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Why I thought about leaving Social Media (And why I did not)

I think everyone can relate to the love-hate relationship that is social media.  I’ve been on social media for almost 15 years.  Over that time, I’ve connected with people from my past and present that I wouldn’t have been able to without social media.  There is no doubt that it has been an amazing tool.

But there have been some issues in the last few years.

  • Facebook’s feed algorithm is a joke.  I see the same 25 people’s posts every time I get on the site.  I have 840 friends. The number of friends is not the point. The point is that I’m not even seeing 25% of the posts my friends make.  And recently, Facebook got rid of lists, which allowed me to quickly check for updates from certain groups of people, like family.  Now, I don’t know if they post unless I go to each profile individually.  I don’t have time for that.
  • Instagram’s feed is going the same direction.  I get constant comments from people I follow, especially ones that depend on social media for their livelihood, that their followers don’t see their feeds.  This has led to a lot of Instagrammers completely relying on Stories but those are getting so congested, making it longer and longer for me to watch in one sitting.  And I don’t have time for that, either.
  • Twitter is getting congested with retweets and sponsorship links.  Plus, there are a lot of people I follow who get really caught up in the vitriol and drama of the internet.  While I started following some people for the encouraging, yet challenging, posts, a lot of their more recent stuff has just been reactionary.  I actually like Twitter’s format the most, but it sometimes feels like I’m not connecting with anyone on there, just shouting into the ether, and like I said already, no time for any of that.

With all the frustrations I had been experiencing, I really felt compelled to just leave it all behind.

In September 2018, I removed the Facebook app and Facebook Messenger app from my phone on a whim (why two apps are required is just ridiculous).  Last year, I continued with the impulsive decisions.  I stopped using social media on Sundays (with a few exceptions sprinkled throughout the year) and I deleted my Twitter app from my phone. 

A lot of these decisions were influenced by wanting to be present with my active son.  But it was also influenced by the fact that I lost track of time when I was on these accounts. Just think about all of the other things on my to-do list that could have been done in that time.

And if I felt energized or motivated after the time spent on these sites, then that would be one thing, but I usually don’t.  And this is not a judgment on anyone else’s social media use.  I just know that what I’m doing with my use was simply not working.  And I needed to make a change.

But I realized I couldn’t leave.  Not completely.  Facebook groups are utilized on a regular basis by my neighborhood, church, and community.  If I want to stay connected to these places and people I care about, I need to stay on these sites to some extent.

It’s not the people I was wanting to leave.  It’s the sites, themselves.  So, heading into this new year, here’s the plan.

  • I am not going to deactivate anything this year.  But I am going to be purging a lot of the accounts I follow and reassessing how I want to use these sites moving forward.  I’m hoping that by culling back, it will help with those algorithms, among other issues.
  • I am keeping both Twitter and Facebook off of my phone.  I can still use my laptop, but it does naturally limit the amount of time I can spend on them.
  • I will continue to fast from social media on Sundays.
  • I am moving the phone charger away from my bedside table, so I don’t use it first thing in the morning or last thing at night. 

I may add to this list as I move throughout the year.  I don’t want it to get complicated, though.  Simplicity is actually my main motivator in all of this.  I just hope I can use these changes, or maintain the changes I’ve already made, to pursue a happier, healthier, more productive, and ironically, a better connected life.  I guess we shall see.


I’m still fostering the puppy from last week, although he’s going back tomorrow.  When I am fostering, I don’t go to the SPCA those weeks because my hands are full with the pups at home.  So I thought I would take a moment and share my favorite doggie instagram feeds this week.  I mean, who doesn’t want their feeds to be filled with adorable dog pictures?

Even in my own news feed last year, dogs dominated my pictures.

But here are just some of my favorite #DogsOfInstagram that I follow, in no particular order.

I tend to gravitate towards the dog owners that have similar breeds to my own.  While @dane_queen typically shows off their gorgeous Great Dane pups, every now and then their Rat Terrier makes a cameo.


@andrewknapp takes gorgeous pictures of landscapes as he travels around the country with his pup in tow.  My favorite part of his pictures is that his puppy will actually hide in the background of the landscape, making it a Where’s Waldo (or where’s Momo in this case) game.  Can you find Momo in the picture?

@animalphotosbysaracoe is a gorgeous mix of pictures of various breeds and crossbreeds (aka mutts) in different scenarios.  I wish I could print some of these for my wall.  Plus, this particular dog reminds me of my childhood puppy.  So sweet!


@andreaardendogtraining is a dog trainer, Andrea Arden, who takes pictures of the dogs she is training.  She will even on occasion give training tips.  But seriously, the blue eyes on this husky….I can’t even.

And last but not least, @rudy_theboxer.  This is another breed owner who takes pictures of their dog like @great_dane.  Rudy is simply gorgeous with the brindle coat.  And just look at that face!  We have our own brindle boxer mix, so I like connecting with dogs like Rudy.

Of course, there are a lot more dogs that I follow on Instagram, so I may do a follow-up post sometime later in the year.

Do you have an Instagram?  What kinds of things do you follow?  And are you following me (@katyslifestory)?

Do you follow any doggie instagrams?  I’m always looking for more!