If Social Media Didn’t Exist, What Would You Do Differently?

Teronie Donaldson
2 min readAug 10, 2022


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“Comparison is the thief of joy.”

I always loved that Brene Brown quote.

Sometimes we get in the habit of comparing our lives to someone else’s highlight reel — resulting in feelings of inadequacy.

In the years to come, I believe there will be retreats where you pay a premium to leave your phone so you can enjoy a brief moment without technology. (Leaving your phone at the front desk when you check in and collecting it back when you leave.)

The phones are a significant part of our lives — acting as another appendage. Unless, of course, you live off the grid.

According to internet trends, The average person checked their phones 262 times per day in 2021; imagine now. So the phone is always on our person. I am not expecting that to change, but it has gone a bit too far.

However, phones are one component, but social media is another.

The benefits of social media are plenty, especially if used productively, but we are humans and are known to exploit technology.

So the downsides are:

Depression and Anxiety.



FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).

Unrealistic Expectations.

Negative Body Image.

Unhealthy Sleep Patterns.

General Addiction.

Again social media is not the cause of all our problems; however, it leads to many distractions that may lead to some problems.

Don’t get me wrong, I would rather have the phone for its convenience, but I wonder what I would be doing differently now without it.

It’s funny when I tell my children how lucky they are with technology, as we didn’t have phones as kids — they look at me like I am a dinosaur lol.

Here is an interesting animated short video on the subject;

What are your thoughts?



Teronie Donaldson

Student of life. I write about books, productivity, reading, and applying what I learned. I hope it helps. *Check me out *https://linktr.ee/Teronie