17
Apr 2014
Josie Bungert

Stepping away from the grid, without going off

Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, heck, maybe even MySpace. These are the places we devote our time and energy to, day after day.

Lately, I have had little to no desire to go to my most frequently visited social media sites. I want to go off the grid. Why? Post grad plans, celebratory dinners, final goodbyes, engagements, marriages, babies, new cars, new apartments/houses/town homes, last minute celebratory vacations, countdowns to finals and graduation, sad videos about the aforementioned, all displayed in a constant stream on my feed. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for being sentimental, and am guilty of posting some of these, but all of these things are making finishing out senior year strong, successful, and stress free virtually impossible. I am overwhelmed by all of this social media, to say the least.

As I said before, sometimes you need a mental break from all of that. That’s why I am exploring going off the grid.

As someone who has pretty much every social media platform out there (and in app form on my phone), I know this will be a challenge. In fact, since I am in a social media class right now, I kind of have to be on them from time to time. So, my grand plan is not to eliminate these components of my life completely, but to spend these next few weeks the way almost grads should: tying up loose ends for graduation & spending every free second with my college friends. I refuse to sit at my last few dinners & drinks of undergrad with my friends with my head in my phone, looking at what everyone else is doing with their lives. I need a mental break, and I’ve found that going on a break from my intense use of social media is the way to do it.

Sure, I’ll go on social media (I may or may not have Twitter open in another tab as we speak), but not for what I normally do: time wasting, creeping, liking, sharing, posting, scrolling, scrolling more, CONSTANTLY scrolling until I get to the very beginning of everyone of my friend’s days as recounted on social media and have effectively wasted hours of my own time. I’ll go on it if I get a notification, if I have one quick thing to post. But I have no wish to spend my last waking moments as an undergrad glued to it. I know that if I do, I will miss out on crucial moments, that happen inĀ real life. I will be creating my own way of going “off the grid,” and I hope you all will as well.

If my post doesn’t convince you, maybe this video will:

 

Have you successfully gone off the grid, or have tips for how to do so? Tweet at me, @jlbungert