Snapchat is so fun; I really love it. It's the perfect app to share little snippets of your day that aren't Instagram-worthy or significant enough for a Facebook post. You don't have to craft the perfect background or have your makeup done (because the filters are on point), and snapping with kids is hilarious.
Case in point:
I joined Snapchat a while ago, but felt like an old lady trying to figure it out at first, so I deleted it. But then I was on maternity leave last fall and was bored one day, so I reloaded it to my phone, determined to figure it out, and once I did, I was in heaven. I've been gleefully snapping pics of my kids and food, doing Bachelor recaps while pumping, posing questions to friends and applying the filters for over a year now.
But recently, I realized it was becoming too much for me. It got to the point where I couldn't go to bed without watching all of the snaps from the day. And I found myself just tapping the screen to get through them instead of actually looking at them or watching the full video. They are only 10 seconds long. If I were really interested, I could give it my attention for 10 freaking seconds. So I started unfollowing the accounts that I didn't look forward to watching, which helped some, but I was still staying up too late watching snaps. When you can't go to bed because of FOMO, it's time to step away (for me anyway).
So I deleted it from my phone last week. And I do miss it. Mostly for the filters and having fun sending messages back and forth between my sisters. I'm going to take a break from it for a while and see how I feel about it in a few weeks. Maybe I'll decide to get back on, but only follow my sisters and a few close friends, or maybe I won't really miss it after a little bit of time.
In the vein of prioritizing my time, Snapchat was not a good use of it. I don't want to prioritize watching videos of people I don't even know over spending time with my husband and kids, working on my blog, making orders for my sewing business, reading, or getting to bed a little earlier. It's actually liberating to delete an app that is too distracting!
If you have a hard time ignoring the 24/7 action on social media, here are some other ideas to make them less distracting:
- Turn off any notifications that show up on your phone. Those little red numbers on my screen drive me nuts, so I eliminate the problem by turning off all notifications on my social media apps.
- Use the web version. I'm in a lot of groups on Facebook pertaining to motherhood and small business, so there is a lot of activity going on. I deleted the Facebook app and only use the web version if I want to look at it from my phone. It's not as convenient as the app and it's kind of annoying to use, which means I don't look at it as often.
- Assign blocks of time for social media usage. If you really need to focus on other tasks, give yourself short blocks of time throughout the day to take a break and scroll through your accounts. You'll be more productive by not looking at your phone every five minutes, but will still get your fix of the latest news.