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Minimalism Ruins Social Media

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We are finally continuing in our Minimalism Ruins Series with how minimalism ruins social media. This is something I have wanted to write about for a long time, because I feel that so many believe their value is based on what others share on social media. [I have fallen prey to this myself.]

You do not necessarily have to become a minimalist to become aware of the dangers of social media, but the enlightenment it adds to it helps in many ways. Having minimalism ruin social media is actually a great thing! It helps you see clearly and identify the flaws behind a culture that is determined to put your value in the amount of followers you accumulate, how pretty your Instagram feed is, or how trendy you are. It is very dangerous to fall into this trap, so I am going to share with you how minimalism helps me avoid it.

You do not necessarily have to become a minimalist to become aware of the dangers of social media, but the enlightenment it adds to it helps in many ways. Having minimalism ruin social media is actually a great thing!

Minimalism Ruins Social Media

The first thing we need to do is open ourselves up to the idea of allowing minimalism to ruin social media. We need to evaluate where we stand with our social media accounts, determine if we enjoy them, and what needs to change. Once you have done this, then you will know exactly what to do with the following information.

The 1st Effects Minimalism has towards Social Media

  1. The promotion of consumerism is more visible // The first thing that I noticed more was how many consumerist based posts flooded my news feeds. There are several avenues of which these come from, including ads, sponsored posts, friends sharing good deals, etc. No matter which social media platform I am on consumerism is there.
  2. The number of people you follow seems rather high. // One major reason people are minimalists is to live a life of intention. You begin to ask if the people you follow are followed by intention or obligation or what was the reason for the follow. Then you start looking through who you follow and you begin to wonder why you are following so many people, pages, groups, etc. It can be rather overwhelming once you realize all of these people are influencing you journey by intention or not.
  3. The people I follow are not inspiring me. // Over time, your inspiration may change. For most people who enter into a minimalism journey, this can be a big change. Suddenly, people who inspired you before no longer do. Realizing this change and making a plan to incorporate this change is perfectly okay.
  4. The amount of time it takes consumes. // It is so easy to keep scrolling and scrolling on any social media platform. It can consume 20 minutes before you know it. If this happens several times throughout the day it seems like the entire day was lost and you have no idea where it went.

Noticing all of this can be a bit overwhelming. You may want to stop using social media for a time just to get away from all of the things never noticed before becoming a minimalist. Besides a taking break, there are a few things you can do to reduce this feeling of overwhelm. These are all things I have done to help me enjoy social media in a more intentional way.

How to reduce the overwhelm

  1. Declutter companies and brands you follow // The first place to start in reducing your overwhelm is definitely by decluttering which companies and brands you follow. Most companies consistently push coupons or promotions to make you feel like you need to purchase something because it is “on sale”. I guarantee you that 99 out of 100 times you do not need whatever is being promoted, but you feel the urge because it is there in front of you and you do not want to miss out on a sale. Decluttering the companies that consistently push sales or promotions will give you a big sigh of relief. The constant push of needing to purchase this or that will diminish greatly, and your pocket book will thank you!
  2. Declutter your “friends” // A few years ago, I had an abundance of “friends”. When I realized that I did not really know these people, the abundance of these “friends” overwhelmed me. Decluttering people I did not really know was easy. It took some time, but I was able to reduce my 2,000 Facebook “friends” significantly. I currently only have about 460 friends that are all friends and family that I enjoy connecting with on a regular basis. Besides barely knowing someone, I did declutter people that only complain or post inappropriate things all the time. My goal is to have a friends list that is encouraging, fun, and personal.
  3. Unfollow people, pages, groups who do not align with your values // Of course, not everyone you follow align with your values. However, if you are bothered by their message or the things they share each time they post, then maybe it is time to unfollow. If you cannot remember the last time someone inspired you or made you feel something positive, it is time to unfollow them.
  4. Follow people who inspire you // Another problem you may be having is that you are not following enough people that inspire you. I know this sounds counter productive, but hear me out please! When you start your minimalism journey, you are more than likely not being influenced by many minimalists on your social media platforms. Take some time and find some people who you think will inspire you on your journey. If you see inspiring and motivational posts more often on your social media platforms, odds are you will enjoy the platform more.
  5. Schedule your time for social media // Take control of the time you spend on social media. Give yourself specific times that you check social media. You may be surprised to see how much time you gain back in your day.
  6. Take a break // If you still feel overwhelmed with social media after taking action to reduce it, a break may be needed. Taking a break allows you to refresh and reset your mindset. You may decide that you do not need to be on the social media platform at all or you want to declutter who you follow even more. Taking a step back allows you to gain a fresh perspective to determine exactly what you need.
  7. Deactivate an account // If you are decluttering who you follow and keep wondering what the point is in the social media platform, you may not need to be on it at all. Most platforms give you 30 days to reactivate your account before it completely disappears, but double check me on that. Twitter is a platform I do not understand and have no desire to keep trying, so I deactivated it. So far, I have no regrets and no plans to reactivate it!

