I’d given myself a deadline. I wanted to remove all social apps before I left for vacation with my husband. I wanted the kind of vacation I had had as a child: carefree, screen free and without wondering if my holiday photos would be “liked.” I didn’t realize deleting all the social media apps from my phone would make me so anxious. I thought I’d feel relieved. Instead, I found myself joining in a last-minute twitter chat.
My thumbs were still keying tweets with only a few people in front of me at the boarding gate. It was now or never. I closed Twitter. Held my finger on the app icon, it wiggled, and I pressed the “x”. I had deleted Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest the previous night. It was holiday time!
Here are a few things I’ve learned from becoming a digital minimalist: