When I was in Times Square a few days ago, I saw a bright billboard for the new ABC show Selfie. The tagline “enjoy living in the moment” was splashed across the front of the sign and encouraged all viewers below to a social cleanse challenge. Surrounded by a myriad of colorful screens, I considered the irony of the situation, but as I’m not one to turn down a challenge, I was ready to put away all my beloved tech devices for a full 48 hours (because realistically, 48 hours is a lifetime in terms of no-internet time).
The rules for my “Selfie”cleanse were simple: no Instagram or Twitter, no random game playing, and no shopping apps (basically, none of the guilty pleasures). As soon as the day got started, I was surprised that the first thing I reached for was my phone to check Instagram. Throughout my commute, I wanted to scroll through Twitter, and by the end of the first day, I was itching to just indulge in a few moments of social media.
I’m happy to report that I completed the challenge successfully and not only survived, but thrived in the “Selfie” cleanse. I used my new-found free time to rediscover the classics and savor the experience of reading and carrying a physical book (because an e-book just doesn’t cut it). From Nabokov’s “Lolita” to Joyce’s “Portrait of an Artist,” I immersed myself in fantastical stories, witty insights, and positive learning. So, as simple as it may sound, I chose to forgo the constant iPhone updates for a relaxing day of reading popular classics.
If you had thirty minutes extra each day, what would you spend it on? I challenge you to undergo a social media cleanse and focus (even for a little bit) on hobbies that don’t involve hashtags.
Selfie premiers on ABC network on Tuesday, September 30th at 8/7 pm Central Time.
Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.
Disclosure: 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.