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Ditching Social Media

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  1. It's been 1 year and 5 months since I last logged into my facebook acct. 🙂 It's currently deactivated. 🙂

  2. Hi Rachel! Great video as always 😁 I wonder, what channels on YouTube do you look forward to watching?

  3. I'm a spa therapist and meet so many clients that have neck and shoulder problems. Myself, I used to spend a lot of time on social media and now limit my time and have preference to what sites I now use. My neck and shoulders are loads better.

  4. i do this often! it makes me feel so much better when i don't feel tied to anything, especially social media!.

  5. i agree with u so much! when i get tired of social media i'd log out and tada! i feel very free! i dont have to listen to anyone haha. i believe that everyone should have their time off – alone 😀

  6. I cannot believe how smart and self aware and confident you are, and so young! great advice, especially to go offline for a couple days, not for a year 😉 have a great weekend!

  7. i really liked this, i really love the idea of being simple and offline. Just enjoying the beauty of the life we live 🙂

  8. I was literally just thinking about taking a break from social medias just 2 days ago & then you post this! lol I LOVE IT!

  9. My boyfriend said that I spend too much time on my phone. When I didn't have a smart phone it was so easy cos I didn't have any fucking apps but now: Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook. Now I turned off all notifications expect messages from Whatsapp and Facebook. Hopefully now I can be at peace and my boyfriend happy. 😛

  10. You are a inspiration bomb, Rachel! You inspire me so much! I don't know you but i am sure that you have a perfect life (with imperfections, of course) and you live it with positivity! Kisses from Brazil! :*

  11. She's different than the other youtubers. Because she really wants to pass a information, an idea, an advice, something that will be good somehow in our lives. The other ones just like to show yourselves in front of the camera. Rachel has a personality!

  12. Going to do one this weekend!! Thanks for the inspo! I think I'll log out AND put all of the social media apps in to a little folder titled "Detox!" 👍🏼

  13. I refuse to use any sm apps for this reason (but also privacy, battery life etc). Another biggie is turning the tv off. It's amazing how much more I can get done, how much more awake and active I am when it's off. When I was writing my dissertation I quickly discovered this and had to force myself not to turn it on in the morning, if I did then the day was a bust.

  14. Wow other people do that? I thought I was the only one because everyone in my life is addicted to social media. I rarely ever use these apps anymore and I don't even need to log out of them; I just never use them. I am a MUCH happier person now and definitely less angry than before.

  15. I am actually switching my use of social media. I am not so much of mindlessly using social media, but rather using it in a more business way.

  16. Blocking notifications on my phone has been AMAZING! This video popped up after I made the decision on my own to do my own social media "detox" a few days ago, and so I think it's the universe confirming that I needed to make some changes. Thanks for the tips!

  17. I got to inbox zero and it's probably one of the most satisfying things I've done in a while. thank you!

  18. My biggest downfall is probably watching videos of my subscriptions (like yours ;-P )!!! Other than that, I did delete the Facebook app and I've found I don't miss it at all. Once in a while, I check in and… notice that nothing is that interesting at all. I do keep up with some animal rescues on there which I like. I can be reminded to donate now and again when I do log in.

    Once, I posted on Facebook asking for some recommendations on finding a black wedding dress and didn't realize I had caused a little bit of a stir. I was searching for a photoshoot, but others took it another way, understandably. A friend of mine had to tell me by text to please reply to commenters to clear things up. Oops!

  19. About a week ago I deleted the most of my social apps on my phone, so I have to go on safari instead. It has actually helped me in a good way, because it feels a bit more "difficult".

  20. I didn't know how much instagram stressed me out, before I stopped using it six months ago. It's been such a relief for me. I've felt so free, and even though I still post once in a while (weeks apart though, it used to be every, or every other day), I don't ever go on there, because I know it's gonna drag me down.

  21. Hi Rachel! Great video!

    I deleted my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram January 2015, and my grades improved greatly, for one. It was hard at first, I had so much time on my hands. And people were curious or worried why I left, and I assumed if they actually cared to talk to me, they'd call or text me. I actually lost several of my friends because I wasn't necessarily updated with the events or the tweets. I still texted them though don't get me wrong. I told myself that if social media was the only thing that was keeping me as someone's friend, then we probably weren't very good friends to begin with. I don't miss any of my social media, but now that I've graduated, I may wait awhile until people forget about me, and get a facebook to talk to my extended family.

    I'm so glad someone else feels the need to cleanse themselves of social media. I've recently deleted my junky emails and my unused YouTube accounts. I got this one, and you were the first person I subscribed to. 🙂

    Your channel makes me so happy, Rachel. Thank you for being you! You are so inspiring.

    Love,
    Jacqueline ❤

  22. Getting rid of my Facebook was one of THE BEST things for me! I was so addicted to checking my feed and would waste a lot of time each day. I also unfollowed half of the people on Instagram so now scrolling through takes me only a few minutes. Great video Rachel!

  23. I actually took almost two years off from social media. I had a smartphone and when it broke I used an old school Blackberry. Texting and Phone calls and that was it. It was really refreshing being logged off for so long. I recently got my iphone 6s and I can already feel the difference. So I try to keep my phone in different rooms from me and always have the notifications off aside from texts and phone calls.

