Getting off social media: am I oversharing to compensate for something else?

4 min readMay 9, 2023
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I have decided to get off social media, and I have spent the last two weeks preparing for it.

First, I went through all my Facebook friends and filtered out the people that I haven’t talked to in years. I then contacted whoever was left and asked them for their phone number and email address.

I have also told everyone that I am trying to step away from WhatsApp as well (also owned by Facebook), and that my preferred apps to stay in touch are Telegram and Signal. I don’t know if everyone will be willing to download an app just to be in touch with me, but it was worth a shot.

Between scrolling through my contacts, reaching out to them, waiting for them to get back to me, and saving their details on my phone, this took me an entire week.

Then I tackled Instagram. On there, I distinguished between people I know in real life, and people I don’t. For the people I know in real life, I followed the same process I did with my Facebook contacts. For everything else, I unfollowed anyone who I thought I wasn’t going to miss, and saved everything else in my Bookmarks on my laptop.

I’ve been purging my Instagram feed regularly so this was not too overwhelming, but it still took me two full days.




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