How to put down your phone


Grace Walsh, Staff writer and sports editor

She thrives on the feeling of scrolling through Instagram. Junior Emily Cole had her friends around her and they weren’t helping her feeling of temptation. 

They were laughing and playing on their phones.

She wants to re-download her apps in order to feed into her social media addiction because she is so desperate to see what all of her other friends are looking at. It hurts her right now but she knew it would benefit her in the long run.

Emily took a break from social media for about two months during the summer.

For her, it was very refreshing to be away from all the chaos of social media.

“I felt very open and refreshed because I wasn’t constantly staring at my phone because of social media,” Emily said. 

Social media has taken over some people’s lives to the point where they have to be on it every day.

“I used to get on social media every day until I realized that this wasn’t good for me and that I was so occupied with looking at it,” Emily said. 

Emily also got some of her friends in on the challenge to delete their social media accounts such as Sophomore Caden Christian. 

“I didn’t want to do it at first, but once a lot of my friends were doing it, I thought I’d give it a try,” Caden said. 

Caden only lasted 2 weeks without social media because he felt very out of the loop with things and wasn’t keeping in touch with his friends.

“I felt like I didn’t know what was going on with everything,” Caden said. “I didn’t have any of my friends’ numbers so I wasn’t being able to talk to them.” 

A social media cleanse can be very hard for some people because of how obsessed society is with their phones.

“It was super hard at the beginning because I would get so bored and just automatically wanna get on my phone,” Emily said. “There was really nothing to do on my phone without having social media.” 

Emily felt like it was a good thing to try out and thinks everyone should try it.

“Overall it was a good experience and I would definitely do it again,” Emily said. “I recommend it to anyone who needs a break from all of the stress.”