  24. I LOVE going on Social Media cleanses! I'm the kind of person who has like no notifications on my phone because not only does it keep me off social media, but I'm so anal I have to check notifications because I don't like seeing them! Lol

  25. I feel like taking a break myself 🙂 My Instagram is @danielleesplin and I can completely relate… I need a reset 🙂

  26. I did this for a week and loved it but end up needing it for my job (youtube) so instead I make sure I have a couple of days off it every now and again and don't really use it around my son except snapchat sometimes as its interactive which he loves x

  27. I deleted my Instagram a few months back, and to be honest I haven't looked back since. I don't miss it at all, it was only taking up my time and mind. I am much happier reading about something i find to be actually interesting, or just looking out the window when riding the bus home than scrolling through food, humblebrags and faces of people I already see every week.

  28. I deleted my fb for a year and it was awesome. It hard to manage now that I am back on… since I am trying not to delete it. ha! Thanks for the suggestions. I definitely going to do some of these!

  29. I wonder if Kalel watches Rachel because Kalel said she was trying to become more minimalistic. Plus, these new videos she has been making seem kind of similar to how Rachel films, even the extra affects seem a little similar. I wonder if Rachel is Kalel's new lifestyle inspiration.

  30. I forgot my Facebook password (lol) and it's almost been a month since the last time I logged in on my mobile. Since I am outside most of my time, I only check Facebook when I come home in the evening, and it makes me feel way less stressed and worried about my social media connections and friends.
    I still use a lot of Instagram, but I will cut on that as well.

  31. Since ditching social media I never knew how long my phone battery could last without it lol it has only been a week, but it has been worth it. I have a huge exam coming, so I have just been studying and using my Sundays as "free days" that I spend time with my family and friends.

  32. Social media can be toxic, or rather the people sharing their views can be toxic. I'm considering buying one of those old school Nokia phones for when I need a break from the web. I can't handle the idea of leaving my phone at home, simply in case of emergencies but an old school phone will keep me connected without depleting my emotional reserves. Quite recently I went for a day trip to the countryside and there wasn't any signal there and so I was forced to spend the entire day talking to people and exploring the local land. It was extremely refreshing.

  33. I muted all notifications last year. My phone only shows emails, texts, and calls. It's the best thing I've ever done. Part of a 30-day minimalism challenge. Video on my channel.

  34. I have removed facebook and pinterest from my phone (which means I can't check it at work because they are blocked on my work computer) and I have so much more free time! I only check facebook twice a day and sometimes only once if I'm running late before work.

  35. This summer I've deleted my instagram, twitter, youtube (apps) etc. It was SO hard the first couple of weeks-but I noticed how much I was just reaching for my phone and aimlessly distracting myself and in turn, wasting time. I discovered too that I compared myself a lot more to people and felt down more. It's all just virtual clutter-and since doing so, I feel like I care less about my phone, and have been living life through my eyes vs a screen 🙂 It's actually really freeing! I challenge anyone else to try it too!!

    Now I wanna go old school and get a flip phone 😛

  36. 42 dislikes!! What is there to dislike? The advice given is great. You'd be surprised by how much more productive your days can be with a little break from social media. If you haven't already done it I highly recommend it 🙂

  37. There's an app called Forest that mean you can set a time when you can't leave the app. Its hard to explain but seriously look it up. The amount of time I study a week went up 5 hours because of it!!!

  38. I removed all social media apps from my phone. I only use social media from my laptop at home. It keeps me engaged and not distracted when I'm out.

  39. Rachel I absolutely love everything you do and I repeat watch all your minimalism/lifestyle videos because they are that good. Also people who don't create like you do, really don't have any criticism weight. The truth is you are amazing!!!

  40. Social media (with the exception of YouTube) makes me super anxious and somewhat depressed over time. I spend way too much time focusing on how my life LOOKS to people I really don't even like vs. how much I am personally enjoying it. Deleting a bunch of stuff cold turkey made me realize that I genuinely just don't care about a lot of things because they weren't making me happy.

  41. First of all I really love and enjoy your videos. Though I just saw the first one yesterday, I already watched a bunch of them.
    Thank you for your great tips! What helped me with not being on social media all the time is just taking a week off of Facebook or Instagram or else at a time. I did it on a seminar and realized how much time I spend on just checking updates from my friends. And since then I also often realize how often other people grab their phones instead of talking to another.
    Also I leave my phone at home most of the time I go to a concert or out for anything else.
    Greetings from Germany! 💖

  42. I used to be addicted to Facebook
    I just deactivate it and I'll go check it maybe once a month, I went 3 years without touching it once 🙂

    I'm always cleaning out my Instagram
    Photos
    Snapchat
    Etc

  43. I gave up social media entirely 3 years ago, and NEVER looked back. I think Facebook, Twitter, etc. are a joke. If you can't see someone, you can just email or call them! I don't even have a smart phone, I ditched that too. I love feeling like I'm totally out of that world, I have a lot more "me" time now.

  44. I did This with Instagram , it started as a fast but I haven't been on for going on 3 weeks. Might not seem like a lot to other but for a teenager it kinda a lot. But I think I can go a whole month

  45. Passed your video just to delete "friends" on FB and made a goal to fast from social media for 5 days! Pray for me! 😂😜

  46. hi amazing video, you're really inspiring. im in love with the background of your computer, where did you find it? so calm and pretty. 😀

  47. are you fucking kidding me? people have a problem with this? I ditched all social medias except for facebook so I can text friends. I log in once a day for like 15min. I can't believe people are so obsessed and that they waste so much time on all that crap. It's not worth it. You're gonna be so much happier when you ditch all you virtual profiles and do something a lot more useful and productive through out the day

  48. that email advice is useful, but hard to act on. I'm outdoors more than, like most days, 14 hours or so. when I get on my mobile, I've got an hour before I have to move on again. but I'll give it a try. maybe I'll find some things of value I've been missing.

  49. I do SM detox all the time. The first time I noticed how distracting it was was when I turned off my phone. I did it when I started college to save some money but I got so much stuff done. After that I was mindful of the time I spend on SM so if I ever feel overwhelmed I walk away from SM and my phone.

  50. It's been almost a month since I logged onto fb. I'm enjoying it. It sucks a little though when you're with people are on fb and you're the one sitting there waiting for them to get off their phones lol

  51. For anyone who, like me, is just coming to this now? I have an app called Moment that has been really valuable to reducing how much time I spend on my phone and social media in general. I don't know if it's available on Android but get the pro version for iOS. It does require a daily screenshot and access to GPS but it shows you some really useful, visualized information about how you use your phone

  52. This is a fantastic video, especially for people of this generation (me!) It's so nice knowing that I'm not alone in doing this.

  53. This was really inspiring Rachel, thank you! When this video started, I was about to hit "skip" because I'm really not on social media that much. However, you gave some really solid advice on all aspects of technology and minimizing our digital worlds…so thank you!!! Can't wait to start this next phase of my minimalist journey!

  54. I decided about a year ago that every Sunday would ba a complete technology break. I can only use it if my phone rings or I am reading a book on Kindle or Nook, both apps are on my phone. I put an app on my computer that blocks all social media on Sunday. Period. At first I thought it was awesome, which lasted a few weeks. Then the novelty wore off and I was panicked! LOL That lasted about a month. (One time I even stayed up well after midnight to catch up because after midnight it wasn't Sunday anymore. 😎) Now, I don't have nearly the attachment to social media I used to have. It's an amazing feeling. I don't even think if myself as having that big of an attachment. I don't even post every day. But I have seen other people that have real issues, and people out to dinner who don't really speak, their faces are in their phones. Worse, as a yoga teacher I see people's postire and necks and hear about their neck pain and headaches. I 'm lucky to have grown up in the 1960s. My first phone number was zephyr 7533, and was on a party line. There was no FM radio and computers were in big rooms and used punch cards. I know what life was like before, and some of it really sucked! But I wonder if younger people feel like they have to reinvent a wheel when they go offline? I guess that could be good or bad.

    Anyway, great video! Thanks for all you do. I enjoy your channel. ☮

  55. Taking Facebook (not messenger – I use that to contact my family) off my phone and turning off notifications for my other social medias has been an absolute blessing!

  56. Something that worked really well for me was to have a flip phone and a tablet. The reason is you can't use the phone to check social media (at least not easily..) and you can only use the tablet for that if you're around Wi-Fi. So any time you're not near Wi-Fi is an opportunity to get shit done, distraction free!

  57. Ditching Facebook was the best decision I have ever done in my life!!! It's like I did myself a great service to my soul!!

  58. I disconnected permanently from FB, Pinterest, Popclogs, etc. I'll get rid of spark people and a couple of other sites. I don't want to waste time on all that, and I don't miss it.

  59. Cull phone
    – contacts
    – messages
    – inbox zero

    Facebook
    – old photos
    – old friends etc
    – groups
    – following pages

  60. I thought you ditched social media? I think you need to change your title into social media detox, because it is misleading! I deleted my fb and twitter accounts! Thats what I call ditching…..anyway.

  61. ive started writing down phone numbers and emails and i type them in if im going to call someone or text them. yes i have the contact saved in my phone and everything but it honestly feels more personal and mindful to spend the time doing it. its dumb but i like it.

  62. These days the only social media I really use with any regularity is IG. I've still got accounts on FB, Tumbler, and Twitter, and I'll ocasionally post to twitter, usually links to articles, and occasionally log on to FB to look something up, but I mostly use it for the messenger. I've got a couple Tumblr blogs I read, but I usually navigate directly to them instead of reading my feed.

  63. this is my 15th day with you (and, actually, another (I"ve done about 3 sets now!) 66 days needed to establish a new habit). Each week I confirm my idea to become more of a minimalist. It is a slow process for me somehow yet it IS HAPPENING and I'm happy to say your Minimalist-type SHORT (5 min or so!) videos have helped immensely. I guess after 66 plus 66 etc … I'm FINALLY GETTING THE POINT of what my "new lifestyle" is all about. SEE YOU TOMORROW!

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