First time posting on here, but have lurked on the sub reddit for quite some time.
Just a quick background: I am 25 years old and have been with my girlfriend for almost 6 years. For the past 6 months I had been studying extensively for an exam that is only offered once a year, so you can imagine how much it must suck to not pass. A close friend recommended r/nosurf as well as reading Cal Newport’s book “Deep Work”, at which point I decided to delete all social media on my phone so I can optimize studying. Fast forward 6 months to now, two weeks post exam, and I don’t have the slightest urge to re-engage in any of it.
Reflecting on it now, I realize the most important discovery of removing social media from my life wasn’t just increased focus while studying, but the impact it’s had on my relationship with not only my girlfriend, but friends in general.
On instagram I would endlessly scroll through fitness models and attractive women from college/high school. I felt I spent more time looking at things I thought I wanted/needed, instead of appreciating everything I already have. Now I can spend my time with my girl friend and just be in the moment with her, realizing she is everything and more than I could have ever hoped for.
I feel like I am starting to ramble, but If anyone has any questions or needed a little boost I hope this helps.