I grew up in New York City and graduated from Ithaca College with a B.A. in Theatre Studies. My theatrical background has played a huge part in creating a shared experience for everyone who enters TTYL. I recently left my day job to pursue TTYL full-time. Traveling, sunshine, and peanut butter are some of the things I love.
Having just graduated college, I began to notice how much time I had on my hands to check my phone. No longer in class, I didn't feel guilty about opening my Instagram account all day every day. At work, it became a way to take a break from the task at hand and I even found myself constantly checking it while on vacation with my family. I was frustrated that I had developed such a strong attachment to technology in only a few years and began to miss the time when I didn’t rely on it for everything.
I was born in 1995, and I vividly remember a time where Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook didn't exist. Growing up, I wasn't even allowed to watch TV during the week and my parents never bought me any type of video game device. (To this day, I don't know how to use an Xbox). Since I didn't have technology to pass the time, I learned from an early age what it meant to use your imagination as a resource. I would color for hours, build LEGO castles, and sing on my karaoke machine while wearing a tutu.
In 2017, I went on a five-day social media detox. I quickly noticed an increase in my productivity, a strong will to learn, and a newfound appreciation for my childhood when this technology didn't exist. The best part was, I didn't miss social media at all; in fact, I felt more connected to myself than I had in a long time.
I'm inviting you to join me on your own social media detox. Play board games, color, or have a snack and just relax. Bring friends or meet new ones. You don't have to stay long; even half an hour can be enough to recharge your brain. Hey, maybe you'll even start incorporating this idea into your daily lives.