Do you think you could benefit from a social media detox? I’ve seen that lately, people have started to share their opinions about social media, whether they’re good or bad. I have mixed views as there are so many benefits when it comes to how we can use social media and what it can do for us. However, it can also lead to people trying to achieve the perfect lifestyle (even though perfect doesn’t exist) by constantly comparing themselves to others.
Have a social media detox
I strongly feel that everyone can benefit from a social media detox every once in a while and there is absolutely no harm in doing so. Even if you don’t feel that you really need it. You can do this gradually, by monitoring the time you spend online and by making a few minor changes.
What I started to do is put my phone onto night mode for an hour a night. Now I used this time to read or watch tv in peace without constantly reaching for my phone. I now have my phone on night mode pretty much all day. As long as calls and texts still come through that’s all that really matters. By doing this I honestly feel a lot less stressed. When I’m checking my phone every two seconds when a notification appears, most of the time it is a completely irrelevant notification that has no importance to me whatsoever and me stopping what I was doing to pick up my phone and check it has just completely wasted my time. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to this?
By putting my phone on night mode I’m literally switching off the distractions and stopping myself from wasting my own time.
My phone seems to be flashing with constant notifications, whether it’s Instagram, Twitter, emails, it just never stops sometimes. I pick up my phone for one thing and end up looking at funny cat videos or dance choreographies wishing I could dance like that and before I know it 3 hours have gone by.
Think about what I could have done in that time. Spring cleaned the house, written a couple of blog posts, exercised, taken a nap, (I never regret a nap) the list is endless. Although we both know that I would have ended up spending that time eating or dancing very badly in my living room whilst passers-by looked through the window in utter confusion. I really should learn to close the curtains when I do weird things…
Social media is making people less social
The point is that social media can be a real distraction from the things that matter. It bothers me when I go out for a meal and I see a group of young adults sitting around the table, all with their phones in their hands and their heads buried into them. I just want to go over and say ‘talk to each other!’ It makes me wonder why they bother meeting up if they’re going to ignore each other the whole time and socialise with other people through their phone/whatever else they’re doing on it. My friends and I have always naturally left our phones in our bag when we meet up and only check them for messages if someone pops elsewhere for a moment.
If you find yourself constantly checking your phone when you’re in the company others, look up for a moment and take in what’s going on around you. Are your friends/family on their phone as much as you? Why do you feel the need to check your phone so often when you have people right next to you to talk to. If you find you’re unable to answer, and you’re just reaching for your phone out of habit then you would really benefit from a social media detox! Leave your phone in your bag, stop checking it every 2 minutes and enjoy the company you’re in.
This post by Bestie Talks is spot on for describing how social media can affect your mental health. Every word rings true and I wish everyone could read it to open their eyes to the effect social media really can have on us.