What would you do if you got back all the time you spent on social media? All the minutes, hours, *days* spent scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest?
This was a question I actually had the opportunity to ponder when I quit Social Media for 2 weeks– and you know what? I didn’t know what to do with all the time.
In one of the more recent IOS updates, the Apple developers added a feature that lets you track your time on your phone. It even breaks it down to home much time you spent on social media, compared to how much time you spent on reading and reference.
Here’s my average from last week (which was a week I fully indulged in Social Media)
So embarrassing… but it paints an accurate picture of how much time I spend on social media a week. 19 hours. C’mon… that’s almost a whole day. It’s actually more hours than I am awake in a day. Crazy!
Given this information, we can surmise that in the two weeks I avoided social media, I had around 38 extra hours over the two week period.
Honestly, I didn’t know what to do with my time. In my last post (here) I reported that I saw more people, but that didn’t take up 38 hours! In truth, my spare time was probably spent googling an array of different topics, and most likely online shopping (Sephora can confirm this!). I wasted the time.
In all fairness– I didn’t realize how much time I was wasting.
Prior to taking my social media break, I was unaware of this function on my phone. I wonder, if I had known how much time I typically spend on social media in a week, would I have spent that 19 hours differently? Would I have taken an online course? Delved into a new hobby? Read a new book?
Now that I can allocate a number amount to my social media use, the hours seem more tangible and useable. Going forward, I think I will be more conscious of the time I am spending scrolling versus what else I could be doing with that time.
I would love to know what you would do if you got 19 hours a week back. Let me know your ideas in the comment section down below!