It was New Year’s Day of 2016 that I decided to take the 99 Days of Freedom challenge. I remember being disenchanted with how much time I spent on my phone and came across the site when I googled “time out from social media.”
The site describes its movement as an online study on how life without Facebook impacts user happiness. It’s pretty simple: log out of Facebook after posting their link, and it will count down your 99 days whenever you check back. You can also opt in to take several surveys throughout the 99 days about your level of happiness without Facebook, but it’s not required.
So I jumped in, and also chose to do a month without Instagram, as well. When it was over, I had lasted three months without Instagram, and almost six without Facebook.
There was the good and the bad, and I’ll refer to them throughout these first weeks — if not more — which is why I feel it’s necessary to preface all other posts with this.
Because I’m fairly certain there will be many thoughts that begin with, “When I did this last year …”
My past experience significantly shaped the ground rules I’ve established for this longer vacation, which I’ll share in my next post. Meanwhile, if the 99 Days of Freedom challenge intrigues you, I urge you to check it out. You don’t have to go crazy like I did. Keep your Instagram and SnapChat, and just break from the NewsFeed. And if you do, by all means let me know how it turns out!