My 24 Hour Social Media Cleanse / by Erin Baynham

You may or may not know this about me, but I’m a social media addict. Back in 2009, I was using my old slow Blackberry to share what I could to my, like, 12 Twitter followers. That mentality has stuck with me ever since. I always live tweet my favorite shows, and there’s no way I can keep a tasty looking meal to myself. And to be honest, it’s not healthy. My husband has said “stop scrolling” or “get off your phone” more times than I can count. When I look for news, I check my social media feed before I look at a news app. Recently I took a 24 hour social media cleanse. This was 24 hours of logging out of all of my accounts, and avoiding the temptation to log back in. If you’re a social media fanatic like I am, you’ll have to check out ABC’s new show Selfie, airing Tuesday, Sept 30th 8pm/7pm Central. I wish I could take selfies as well as Eliza, but I can't.

I had no idea how difficult this cleanse would be! It’s second nature for me to post a makeup picture or a song that I haven’t heard in awhile. Seriously, I don’t think twice about it. There were so many little things that made me want to jump on Twitter and post an update.

On a positive note, I sat on the couch and watched a show and didn’t have anything nearby to distract me. That’s very new for me. Usually the show is background talking, while I post or blog away. Not this time. I actually saw every facial expression, every bit of B-roll, everything.



I even spent some time trying to organize my makeup room. I went through and collected most of the fragrances and put them in one area. I also tackled my foundations, powders and concealers. As you see, that didn't get finished. Usually I start tweeting about my new purchases and taking pictures, but I fought the urge!

I was writing this post on throw back Thursday, and I realized that I can’t get on Instagram and post until 2pm, when my stint is over. To be honest, I’m not sure that I’ll post at all! It’s kind of nice to live in the moment and see what life is all about. In the week or so since the cleanse, I’ve actually been on social media a lot less. I only aimlessly scroll once or twice a day, If I get on at all. I think I’ll log off a bit more often!

This post was sponsored by ABC through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about ABC Selfie, all opinions are my own."

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