less, apart from LinkedIn, which I don’t are likely to doomscroll on anyway. I’d been contemplating the concept for months, and I’m actually unsure what pushed me to do it.

I solely meant to attempt it for per week to see how issues went. However right here we’re, three weeks later, and I nonetheless haven’t re-installed both app—and don’t plan to. Right here’s why.

The expertise

For the primary couple hours after I deleted the apps, I discovered myself within the land of muscle reminiscence. I’d wake my telephone, go to faucet the place the place the apps was, and see that they weren’t there. I’d keep in mind why, set my telephone down, and transfer on with my day.

I did this 4 instances.

It’s exceptional how these pathways had been inbuilt my mind over time. It’s sort of unhappy, truly: I didn’t even must consciously make selections every time I opened a kind of apps. My mind was so wired to spend time scrolling mindlessly via social media that I used to be doing it with out even realizing it.

The behavior appeared to subside inside a few days. There have been a few instances the place I wished to examine one thing on Fb, however as a substitute of instinctively going to open the app, I’d give it some thought, understand I didn’t have it anymore, and the psychological debate got here to an in depth.

The professionals outweigh the cons

With my retrained mind and regained time, I used to be capable of spend my time on issues I personally really feel are extra beneficial. However that’s to not say I don’t miss sure facets of every app. For instance:

  • Fb Market. We mainly furnished our house with goodies off of Market. A lot of nice offers available. My spouse nonetheless retains tabs on this, but when she weren’t on Fb, we’d must look elsewhere.

  • Main life occasions of associates or household. I’m not the primary to know, however sufficient of the family and friends I discuss to exterior of social media (sure, they exist!) maintain me within the loop.

  • Humorous posts. I used to get a chuckle or two out of ridiculous memes and movies. I now depend on my associates and spouse to ship me one of the best of one of the best, which is sort of good, truly—curated humor!

  • Information. I used to make use of each Fb and Instagram for my every day dose of reports. Fortunately, there are many options for this together with, you know, newspapers.

However the advantages have outweighed the losses by miles up to now, and some weeks in, I can safely say that I’m not lacking it as a lot as I believed I might. With the additional time I’d in any other case have spent on social media, I’ve began studying extra and caring for issues round the home—issues I’ve been pushing aside for longer than I’d prefer to admit. I really feel relieved and far more answerable for my time.

My work focus has additionally improved tremendously, and I had certainly one of my most efficient weeks (ever!) the second week. All as a result of I deleted two apps.

I’d actually encourage you to do away with your social media apps, even when it’s only for a pair days, or a workweek. I’m going to maintain going, at some point at a time, and I’ve a sense that after some time, I gained’t even really feel these occasional pangs. And on the very least, I gained’t have these soiled dishes giving me the side-eye every time I stroll previous the sink.

If you’re not desirous to take the leap, there are options. For instance, you may flip off notifications for social apps. Or, you may use distraction blocking tools in the course of the workday. iPhones and Androids even have Focus options to assist.


This article initially appeared on Zapier’s blog and is reprinted with permission.