As daft as this might sound, after a period of time I started to feel like I valued myself more. Yes, there are absolutely things I'd like to change or want to improve, but I started to just be ok with who I am, what makes me me, what makes me unique. I am not cool by internet standards, and I couldn't be an Instagram 'baddie' if I tried, but I'm actually ok with that, because my life is my story and no one elses.
Not to sound dramatic but in some ways I genuinely do believe that I started to feel happier, probably because of all of the points I've already mentioned. What I wasn't quite expecting was that from time to time negative thoughts and feelings would still arise - deleting social media certainly doesn't erase those completely - but where I would normally pushed that feeling aside and distracted myself by having an absent minded scroll, I actually worked through whatever I was feeling, often with positive self talk, and I feel that's a much healthier thing to do than to simply distract myself.
So what now? Well I returned to instagram after 60 days, and I really do enjoy YouTube - both as a consumer and as a creator - but I have deleted many other forms of Social Media. Gone are Facebook, Linked In, Snapchat, Twitter, TikTok and Whatsapp. I might reinstall at some future point, but for now I'm perfectly happy without them. I've found it much easier to communicate well with friends by actually reducing the amount of platforms we DM and message on, most close friends have my phone number, should they want to contact me it's not that hard! I've also turned off notifications for those pplatforms I've returned to and this has kept me productive.
I would highly recommend anyone try completing a social media detox, even if just for a week. It's massively changed the way I use it, and reduced the amount of time I waste on all platforms, meaning that when I do use it I focus on genuine social interaction.