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- Just over a year ago,
I'd say my social media use was pretty typical.
Up until that point, I didn't place any limitations
or boundaries on how I used it.
I'd wake up looking at Instagram,
spend much of the day posting to Twitter,
and I used Facebook to see my high school classmates
fight over politics.
You know, how it was intended to be used.
(Matt laughing hard)
Then, I saw my friend Jason Zook make a post on Instagram
saying that he was taking the month off.
He was deleting social media from his phone
and logging out of all accounts on his computer for 30 days.
- [Jason] My identity entire identity was tied to who I was online
and I felt like if I didn't post or I wasn't there,
it was like, I wasn't even doing anything interesting.
I wasn't an interesting person.
It's like, that is such a messed up thought.
When you get to that place, you're no longer
in control of how you're using that platform,
that platform's controlling you.
And I was like, I have to take the power back.
- [Matt] Jason's post piqued my interest but I couldn't help
but think that he was making a huge mistake.
You see, Jason like myself, runs his business online
and relies on social media to keep that engine running.
I looked at what he was doing and thought,
oh my god, all your followers, all these people
that have been waiting to hear from you year after year
are gonna forget that you existed.
And I also thought, oh my god, you're also gonna miss out
on all these inspiration and value and connections
that you get through social media.
My reaction was similar to the first time
I heard about minimalism.
That's great for him but I would never be able to do it
because of, fill in the blank.
The excuses and rationalizations worked for a bit.
It would put my life's work in jeopardy, I told myself.
I'd stop making money.
I'd digitally fall off the face of the earth.
But then Jason quit social media, came back and well,
the world kept turning and his business was fine.
As it turns out, he's been doing it for years.
Twice a year, in fact.
- It is the most clarity of thought during those times.
It's like everything re-calibrates for me.
I get this whole refreshed creativity.
It's like, I was talking about re-charging those batteries.
I'm itching to get back to stuff by the end of 30 days
but I'm also really excited because it's like,
I've taken control of these platforms.
And then I can go back and go, yeah, I didn't, it's fine.
I did, I missed some stuff, I didn't post things
and guess what, everybody's still here.
You know, nothing really changed.
- It's one of those things that's so simple
yet we often never think about it.
It's like switching up a gym routine
that we've grown bored of
or ending a relationship that's toxic and negative
or maybe even quitting a job
that you've been dragging your feet to.
A lot of times we do things because that's the way
that they've always been done but the truth is
that is a horrible reason to do anything.
So, I begin to think about it some more.
I mean, really, how bad could it be?
What could really go wrong by committing to 30 days?
And come to think of it,
Instagram had really been stressing me out lately.
And as much as I enjoy the drama every once in a while,
Facebook seemed like a complete waste of time.
And I keep accidentally offending people on Twitter.
Okay, maybe intentionally.
I wondered how my days would change without it.
How much more productive I would become?
How much more peaceful my mornings and nights would be?
And then, I did it.
I quit social media for 30 days and I made a video about it.
(keyboard typing)
(mouse clicking)
There's a sense of clarity that you get
when you take a step away from the compulsive checking.
It's really hard to explain.
It's really impossible to quantify.
But I can tell you that I simply felt better
by being away from it (mouse clicking).
So, I saw a ton of benefits in that 30 day period
that small window when I did the social media detox.
But what was most surprising to me were the changes
that occurred after, that would be the 400 days
since I went on that detox until today.
And some of those changes still stick with me to this day.
To begin with, it was the first 30 day challenge
I completed on this channel which led me to do
another 11 in the year that followed.
As I experimented with everything from cold showers
to counting calories and quitting coffee,
that alone was a great take away.
To feed my curiosity for experimenting with new things
and pushing myself further out of my comfort zone
and leaning more into my own self-development
that had in years but I didn't realize just
how impactful it would be on how I used social media.
A lot of times we try experiments and challenges
and we attempt to build habits only to inevitably fall back
into our old patterns and routines.
This is probably the most frustrating thing
about trying to build a habit
yet something about quitting social media for 30 days
just clicked something in my head.
It woke me up to the problem that social media
had become in my own life.
And I realize just how much of a distraction it was,
how little I needed it and how little I missed it
once I left.
And so, there were changes that stuck beyond that 30 days
that I have continued to uphold since then.
First, I haven't kept any social media apps
on my phone consistently.
Instead, I install them when I wanna use them.
Sometimes for an hour, sometimes for a day
and then I delete them.
These days the only app that I do that with is Instagram.
Your self-restraint might be a little bit better than mine
but I personally find that I quickly
and compulsively default to checking Instagram
when it's installed on my phone.
The challenge you'll likely find is that
once you delete social media from your phone
you'll immediately replace it with something else.
Whether it's reddit, the news, a video game,
another distracting app, it's like whack-a-mole for apps.
And so, to prevent this from happening,
the best thing that I found to do
is to actually increase your distance from your phone.
Leave your phone in your bedroom.
Leave it in your car.
Leave it at home.
Whatever you do, just don't leave it on you.
After my social media detox,
I also decided to stop using Facebook.
I deleted my public Facebook account
and only use my private account for Facebook messenger
which I rarely use at that.
As much as I love sitting back
and watching the high school drama unfold,
it just wasn't worth holding onto.
My favorite change since I slowed down my time on social,
I compare myself to others much less often.
I'm reminded every time I login to Instagram
just how much that little voice in the back of my head
starts to talk shit.
That person's a better filmmaker than you.
Wow, they're much further along in their career than you.
And hey, that guy's got bigger biceps than you.
No matter where you're at in life,
it's difficult not to have these kind of thoughts.
And I find that that constant scrolling
only helped to support them.
On and on the voice goes.
Making comparisons and accusations against my worth.
Yes, there are ways to this voice like through meditation
but I find that not feeding it to begin with helps the most.
So, I don't.
And hey, side note, I think that sometimes
distractions are actually a good thing.
Sometimes we have bad days.
We're frustrated.
We just wanna go browse Netflix, click on something
that's gonna allow us to turn our brains off.
We wanna scroll through social media
and see what our friends are up to.
We just want a distraction from a shitty day
and I think that's completely okay.
I think what I'm talking about here is more so
when these problems become so big
that we start to overlook other areas of our life.
We're not going to the gym as much.
We're maybe feeling like we're in a negative spiral
because we keep comparing ourselves to others.
Now, that's where I think the changes really need to happen.
- [Jason] When I come back to it,
I then get super intentional about how I use it.
So, then I go, okay, I check Instagram twice a day.
Cause man, I would love to scroll through Instagram
all day long, cause it's great!
It's a curated feed of beautiful things.
It's really awesome.
It's really interesting.
But I don't want it to control my life.
I want the time that that's taking up
to be creating things of my own,
to be exploring, experimenting other things.
And so, you really do just become intentional.
You take that break and then you'd come back and you go,
I don't want that stuff anymore to happen in my life.
I don't wanna feel like I'm not in control
of my usage of these things.
And so, that's why these social media detoxes, man,
they're just been so helpful for me.
- Now, here's the part where I throw it back to you.
What if you quit social media for 30 days.
Don't worry the world's gonna keep turning
and we'll be here when you get back.
Thanks for watching and I'll see you next time.
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