The number one reason I left social media was for work. It was time. Many people asked me to return, I wish I could, but I can’t.
When I was about 24 years old, I left social media. And I did not come back until about 7 or 8 years later. During this time, I moved to Toronto and completed my second degree. And recently, I realized, I figured out my recovery during the time at TMU and in Toronto. I can’t prove my recovery had something to do with removing myself from those platforms, however I believe it may have partially made a difference.
I was talking to someone the other day, and I don’t think everyone needs to leave social media. People use it for business, which is okay. And some use it as influencers, which is also fine. However, when I was speaking to this person, I said, I am okay with all of it, you make money however you need to. But I don’t want to be a part of it. The perfection just doesn’t align with me, so I am removing myself.
If you ever noticed, I sometimes posted pictures of myself when I did not always look great, after a workout, during a workout, different angles, I did this all on purpose. No one is perfect, yet we are expected to always look amazing, as the pictures present.
And it’s okay if you stay on, but again I just don’t want to be a part of it anymore. However, if you do, I get it, it’s just the way our world works now.
My social media became a thing, and I got caught in it. And didn’t know what to do. I’ve struggled with this for over a year. I told people close to me, that I didn’t even like it. I knew I was going to leave 6 months ago, things happened, and I left.
I feel terrible saying this, but social media was transactional for me other than with some close people. And I am not the type of person to have transactional relationships with people, I like to form deep friendships, and I wasn’t able to do that with these platforms. It was superficial and one dimensional. That’s not me. I want to hear people’s journey, what made them strong and what made them who they are. The online world doesn’t necessarily allow for this, that includes through text and direct message too.
There is another reason that only my family is aware of. And I’ve shared with some people close to me.
In my opinion, social media is a little overrated.
I am still on LinkedIn and plan to continue to write here on my blog.
I hope you find what I found, do I fear on missing out, yes, do I care on missing out, probably not, do I never want to use a phone again, yup, but I can do with putting it away for hours here and there, I guess for now.
Wish me luck…
2 thoughts on “why i left”
Thank you for sharing your thought,
I believe you made the right decision, all social media platforms have a hidden agenda, to hook your mind and feed you garbage and lies, which is not the real world. As you say this world is not perfect and neither are we. I am only on twitter and Linkedin and really thinking about leaving twitter.
A great post and you make a lot of sense
Congratulations Samantha, I support you with your decision! Once again your courage and leadership on speaking up on this subject are what is needed for many others who feel the same way as you do!
Thank you for being a champion and a voice of reason!
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