One of the Best Parts of Being on the Road for Two Weeks was My Disconnection from Social Media.

jesscio
New Choices
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2 min readAug 12, 2021

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I returned a few days ago from a two-week cross country road trip with my daughter. Being out in the world, attached to the earth and marveling at its wonders was a truly soul-edifying experience.

There are things I missed about being home — my husband, my son, my dear little felines, my own bed, the access to delicious food at almost any hour of the day.

One thing I did not miss at all was social media. I checked my accounts maybe three times in fourteen days. And I posted exactly three pics from the journey — one of which was our arrival back home. I didn’t feel like I missed a thing.

But now I’m back home and I’m worried I’ll fall right back into the habit (addiction). So far, I’m doing okay. I check it more than I did on the road, but I’m choosing books over mindless scrolling more often, especially before bed when, they say, too much blue light disturbs your sleep.

But I’m worried that it is only a matter of time before that seemingly innocent bland scrolling takes over too many hours of my day. Again.

Having had a break from it and feeling not one ounce of FOMO, I keep wondering what it is that’s pulling me back.

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jesscio
New Choices

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