Demi Lovato may want to give your heart a break, but she also wants to give Twitter a break too. Last week, tweeted that she was going to take a pause from using the social media site, and honestly we don’t really blame her!
While we of course hope you are checking out all the awesome Gurl social media pages, we can also sympathize with the feeling that it seems Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. are totally taking over your life. Seriously, being social can be a little overwhelming!
Demi is a busy girl with a whole lot going on, and while as a non-celeb, maybe I don’t have as much going on as she does, I still sometimes think about deactivating my Facebook and canceling my Twitter because I just want my life back. What would I do with all my new free time exactly? Well, here’s what I think I could accomplish if I took a cue from Demi and said bye-bye to Twitter and deactivated my Facebook for a while:
See My Friends In PersonA few days before her Twitter leave of absence, Demi tweeted some sage advice about the importance of friendship. I’ve forgotten what some of my friends look like beyond their Facebook profile picture. For all I know, they only exist in the digital world. I'd give them a call or meet up with them... you know, just to confirm they are still actual, real people. Source: Nikki Nelson/WENN.com
Take Advantage Of Extra Drying TimeI would do my nails every single night. It’s hard to paint my nails and scroll through my news feed at the same time. Now, no need to worry about the time it takes to let my nails dry and getting polish all over the keyboard! Plus, without all the key tapping, that should cut down on chips. Source: Shutterstock.com
Close My EyesIf I stopped going on my social media accounts, I think I would start blinking again. I’m kind of convinced that all of the staring I do at computer screens has given me a big time case of "Overly Attached Girlfriend" meme level-crazy eyes. It’ll be nice to close them again. Source: Shutterstock.com
Go On Real DatesRight now, my most frequent dates are me snuggling up on the couch with my laptop to watch a movie while we scroll through Facebook or read new Tweets. If I canceled my accounts, I would be able to go on dates with a real guy, and not just my laptop. I know there will be a little separation anxiety at first, but I think it is what is best for the both of us. Source: Shutterstock.com
Read Books, Not StatusesI happen to own the entire collected works of Shakespeare. Currently, the book makes an awesome doorstop, but if I hopped off my social media, instead of reading thousands of status updates, I could read the Bard’s entire works. People are always making up new social media slang (hashtag, anyone?) but Shakespeare was making up words before it was even cool. Source: Shutterstock.com
Express Long ThoughtsNo Twitter means no more calculating my thoughts into 140 characters or less. I have so much more room to express myself now! I could maybe write a very long one-woman show or pen a whole memoir. I’d never thought about writing beyond the character limits before! Source: Shutterstock.com
Swap Real-Life Drama For TV DramaInstead of dealing with Facebook drama, I could watch so much more drama on television. I could have finally catch up on Revenge so I could actually talk to my roommate about it, rather than lying and just repeating back what I read other critics say about it (shhh, don't tell!). Source: Ai-Wire/WENN.com
Reconnect With MomSooo, I kind of forgot my mom doesn't use social media. I'd finally make the time to have real conversations with her since I guess I shouldn't have assumed she'd been reading all my statuses for the past three months. She probably has no idea what is going on in my life. #SorryMom! Wait no, I'm going to say it normally: "Sorry, Mom!" That's progress. Source: Shutterstock.com
Expand My Photo SkillsMy Facebook photo collection is pretty huge, but that's also because I snap pics super quick. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about picture quality, just the fact that people know ASAP what my dinner looks like. If I wasn't only taking pics for social media, I could take a photography class, and maybe make some money off my shots. Source: Shutterstock.com
Play Real TagWhen was the last time I played tag? No, not tag someone in a status or a photo. Like the original definition of tag. Considering I’ve spent so much time sitting on my couch looking at my social media, running around to play an exciting game of tag with my friends would give me a much needed exercise boost. Source: Shutterstock.com
How much time do you spend on social media during the week? Do you have a favorite social media website? What would you do with your free time if you canceled your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts? Tell us in the comments.