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  • Writer's picturebruce yu

Quit Social Media For A Week

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

After spending an average of 6 hours on my phone everyday during the Spring Festival, and spending so much time on the new game Cyberpunk 2077, I finally decided to do something about my electronics usage: quit all electronics for a week!


Quit electronics seems impossible nowadays, especially when I told the people around me, they wondered how they can reach me if I don't use social media anymore. Hence, I decided to quit the majority of the apps for a week:

  • social media (such as Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp)

  • short video apps (such as Tiktok)

  • video platforms (such as YouTube, Bilibili)

  • all games

People can only reach me by phone calls. The following are what I felt and did during the 7 days:


Day 1

Today is the first day of this experiment, I am really looking forward to see how I would react to a life without my phone.

Things I have done:

  1. Tennis training

  2. Signed up for tennis competitions

  3. Started to take lessons from MIT 6.0001 to learn about Python. Entering a new field with zero previous experience

  4. Revised and did my calculus studies

  5. Started reading Love in the Time of Cholera, read 100 pages

How I felt today: Good.

Excellent state of mind to study and train for tennis. As today is the first day that I stopped spending meaningless time on time-consuming apps, I felt that I am not used to having so much time and sometimes just pick up the phone without being aware of it.

Total phone usage: 1 hr 13 min


Day 2

Things I have done:

  1. Tennis training

  2. Read 50 pages of Love in the Time of Cholera

  3. Finish second lesson of MIT 6.0001

  4. Study Calculus

How I felt today: Good

Having more energy to enrich my knowledge and enjoy my life. However, the feeling of wanting to check my social media starts to grow. I can see clearly that this is a choice between a fulfilled life or having fun browsing videos and pictures online.

Total phone usage: 1 hr 30 min


Day 3

Things I have done:

  1. Scuba Diving

  2. Read 150 pages of Love in the Time of Cholera

  3. Revise 2 MIT lessons learned day 1 and day 2

How I felt today: Great

Today is a day off. I am fully relaxed and amazed by the underwater world!

Total phone usage: 20 min


Day 4

Things I have done:

  1. Edit the scuba diving video

  2. Read 50 pages of Love in the Time of Cholera

  3. Revise term 1 test

  4. Gym 1 hr

  5. Run 6 km

How I felt today: Great

Total phone usage: 1 hr 20 min


Day 5

Things I have done:

  1. Revise physics, business

  2. Gym 1 hr

  3. Run 5 km

  4. Join my scholarship ceremony

  5. Apply for student council

How I felt today: Good

Total phone usage : 1 hr


Day 6

Things I have done:

  1. Gym 45 min

  2. MIT Python 3rd lesson

  3. Finished IB Math HL

How I felt today: Great

A Productive day! I finished IB Math HL by teaching myself today!

Total phone usage: 1 hr 20 min

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