Social media is a massive part of everyday life, and that can be helpful because it keeps us connected to others. Unfortunately, social media can become a slippery slope of negativity and quickly lead to depression or anxiety. The key is finding a healthy balance and knowing when enough social media is enough.
The Trouble with Social Media.
One of the biggest problems with social platforms is their tendency to focus on comparisons. Whether overt or not, social media encourages users to compare themselves with others through likes, highlights, and story reels. Social media has a way of getting in your head and making it a home.
Taking a break from social media is good practice. Even celebrities like Selena Gomez and Arianna Grande understand the importance of stepping back from the keyboard once in a while, and both recently announced a social media hiatus.
Stepping back from the screen is immensely beneficial, and temporarily tuning out of social media can help your mental health and wellbeing in many ways.
How Social Media Detox Can Be Good for You:
Stepping back sets boundaries:
For many celebrities, stepping away from social media provides some much-needed privacy and allows them to regain some normalcy in their lives. For us’ regular folk,’ a break from the screen can be just the thing we need to reconnect with our friends, family, and ourselves.
When we are not constantly posting to social media or sharing every detail of our day, we are more inclined to actually live and enjoy the little moments that life has to offer. Taking a break from social media also sets boundaries and tells others that your life is your business.
Taking a break can help you reassess your goals:
Social Media has a way of eating up our attention. Sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., are designed to get you hooked and distract you. Too much attention to social networks can impact your perspective and have you believing that you need things that you do not genuinely need.
Unplugging from Social Media can help you remember your interests to reevaluate your goals without others’ input. Tune back into your desires in life and let go of the tired ideals that are often pushed online.
Detox allows you to get a grasp on real life:
Today, many phones have built-in Screen Time features that show you how long you are spending online and where you are spending it. A brief glance may reveal an excess of time that could be used for more productive things. I know that my log shows enough time to gain a university degree or scale Mount Everest.
Utilize this tool to look at where your time is being spent and consider the reasons. Are you on Facebook because you crave a connection to others? Instagram because you are in love with the latest trends? Remember, these things can be achieved off-screen just as easily as they can online.
Tuning out improves your sleep:
Social Media use can significantly impact the amount and quality of sleep that you get each night. Numerous studies have been done on the way and reasons that social media affects personal sleeping patterns. Many of these studies found that the more significant the use of social networking sites, the more likely the disturbance to sleep. Stress, anxiety, and depression all play an essential role as well, and all of these issues tend to be escalated by social media use.
Tuning out of Twitter or logging out of Instagram can improve the amount of time you are sleeping and its quality.
Disconnecting allows you to reconnect with reality:
While social networking sites can help us stay connected to friends and family who live far away, they tend to take away from those who are right next to us. In fact, many heavy users of social media report feelings of loneliness despite this constant connection.
Focusing your attention on the people that are a part of your real-life can be highly beneficial to your wellbeing. Get outside, have a coffee, go for a walk in the park, or spend some much-needed time with friends and family.
While social media often keeps us up-to-date with the happenings of those we do not see in-person often, it also tends to take away from those who we do see every day. Taking a break from the screen and reconnecting with the people in our real lives can remind us of all our blessings.
Detox From Social Media:
People turn to social media for various reasons, and they cling tight to it for many as well. Thinking about why you use specific sites and what they provide can help you figure out what is lacking in your off-screen life.
Let Go of The Idea That You Will Miss Out:
When you first stop using social media, you can expect to feel withdrawals. According to Computer World, ‘Most of the major social network companies, as well as social content creators, are working hard every day to make their networks so addictive that you can’t resist them.’
Feeling as if you are missing out on something when you are disconnected from social media is a typical concern that many people face, and social media was designed to create this feeling. However, the truth of the internet reminds us it will all be there when you get back. Remember, you are not ‘missing out,’ you are simply postponing.
Focus on The Real World:
Life exists outside of the screen, and all too often, we are too tuned-in to realize we are missing it. Reconnect with the real world and rediscover all it has to offer.
Services and sites like Meet Up allow for a healthy mix of both worlds. Meet people online, then meet up as a group to interact while enjoying a shared interest activity.
Leave The Past Behind:
One of the best features of Facebook is the ability to reminisce through posts and pictures. However, if you find yourself focusing on memories of the past, you may end up unable to progress in the future. Although it can be fun to remember the good times, creating new memories is vital to your mental health and wellbeing.
How To Limit Your Social Media Connection:
Being mindful of your social media usage is essential if you hope to live a happy, fulfilling life. Listed below are tips that can help you disconnect from the online world so you can rediscover reality.
Create Phone-Free Zones: Curb social media use by limiting where it can occur. Designate the bedroom, living room, or another part of your house a ‘phone-free zone,’ and avoid indulging in social media use in these areas.
Pencil It In: Decide to use social media only at specific times of the day. Limiting when and where you indulge in social networking sites can significantly decrease the hold they have over you.
Utilize Airplane Mode: Airplane mode reduces the notifications that show up on your phone screen and can reduce social media use. Turn it on before bed to avoid seeing all the missed notifications first thing in the morning.
Avoid The Urge: It is easy to pick up your phone and start scrolling when there is nothing else to do. Instead, try reading a book or watching a movie. Downtime should be spent relaxing, and social media is not relaxing at all.
Resisting the urge to stay connected via social media sites is often difficult, but the benefits of a break from social networking can be plentiful. Find ways to reconnect in the real-world, off-line, and enjoy making the memories you often like and share on your newsfeeds.