It wouldn’t be entirely incorrect to say that social media has taken over our lives. Be it the boardroom debates or bedroom discussions, people unknowingly tend to introduce social media to every part of their life, which becomes unavoidable after a certain point of time. And talk about the stress of keeping up with the glamorous lifestyle of others portrayed in social media, which is far away from the real truth most of the time.
According to a survey, an average person spends a minimum of 1 hour 50 minutes per day browsing internet and scrolling through apps. The wastage of time is just one of the many side effects of addiction to social media. It twists your version of reality and lends a superficial perspective of things that stop you from gaining a deeper insight into important aspects of life.
Of course, we cannot ignore the multiple benefits of social media that make our lives cool and convenient. But one also cannot simply overlook the stress and pressure it brings on a daily basis, which can be quite overwhelming at times. Therefore, social media hiatus every once in a while is a must.
Here are a few mental health benefits of the temporary social media detox.
Reconnect With the Real World
You may have hundreds of friends on Facebook and thousands of followers on Instagram. And you might connect well with them online. But have you ever tried to connect with those people in person? The social media restrict in-person human contact and sometimes leaves us feeling lonely and isolated. Taking a break from it lets you reconnect with the people who matter to you and are an important part of your life.
Save Time to Try Out New Things
Admit it or not, we are all guilty of wasting time on social media. Think of all the hours you’ll save yourself from social media cleanse? It can be utilized in doing something creative and productive like reading, writing, trying adventure activities or pursuing hobbies that improves your life. Taking a break from social media is the best way to spend time doing what you love to do.
Your Privacy is Intact
Posting pictures on the social media of every event or check-in to every holiday destination is not necessary? But people still do it willingly without even analyzing its repercussions. Social media might be a convenient way to stay in touch with your people but at the cost of access to your personal information. That keeps your privacy at a risk. Taking a social media detox involves deleting the unnecessary apps and accounts that help provide with the best possible privacy protection.
No More FOMO
Social media is addictive. It keeps you updated on what your friends are up to, the new things they are buying or the new activities they are trying. That ultimately becomes your obsession. You want to know about everything they are doing in their life, which gives birth to the fear of missing out (FOMO) on certain things that they are doing or the places they are going but you cannot somehow. Maintaining a distance from social media for some time keeps FOMO at a bay. It helps you maintain a happy and balanced real life.
By witnessing the achievements of their friends and loved ones on social media, people end up comparing themselves to everyone they know. That has a severe impact on their self-esteem. The use of social media also gives birth to the feeling of unhealthy competitiveness that can cause anxiety and depression. On breaking up, people stalk their exes on social media. That keeps them stuck in their past and makes it really difficult to recover from a breakup. Leaving social media for a while gives you space to relax and move on with your life.
Less Social Media Means More Sleep
Talk about all the sleep you lose while stalking your crush’s pictures on Instagram that takes you to a random video, which ultimately leads to binge-watching Netflix before you even notice. Forget about the beauty sleep, you don’t even get the necessary 6-hour snooze, which leaves you tired and cranky the entire next day. Avoiding late night internet surfing will let you have a sound sleep at night. It will have an amazing effect on your mental as well as physical health.
You Live In the Moment
The rat race of posting each activity or life event on Facebook can be a bit too much at times. There are even people who updated their relationship status immediately after getting married or posted live videos of their wedding day. It looks like these days everything people do is to showcase on social media. That can be a mental burden at times and take you out of the moment. Cutting cords with social media for some time helps you live in the moment to the fullest. Without the unnecessary burden of taking a few pictures and showing it to your followers online.
Take a break from social media to actually live life and create memories with your favorite people!