Disconnect to Connect – A Social Media Detox

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We now live, eat and breath social media.

We are addicted- constantly comparing ourselves and posting only the best aspects of our lives.

Everything we see on platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter is affecting our subconscious, causing us to become slaves to the content we feed ourselves with.

Even though the internet has been a major asset to the world since the 1990s, it is a double-edged sword.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, “One in five UK adults say images on social media have caused them to worry about their body image.”

This is one negative example of what social media can do to a person, but there are plenty more. So, maybe it’s time to take a break.

Here’s what we can do:

Connect with friends

How many times have you been out with your friends only to find yourself scrolling through your phone instead? I know I’m guilty! It’s disrespectful.

With a social detox you can actually talk to each other. Face-to-face interaction has many benefits for your wellbeing and recent studies have shown that going on a social detox can lower feelings of depression and loneliness.

Sleep

We all need some more of this.

The blue light that is emitted by phone screens slows the release of melatonin; a hormone that helps us feel tired. So, if you’re in bed on your phone in a dark room, you’ll find it harder to fall and even stay asleep. Stop sliding into those DM’s, please.

Productivity

Quitting social media for a period of time will make you more productive in the long run and help you with that procrastination problem, we all seem to be a victim of. It might be difficult at first but if you keep doing social detoxes, you will notice that it starts to come naturally. No more all-nighters for you!

A good way to start off is to install an app that will help you limit the time you spend on social media. If you have an iPhone, this is already incorporated into the IOS and it’s called App limits. It’s under settings and screen time.

Now time to get started on that assignment.