When you wake up, is the first thing you do is check your phone? Do you feel deep heartache when you lose followers on your social media? Are you constantly checking your favorite celebrity’s social feed to see when they get an update? Do you constantly check your phone to see if you have any notifications even though your phone didn’t “ring”, “ding”, or “beep”? Do you check your phone at the dinner table or while out with friends? Do you feel like you need to constantly upload photos and videos to your social media so others can see how much fun you’re having, what you’re eating, or what you’re doing? If you answered yes to 1 or more of these questions, you should consider going on a digital media detox.
Living in a generation where social media relationships trump real life ones can be extremely draining and stressful. The line between healthy social media usage and unhealthy social media usage is very fine and it varies from person to person. Practicing a digital detox every now and again can be very beneficial to you and your mental/emotional health. Putting your phone down or stepping away from your computer for a few hours a day can improve your personal interaction with people, your emotional connections with those you care about, and the overall quality of your life. Don’t get me wrong, social media is a great tool for networking and making connections with people who can help you to advance in life and your career paths but it cannot consume your life.
Detoxing from your social media doesn’t mean that you have to sever all ties and quit cold turkey. It could be setting aside a few hours that you turn off your phone and allow yourself to not be disturbed by the virtual world. During that time, make plans to do something to keep your mind off of your separation anxiety. Take a walk, watch a movie, try a new recipe, hang out with friends, and enjoy life! Trust me; you’ll be much happier when you do.
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