Social media doesn’t hold as strong of a hold as thought

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Wednesday I performed an impromptu experiment. I was my own test subject, and I decided I would see what it is like to go one day without all the various social media services I use.

It was an interesting day to say the least, and I feel I learned a lot from it.

First, let me say I didn’t wake up deciding I was going to avoid all social media for a day. It just kind of happened.

I was busy at work, and by noon I realized I hadn’t even logged onto Twitter yet, which is very strange for me because I’m constantly on there.

So I decided it would be interesting if I could go the rest of the day without Twitter, and I added Facebook and my blog in for good measure just to see how strong I really was.

It was tough to resist after I decided not to use any of these social-type services, especially since I can access all of them from my phone.

However, at the end of the day, I went to bed without having gotten onto any of them. It was a proud day.

And like I said, I learned something. It didn’t bother me too much. I love being connected on Twitter and Facebook, and I love blogging; however, I didn’t go into withdrawals like I thought I would.

I don’t know what this little experiment proves except that I can go without my online world if I so choose.

Of course, the real test would be if I could stay offline for an entire day if I so chose. That means not even looking at news websites or anything like that.

I don’t think I could do that. If I tried, I think I would start sweating profusely and probably begin shaking uncontrollably.

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Todd R. Vogts, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Journalism Education Association (JEA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), among others. He earned his Master Journalism Educator (MJE) certification from JEA in 2022. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at or via his website at

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