Social media hasn’t been around for that long, yet it seems like living without it would be nearly impossible. We’ve evolved as a society alongside social media to the point where it seems like it’s what we live for. Social media is where business, entertainment, and communication meet to form a seemingly perfect picture of the lives of the people it represents.
Admittedly, I spent more time on social media than I would like to. What began as a mean of keeping up with my friends and their lives, ended in hours of scrolling through strangers perfectly crafted lives. Looking back, it’s hard to pinpoint where it went downhill.
Social media isn’t all that bad. Gathering likes and comments, showcasing my daily adventures and chatting with friends all proved to be validating reasons to stay on the platform. Plus, we subconsciously know the lives depicted on social media are shaped to perfection to reflect a certain lifestyle or aesthetic. But does that stop us from second guessing our own lives? Unfortunately not!
I know, a social media detox sounds so cliche. But whether it’s short-term, long-term, dialing back on your scrolling time, or dumping your social channels once and for all- we could all benefit from a little break. So when do you know it’s time to bid farewell to influencers and advertisements?
It’s doing more harm than good
You may feel balanced and secure on social media- which is amazing! Keep doing you, boo. But you also may feel exhausted, a bit judgemental of others, judgemental of yourself, overwhelmed, or insecure. Evaluate your feelings and take action accordingly. Think about it this way- you wouldn’t keep a toxic friend in your life every day, so why wouldn’t you do the same for a social media platform?
Social media is interrupting your passion
You’re looking at hundreds of peoples lives every day. Do you find it interrupting your own goals and perception of your life? A social media detox may help you disconnect with other people's lives and reconnect with your own. Stop living vicariously through social media and start taking steps in your own life to achieve your goals. We are all on a different timeline, so it’s important to understand where you stand and how you can take control to make your dreams happen.
Posting becomes more important than living
Do you find yourself doing things just for that perfect ‘Instagram’ moment? Or being unable to go through experiences without recording them? While stocking up on memories is all well and good, you wouldn’t want to view your adventures through your phone screen when you could be living it face to face. Recently, I started purchasing disposable cameras at my local CVS or Walgreens. I bring them on outings, snap a few pictures here and there and when I develop the film, I have tangible, untouched moments that feel so much more real than what is crafted on social media. No editing, no sorting through 50 similar pictures to find the ‘perfect’ one- just raw beauty!
Your self care has been put on the backburner
Is the excess time you are spending on social media interrupting your self care needs? It might be time to put down the phone and put yourself first. Instead of making your much-needed down time about your phone, make it about yourself! Cook yourself a wholesome meal, rest, meditate, do yoga, throw on a face mask, the possibilities are endless!
Remember, there’s no ‘right’ way to do a social media detox. Focus on your happiness, wellbeing, and goals and sort out a detox plan accordingly. Good luck and let us know about your journey below.