Unfollowing, Unsubscribing, and Deleting My Way into 2020

As we roll into 2020, gear up for Mardi Gras and a new decade, I have made the decision to stop checking out via social media. I spent too much time on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as a way to get through 2019. While it’s not a new me, I am hoping to bring an improved version of me into 2020 and beyond.


I realized that I was not as present as I wanted to be when it came to spending time with the kids and the husband. Facebook got a lot of scrolling out of me in 2019, so it was the first app I deleted on my phone. I now check Facebook one to two times a day via my iPad, limiting myself to 5 minutes each time to catch up on notifications, share any articles that I think my friends and family would find interesting and check up on friends in groups. It’s freed up a lot of time for me and I am a teensy bit ashamed at how much time I was spending on Facebook each day, mindlessly scrolling.


On January 1st, I started unsubscribing to all of the promotional emails I receive. I’ve gone from receiving 50-plus promotional emails a day down to 4. The promo emails were draining in that most days, I deleted many of them without opening to see what the promo was for and it was a waste of time and energy for me. I was getting emails from companies that I had only ordered from once years ago. It was time to clean up that inbox. Unsubscribing has taken me a couple of weeks, but it’s worth it to put a little bit of work scrolling to the bottom of those emails and finding the tiny Unsubscribe link.


I also started unfollowing people on Facebook (unfriending) and Instagram. If my Insta story ribbon was any indication, I had followed waaayyyy too many people and companies over the last couple of years. I started out with companies and influencers who seemed to flood my feed, detracting from the real reason of Instagram – my friends’ posts – and kept going. I unfollowed over 300 accounts and muted a few others. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.

Doing all of this at the beginning of the year was truly cleansing for me as I look for more balance in my life. I want to channel my time and energy into more important pursuits – quality time with the family, reading more books, scrolling less and not feeling the need to have my phone in my hand 24/7. I am beginning to feel less anxious and more connected to the people I love dearly.

Have you done any social media housekeeping lately? What did you do to break yourself of the need to constantly scroll?

Amy Craft-Peltier
Amy was born and raised in Lafayette, LA. graduated from UL Lafayette with a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management. Amy works remotely for a healthcare company based out of Lafayette, LA. She and her husband Toby have two children - a rambunctious, loving boy and a sweet baby girl - and one dog. When she isn't working or spending time with her family, Amy enjoys quiet trips to Target, good food and, depending on the time of the day, coffee or wine.


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