Why I stopped following you on social media.
I woke up the other day and reached for my phone like I normally do before I roll out of bed for the day. I browsed through Facebook, checked my Twitter notifications, and then started browsing Instagram. I browsed and browsed past some friends pictures of their kids all dressed up for Dr Seuss week, I scrolled past breakfast photos, great quotes, funny pictures, and sale after sale… All of the sudden, I was running late for the day. Crap! While rushing to wake up my poor, sleepy kids, I cursed myself for spending so much time browsing past pictures, most of which I didn’t even really have that much interest in anymore. I had even lost my place on Instagram and I wasn’t even done scrolling through. I wasn’t even all caught up. So I decided that once the kids were up and out the door, and after I caught up on a few household chores that I would sit right down and clean up my feeds.
Please don’t take it personally, Baby Moccasins account. I think your little shoes are adorable, but I have no babies and don’t need your sales.
Jewelry makers! Oh how I adore each and every piece of jewelry you post! It’s absolutely gorgeous, but I don’t wear very much jewelry so while I find your handcrafted jewelry pretty amazing, I just see no point in sacrificing those precious minutes on something that isn’t really something that I’m interested in.
I mean nothing when I click “unfollow”. I simply just want to spend those few minutes in my early morning wake ups browsing photos of friends, people I know and love, people that inspire me, poeple that push me to be better person. I really hope you can understand that.
Friend of a friend from a million years ago, I’m not sorry that I unfriended you. All you posted was random drama about your life that I know NOTHING about, I just see no point in keeping that on my newsfeed. I’m a little bit sorry that your life is just “awful”, but I have my own problems and worries and I simply do not need to hear all the details of yours.
Twitter friend that only retweeets other people or only tweets in a foreign language that I don’t speak- unfollow. I don’t and won’t have the time to translate your tweets that probably aren’t important to me. I mean no offense by it, but I’m simply just cleaning up my feeds.
Celebrities. While I adore some celebrities, I really don’t keep up with their day to day lives, I only enjoy them for their acting in movies that I love. I don’t really need to keep up with them on social media to enjoy their movies.
I’ve unfollowed over 1000 people between Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. And I’m not even done yet, some slipped through the cracks during the first clean. Isn’t it crazy how quickly you end up following just everyone and anyone?
And do you know what I’ve learned from all of my “cleaning up”?! I’ve learned that each morning I easily catch up on my feeds. And, because I have extra time to spare now that my feeds are smaller, I found myself engaging more with my friends. I take the time to actually look through photo albums that get posted on Facebook instead of just scrolling past them and quickly clicking “Like”. I comment on more photos than I used to. I actually care about what is being posted and what I’m seeing so I take the time to engage. I enjoy my morning catching up a lot more.