Minimalism ruins social media in a way that inspires you to live more in the present. Realizing that 10 years ago we did not have smartphones and all of these social media platforms is crazy! Why did our society change to think that we had to be on every platform and/or follow all of these people for whatever reason?

We care more about what others think and let our mental health suffer because of it. But why??? It is okay to put yourself first, especially when it comes to something that is a luxury in life. So I challenge you to take control of who you allow to influence you and which platforms you are using.

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Cara
    January 8, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Love this post Erin! It honestly makes me sad that people are so consumed with social media nowadays. If it wasn’t for it being part of my job with blogging, I probably wouldn’t even have them because I think it brings a lot of unnecessary stress and can quickly turn into such a time/joy thief. Setting schedules always helps though!

    • Reply
      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      January 14, 2018 at 9:12 am

      I agree with you, Cara! I’ve decided to put my focus more into my blog, and use social media as a visually creative exercise. So far, it is helping remove the stress and anxiety that bloggers can get consumed with at times.

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    Megan
    January 11, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Decluttering my Facebook friends is one of the best things I ever did on social media. Really great post!

    • Reply
      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      January 14, 2018 at 9:12 am

      That is great, Megan, and I definitely agree with you! Glad you enjoyed the post! 🙂

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    Lauren
    January 12, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Love this post! I did this back in November. I deleted Instagram and allow myself to reinstall it on Fridays to check family and friends feeds, then delete is again when I checked. I had over 4,000 friends on Facebook and delete all of them except 100. If they weren’t close family, or friends I haven’t seen or talked to in the last 3 years I deleted them. I honestly don’t even care about checking on high school or college friends on my feed anymore. It feels like my phone rules my life a lot less

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      January 14, 2018 at 9:16 am

      Lauren, your comment inspired me to declutter my Facebook friends a bit more! I was able to declutter 100 more people that I no longer connect with that would not miss me. So thank you for the inspiration! 🙂 I also like the idea of uninstalling except for once a week to check up on everything. It definitely gives you freedom from your phone, and a better peace of mind.

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    Karen
    January 13, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    Right on Erin! When did we begin the popularity competition with friends following and opinions that no one cares about? I schedule my device time and leave lots of free space for mental health reasons.
    Love your comments and the down to earth copy.

    • Reply
      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      January 14, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Thank you so much, Karen! That is great to hear! I think the new competition (not that we need any) should be how connected we are with the people we follow or are friends with on social media. Instead of having all of these acquaintances we compete with for nothing, we should put more focus into nurturing relationships that mean something to us.

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    Borislav
    January 22, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Thanks for the wonderful post. Erin. I did a declutter of my facebook friends some time ago and managed to reduce the feed to people that usually inspire me. And although I use control of the “scrolling” from time to time I found that leaving aside the device and social media engagement is really beneficial to the state of mind.

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      January 31, 2018 at 8:49 am

      I am glad you enjoyed it, Borislav! Leaving technology behind can be so powerful. You never realize how much you are on your phone, wasting time, until you make it a priority to leave it inside while you go for a walk or work in the garden.

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    Paul RYKEN
    May 12, 2018 at 4:15 am

    As a practising minimalist, social media is a double edged sword for me. I review the value it offers on a personal level on a fairly regular basis, but as a set of communication mechanism for our business, the social media platforms I use are critical to getting my message out.

    I don’t really want to the scrolling through tweets and posts, but that is where I get a lot of inspiration to help others.

    I think you addressed it well in your article. Do what you need to do to give you value.

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      May 12, 2018 at 10:11 am

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Paul! It can be difficult when social media has a purpose for you and your business. However, it is important to remain mindful of why you are using it and now allowing it to consume more time and energy than you can give.

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