• Cara Goulding

Going Social Media Dark

Next week I will be ticking off one of my ‘Thirty before I’m Thirty’ tasks by going social media dark. For seven days I will not be allowing myself to access or update any form of social media.

Why am I setting myself such a challenge? Because this will be the first time in nearly ten years that I won't be looking or updating anything at all. I won't be trying to gather people's approval with tiny thumbs up. I won't be updating my status or spending time editing photographs. I have always been the kind of person that craves other people's approval so I'm going to take a step back from that and try and figure out why that is. Of course one of the other hardest things about the experience will be my inability to nose into everyone else's life, I think I will feel quite cut off from the world.

I also really want to see how I use my time when I'm not constantly glued to my phone. If I think about how much I actually use it through-out the day, checking Facebook and Instagram pretty much constantly - it's the first thing I do when I wake up and the last thing I do before I go to bed - the time adds up. I think even I'm going to be shocked at how much I rely on my phone to be a time filler once it's taken away from me.

I am planning on reading a lot more to try and fill the gaps, which will be nice because I do love to read. I'm sure it is probably a much more productive use of time rather than scrolling though my news feed, finding nothing and then scrolling through again 2 minutes later, in an endless cycle. It will be interesting to see if my attention span increases, as I am guilty of watching TV and also scrolling through social media. Half the time I have to rewind because I've missed something, a habit that annoys my husband no end! I will also be looking at how my sleep is affected. I don't think it will have much impact as I am a very heavy sleeper who drops of in minutes but will the limiting of screen light make a difference?

I wish I was joking when I say that I factored in good wifi when booking our honeymoon and that I pay extortionate prices on my phone to have unlimited data so I am never without the internet. I am aware that this has now become a bit of a problem, which is why I want to address this by taking a week off. Plus so many people think I can’t do it that I’m determined to!

Rules of the week


Monday 11th September 00.00am – Sunday 17th September 00.00am

My husband will be monitoring out of office hours and my work wife will be monitoring office hours

To avoid temptation I will be removing all social media apps from my phone and will not be looking or updating the following:

  • Facebook

  • Instagram

  • Twitter

  • Pinterest

  • Buzzfeed

  • Youtube

I have included a couple that aren't social media per se but that I use frequently and would just replace the others rending this process a waste of time.

Just a note I have 'scheduled' the usual Wednesday and Sunday blog posts so they will be uploaded but will not be advertised on social media until the following week, so if you want to read either subscribe (shameless plug!) or remember to head over.

This is not going to be easy at all and to be honest I'm dreading it. It is either going to be a very long quiet week, or an incredibly productive one - let's hope the latter. I think, if nothing else, it's probably going to be good for my soul.

Cara x

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