We are now living in the digital age, where technology has become prevalent and sharing becomes an important part of life. No one eats a delicious meal, meets a friend, goes on vacation, or buys a new item without sharing it on their social media.
Most of us are slowly becoming addicted to social media and spend so much time browsing them throughout the day. In fact, the average internet user spends for about 2 hours and 22 minutes a day using social media platforms.
If you feel just fine about your social media habits, then there’s no problem with that. However, if your obsession with social networking sites hampers you from living your best life, then you must consider taking a social media break. That being said, below are the benefits you will get when you take a break from social media:
Reasons Why Taking a Social Media Break is Essential
It helps you to get away from social comparison cycle and fear of missing out.
Social media is where most people share the “good stuff”, which is not a bad thing. Of course, if something good happens, you would want to let the world know it. However, since it has been mostly just the good stuff, which is not the actual depiction of what happens behind the scene, some people tend to compare themselves to everyone else’s lives. This then eventually impacts their self-esteem.
For instance, if everyone you see in your social feed gets a new car, and you don’t, you may end up feeling insecure, lacking, or depressed. This also causes you to feel like you do not belong and you are missing things out which eventually leads you to isolating yourself. So to get away from feeling such things, you must avoid scrolling through your social media accounts.
It helps reduce feelings of anxiety.
Research found out that the use of social media and technology is associated with things like high anxiety, depression, and low quality of life; though this does not imply that social media usage causes such bad things.
Despite that, Jacob Barkley, a psychology professor, advises that taking a break from social media as this would help reduce your anxiety. For example, it relieves some people from feeling obliged to communicate because sometimes, responding to messages, e-mails, or notifications can be stressful.
It helps you get reconnected to the real world.
Yes. You may find yourself always in chatting with your family and friends online; however, do you really connect with them? Introverts may love this, but still, they need some actual interaction to the real world and real human beings.
If you are not really comfortable interacting with people, still you can improve your mood by going out in public. Go to a mall, eat at your favorite restaurant, or find a cafe where you can read a book if you prefer being alone. The point is that, you have to leave your phone and reconnect with the real world.
It helps you to gain a lot of free time and increase productivity.
Imagine the possibilities you get without social media. You gain more than two hours which you can spend doing more significant things that will improve your life. Take for example, if you devote your 20-30 minutes working out each day, this will not only benefit your physical body but your mental health as well. Isn’t that much better than just scrolling through your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram feeds?
It helps you to start living in the moment.
Are you the type of person who posts everything on social media while it’s happening real time? This is a great way to document your life, but this takes you out of the actual moment and that is not what you want. Remember that precious moments are not captured on camera and shared with a lot of people, rather they are captured by the heart and shared with those who matter.
It is completely understandable why taking a social media break is challenging for those who spend a lot of time on such platforms. But still, it is best to try it as it will give you the benefits mentioned above.If you think it would be too difficult, then start small like limiting the time you spend on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and the like.
And for you who already tried taking a break from social media, you can share your thoughts below and the benefits you gain from it!