Bitter Truth: Most of us are social media addicts.
Have you ever left home without your phone or misplaced it? What was the feeling like?
It might be as if the world wants to end, or you were stuck in the dark ages while everyone has moved on.
While it’s not entirely bad to spend much time on social media platforms, the unhealthy competition, and the amount of time spent scrolling mindlessly through Tiktok, Instagram and other social platforms while neglecting our family/friends and other aspects of our lives make it worrisome.
A lot of research has proven that social media adversely affect mental health.
You need to acknowledge that there needs to be a balance or take occasional breaks from the hustle and bustle of social media. According to a survey by Healthline, 53% of their respondents agreed that a reduction in their usage of social media will be beneficial.
Of respondents between 15 and 24 years old, 46% admitted that they needed a break from social media.
Do you agree?
Let us take a look at the benefits of a social media break. Maybe that will help you see the need to go on the much-needed social media hiatus, even if it is just for a few days.
Benefits of Social Media Break/Detox
If you have noticed, social media is built to keep you coming back for more; no wonder the members are called “users” lol…
If you stay out, you may feel like you are missing out on life.
Happiness is Free
Social media keep a lot of people in a negative mental state. Anger, depression, and anxiety are common among social media addicts.
This could be because of the competition, comparison, negative news flying around, and lack of physical interaction.
Staying away from social media can help you improve your mood and be in a better frame of mind.
This is one of the major advantages of social media hiatus. Have you noticed that the unending scrolling of your phone, even against your better judgment affects your daily output?
It sure does. It drains away your time, day in and day out.
In addition to that, social media disrupts your flow when you are working or studying, especially when notifications pop up.
Even without the pop-ups, once you are addicted to social media, it pulls you as a magnet will pull a metal.
By the time you realize yourself, you have spent hours doing nothing of importance on Snapchat, Tiktok, Instagram, or even Facebook.
The result is decreased productivity.
If you can set a specific time for social media, or shun it for several days, you will notice that you’d be able to focus more and achieve more.
There are certain apps and tools that can help you limit the amount of time you spend on social media or track your performance. You should use them for more efficiency.
Most social media users keep comparing themselves to others. Your classmates have all bought their own houses, all your mates have married, and your followers are buying exotic cars.
You begin to wonder why you are not prospering at the same rate as your mates.
Once you detach yourself from the social media circus, you will enjoy inner peace and discover that you are not doing badly for yourself.
Social media hiatus will help you see things clearer and break the cycle of social comparison.
Improve your Relationship
Ever been on a date where you and your partner were on your phones rather than with each other? It can be terrible. I mean, why bother going on a date when you can be with your phone at home.
Social media has caused people their relationships with friends, relatives, and significant others.
Detaching yourself briefly from social media can help you reconnect with who and what matters more. You will become more intentional with conversations and interactions offline.
Sure, you do communicate with the special people in your life via social media, but nothing beats physical/face-to-face communication. You would notice the frown behind the words or the smiles lurking behind the sarcasm.
Focusing on physical communication with your friends and family will nudge you back to the realities of life and remind you that the world is not in black and white.
That mindless scrolling through your Facebook feed and Twitter trends makes you lose track of time.
So, instead of going to bed by 10 pm as you promised yourself or as the doctor ordered, you stay an extra three hours on social media doing nothing productive.
For improved quality and quantity of sleep, always turn off your internet once it is bedtime. Otherwise, the notifications will keep distracting you and from there, you would want to scroll more, watch more, and see more.
Taking an actual break from social media will allow you to sleep better and longer.
Get a Better Grip on Reality
Due to this marriage with social media, lots of people become discontent with who they are and what they have. You live for the glamour and praise of social media.
You want your online life to appear perfect at all times, and when this does not happen, you become upset and worry about how to make it appear perfect to your followers.
Young people do all manner of things to increase engagement to the detriment of their self-worth.
A lot of this pressure we put on ourselves will reduce with regular social media breaks, boosting a better grip on real life.
Social media has lots of benefits; however, you need to have a balance to avoid losing yourself to the online razz-mattaz. Take an occasional break from all your social media accounts.
If you cannot take a total break of a few days or weeks from social media, you can begin with a few hours. From there, you can graduate into days and then weeks. Furthermore, you can use digital tools (applications) to control your use of social media.