It is now November 13, and I have now been back on social media for 13 days.
As soon as November 1 came around, I had already made up my mind. I wouldn't be getting snapchat back. As a matter of fact, I deleted my account completely. Before October, I would have never considered deleting it. I would have made up an excuse like, "I need it for communicating" or "It helps me stay in touch with people".
About mid-way through Offline October, I was standing in a room with 4 friends who decided not to take the challenge. All four were staring silent at their phones, sending & receiving snapchats. I looked to my left, and one friend had received a picture of a car ceiling. A ceiling. Another received a selfie of half a face. No words, just half a face. That is when I realized that I wasn't missing out. That is when I made the decision that I wouldn't be joining the snapchat community by the time November 1st rolled around.
Offline October taught me that I had been wasting so much time sending and receiving things with such little importance. The snapchats streaks I would be so sure not loose, contained nothing more than dozens of pictures of meaningless moments. I wasted to much time looking at ceilings and half faced selfies. And today, me, a 17 year old high school guy, who used to have thirty-something snapchat streaks, can honestly say I don't miss it at all, and I am grateful for the experience of Offline October for teaching me that.
By Caitlin Hearty
This past month without social media, I have found myself in so many ways. I have realized how much social media controlled my life and dictated my relationships with other people. I feel that I have become more confident with who I am and happier in my relationships with other people throughout the month in the absence of social media. For my AP Capstone project, I am researching the effect of social media on teenagers’ mental health. I did an initial survey at the beginning at October and am now conducting a survey to gauge the correlation between the absence of social media on teens’ mental health. I would really appreciate if you could take a couple of minutes to fill out the Post Offline October survey, whether you made it through the month without social media or not!