Withdrawing

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  1. This is incredibly relatable. I’m on Tumblr myself and have started wondering why when the whole point of the website seems to be a weird popularity contest. A contest that I’m definitely loosing, or probably refusing to join in the first place.
    Nevertheless, well done on lifting some of the social-media-expectation weight from yourself!

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  2. I totally agree with you and have had the same thoughts over the last few months. I have several issues with social media and have started withdrawing. First was snapchat, then facebook. I made my instagram account private and blocked all the followers i did not personally know. I did the same with twitter. Like you say there is a burden with all this. I have slowly crawled away from self promotion online and quietly write blog posts and hardly ever tweet them out. I really thought i would find it difficult losing facebook, by tweeting less or by not promoting my blogs but I actually have found it easy and feel so much less hassled by the whole thing. I log out of apps now to avoid the constant sound of notifications that some crave yet i hate it as it breaks my concentration on what is important. Now i know why do ditched the smart phone.

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    1. I’ve been surprised how little I now use the phone – sure, there are some great things on my work phone that I still use, like Google Maps, and the camera, but the social apps? Haven’t missed them at all.

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  3. I’m working on a similar process….listed under declutter in my daily agenda. I haven’t shut down any social media accounts because I’ve been able to have some under my name, which in the long run probably doesn’t matter, but since I had to put periods in my IG name because the other was taken…it makes me want to retain my hold on the others (which I think means Twitter….that I rarely use).
    I do use apps to check my twitter and IG followers because I hate the follow/unfollow game and if you follow me just to unfollow, then I will unfollow even if I like your work on IG just because I don’t appreciate head games. I’m still trying to promote my words or photos…in the dreams of being the next J.K. Rowling or Ansel Adams (I am, of course, exaggerating), but there’s a piece of me that would rather be stumbled upon. I think that’s the fairytale and magic lover in me. šŸ™‚
    I’m pretty social with those I know who’ve earned my loyalty (and I’m pretty loyal to a fault…it’s a Virgo thing), but not so much with strangers. Although I’m honest with strangers too…because I don’t do fake.
    I think the most important thing is to be true to yourself and if it’s weighting you down, to remove it. Good for you!! šŸ™‚

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  4. I love this so much! I’ve been wanting to do the social media purge myself. It’s so easy to get caught up in everyone else’s life that they chose to show you, the people you aren’t close to. You never see the bad days in a photo album, but those are the ones that get us from one happy memory to the next, and social media can quickly make you forget that.

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  5. Ah you sound really down (not sure if that’s the word) in this post. Social media really can be a huge weight and it can be hard to keep up with it all! Is there no way it could have been a technical error? I remember on Twitter people would post out saying a bunch of people they followed had been removed so to message them so they could follow again. I dunno, just seems so weird they wouldn’t be following you!

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    1. No – it was no error – I think it may be the primary reason that Tumblr is slowly dying. Many people are inherently lazy when it comes to social platforms – they build a little tribe around themselves, and then stop looking outwards. I think people that write more traditional blogs are far more outward focussed.

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      1. I also know that tumblr has randomly unfollowed MANY people in the years I’ve been gone, to the point that I’m shocked to see who I’m not following – because I never unfollowed!

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  6. I am not very good at socializing in person or virtually. If I am honest, it’s mostly self-esteem related so I withdraw often and then again surge forward in waves with my mood. Not that I don’t really enjoy interacting with those when I can, but when I feel like I can’t it’s overwhelming.

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  7. This post makes me glad I’m not active on social media sites. The only one I have is Facebook… and although I check in to see what my friends & family are doing daily, I don’t often post my own stuff.

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    1. Facebook is slowly becoming more and more toxic though, isn’t it. As noted above, they have started showing the posts of people you have marked as acquaintances in the feed. That used to be the primary method through which you could satisfy somebody by adding them as a friend, without having to put up with their idiotic drivel šŸ™‚

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    1. NO – It’s not you silly – it’s the behaviour of the majority that I don’t like. I was only tagging along with Tumblr because people asked me to anyway – I had almost zero interraction with anybody outside of the three or four I have known for years (you included) šŸ™‚

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