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Saturday, September 27, 2014

ABC Selfie - 24-hour Social Media Cleanse Challenge

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.



Hey everyone! Today I've got a bit of a random post here, but it's not completely unrelated to fashion and blogging. A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I would like to take this challenge and post it on my blog, and I thought it would be an interesting fun idea to take this personality quiz relating to the new show on ABC called Selfie, which airs Tuesday September 30 at 8pm/7pm Central! The show is about a social-media obsessed girl named Eliza who is ready to give up this obsession and start living her real life, rather than the one on her phone. You can watch the pilot here, and I definitely recommend this show, I watched the pilot and am already in love with the show. I think we can all relate to it and the main character Eliza, and it's a pretty funny and all-around cute show! Anyways, after I took this quiz, my results came out to being that I'm an "Eliza", and am completely addicted to social media. I was challenged to a 24-hour social media cleanse, and I'm here today to share my results! Here were the rules of the challenge:

  • Challenge yourself to go 24 hours on September 16 without your mobile phone and without posting to your social accounts.  
  • Keep your phone with you in case of an emergency, but try keeping it turned off.
  • Take mental pictures of the beautiful sunset, your delicious dinner, or your adorable child. Those memories might stick with you forever.
It seemed like it would be an extremely difficult thing, seeing as though I'm a blogger and social media is heavily included in my daily routine. When I'm on the go, I'm either checking emails, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram all through my phone. I took this challenge last Tuesday, and I was working most of that day so I figured I'd give it my best shot.

I kept my phone on, just in-case someone called me or if I needed to call someone. I will admit I did turn on my iTunes radio while I worked, but I actually didn't check my social media! When I got home, however, I did check it all from my desktop computer. But I tried to keep that to a minimum as well, so I limited myself 15 minutes only, and it worked! I successfully went pretty much a full day without social media, and it felt amazing. When I got home from work, I decided to go outside for a run, catch up on my reading, and just spend time with my family and pets. Nothing special, but it was nice not constantly checking my phone every 5 seconds. 

I cannot wait for the show to air next week, and I also can't wait to start trying to get my social-media obsession in order, like Eliza on the show. I'm not going to ban social-media from my life completely of course, but I am going to start trying to challenge once or twice a month, just so I can have that one day to stop and enjoy life without a screen in front of my face. Sunday sounds like a perfect day for that...what do you all think? I challenge you all to go 24 hours without social media also! If you'd like to try it, please do and comment how it worked for you, because I'd love to hear everyone's experience with this awesome challenge! Also, make sure you watch ABC's Selfie on September 30th, I promise you all will love it just as much as I do! 
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