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Three days of no social media

Have YOU tried not using social media? (Carly Wohlberg)

Have YOU tried not using social media? (Carly Wohlberg)

Carly Wohlberg and Ariel Arbiv

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As high schoolers, we constantly hear nagging adults saying, “get off your phone,” or “you’re addicted to your screen.” Are we, Ariel Arbiv and Carly Wohlberg, really addicted? The average person spends around 1 hour and 40 minutes browsing social media every day, so what would we do with our time now that we have an “extra” hour and 40 minutes? In three days, we attempted to answer the pressing question and document our results. We deleted all of the social media apps we use (Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat) for three days. Email, text and phone calls were permitted.

Prep (January 30):

We are excited to start this challenge. We know at times it will be difficult; however, we think we will be able to handle it.  

First, we let our followers know that we were going to be missing in action for the next three days by posting on Instagram.

Carly’s Instagram post. (Carly Wohlberg/The Weber Rampage)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ariel’s Instagram post. (Ariel Arbiv/The Weber Rampage)

 

 

 

 

Carly:

I keep my favorite apps (which include Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram) in a folder on the bottom of my phone so that it’s available on every page. Here are the before and after pictures for proof.

Picture of app folder before deleting the social media apps. (Carly Wohlberg/The Weber Rampage)

Picture of app folder after deleting the social apps. (Carly Wohlberg/The Weber Rampage)

 

 

 

Ariel:

I keep Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat on my phone. Rather than just logging off of the apps, I deleted them from my phone to remove any temptation I may have to open them. Below are before and after pictures of the folder on my phone I title “Social Media.”

Picture of app folder before deleting the social media apps. (Ariel Arbiv/The Weber Rampage)

Picture of app folder after deleting the social apps. (Ariel Arbiv/The Weber Rampage)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day One (January 31):

Carly:

I was ready for school 15 minutes faster than usual today. I think the only thing that could explain this is that I wasn’t distracted by my phone.

I always take pictures or videos on Snapchat of funny things I see throughout the day so that I save them to my memories (a Snapchat feature). Today I couldn’t do this, so I took pictures with the actual camera app on my phone and saved everything to my camera roll. I’ll have to post them next week.

I keep finding myself opening my “♡” folder and reaching for Instagram, which I check whenever I have free time. It’s so weird to turn on my phone and see zero notifications. I’ve been reminding myself not to go on Facebook when I am on my computer, and I’ve started playing games on my phone instead.

Ariel:

Not even one hour after waking up, I already found myself tapping the spot on my phone where I am used to seeing my social media apps. As I do not use social media much while I am at school, not having my apps did not bother me. In the evening, after I finished my practice and my homework, I usually spend five to ten minutes on my phone and then go to sleep. However, tonight I went to sleep right as I got into bed.

 

Day Two (February 1):

Carly:

Today felt pretty much like yesterday. I am still reaching for Instagram and Snapchat when I take my phone out. It’s my cousin’s birthday, so I had my sister log into my Instagram on her phone and post a picture for me. It’s agonizing not being able to check it and see if I’m getting likes and comments. I am realizing how much time I’ve gained, though. I can’t take breaks to go on Facebook in between homework assignments. I finished my homework earlier than I’m used to.

Ariel:

Today was easier. I didn’t even check my phone when I woke up and immediately started getting ready for school. During my down time between classes today, I talked with the people around me instead of checking my phone constantly. Since I got to pole vault practice early today, and no one was around to talk to, I played games on my phone for ten minutes while waiting. This challenge has begun to feel more like a cleanse. I left my phone in my car while shopping at Target instead of bringing it inside with me. I was more productive and didn’t worry about losing it the whole time.  

 

Day Three (February 2):

Carly:  

It’s finally almost over. I feel like I’ve missed so much. A friend of mine sent some big news to a Snapchat group, and I had to find out from someone else. We aren’t allowed to download our apps back until midnight, and I’m counting down the hours. Since it’s Friday, I didn’t have soccer practice after school. After dinner with my family, I just wanted to check my Snapchat but I couldn’t, so I realized it would be a good time to write this article instead. It’s been a good experience and I’ve realized how much I rely on social media in my down time. It keeps me occupied, gives me a needed distraction, and will usually put me in a better mood. Whether it’s scrolling through a funny Instagram account, reading Snapmags, or watching Facebook cooking videos, I know there is always something waiting for me. I think this challenge would be beneficial to other students because it helped me understand that social media can have a positive impact on me and that I can use it in moderation.

Ariel:

Today I took a road trip to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, which took around six hours (Friday Atlanta traffic). Usually during a car ride I spend time on social media, however, I had to spend my time in different ways. On the ride I slept, ate a snack, and watched a movie I had downloaded the day before. After dinner, we went to the hotel and got ready for bed. Instead of spending 10-25 minutes on social media before bed, I fell asleep early and was well rested for my pole vault competition the next day.

Overall, I highly recommend this challenge. I felt more productive these past three days, and am even thinking about doing “no social media” for a few days a month or once a week. Even though I missed out on some information, I was notified about the urgent current events that actually mattered.

Now, it’s your turn. We challenge YOU to go three days with no social media. Whether you’re a parent, teacher or student, we think this is a beneficial challenge. Let us know how your challenge goes in the comment box down below.

 

 

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