You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been pretty quiet across the socials of late, and honestly, it’s been so nice to have a little break!
I love a good scroll through the social feeds as much as the next person, but running social media accounts for business – particularly when those accounts are content based – can feel like a full time job sometimes. Quality content takes time to write, and creating a good stash of engaging photos that people actually want to stop and look at is another task altogether.
Don’t get me wrong – I love social media. The ability to get creative and influence such a huge audience from your fingertips is pretty special; but, it can also start to impact your life in less than positive ways if you’re spending a huge portion of your day in the online world rather than the real one.
Did you know that the average person spends around 1 hour and 40 minutes on social media every single day? That’s an insane number right?! And it’s only getting bigger.
For me, most of my time in this space is work related and the break was simply about using my time more wisely for a few weeks, and to gain a little extra time to just switch off. For you, the reasons for a social media detox may be totally different. Regardless of your situation though, we could all use a bit of a screen break from time to time.
Let’s check out a few pretty good reasons to consider a little less time online:
YOU’LL LEARN TO GET BACK IN THE MOMENT
When something beautiful, or funny, or exciting is happening in your life, do you find yourself instantly reaching for your phone so you can get a quick snap or add it to your story? We’ve all been there.
Social media is a convenient, viable way to document your life; but, it can also become quite a burden and really unhealthy if it’s constantly taking you out of the moment. Human interactions and experiences are so much more memorable and meaningful when you’re present in the moment – physically and mentally. Photos are great, but when you live your whole life through a lens or a screen, you lose some of the beauty of real and very precious moments.
GAIN MORE PLAY TIME
As mentioned above, the average person spends over 1.5 hours on social media every single day – that’s over 10 hours a week!
Imagine if everyone took even half of that time to simply get outside and go for a walk. Time – or lack of – is one of the biggest excuses I hear from clients when it comes to daily activity targets and preparing healthy meals, but really it’s just about priorities and routine. We all have 24 hours in a day. CHOOSE how to make yours count!
YOU’LL START APPRECIATING WHAT YOU HAVE
It’s a known fact that most people who regularly use social media, consciously or unconsciously, end up comparing themselves to what they see in their news feed. It’s perfectly ok to seek inspiration from people you see online, but when it starts to impact the way you feel about yourself and what you already have, that’s when the problems kick in!
For some it’s comparing body shapes, for others it’s “couple goals” or “life goals”. Whatever it is you’re wishing you had, or whoever it is you’re wishing you were, comparing your life to what you see on social media can become incredibly unhealthy and a one way ticket to lack of fulfilment and poor self esteem.
Try to break the cycle and reconnect with all the amazing things you have in your life. Spend more time connecting with friends or journaling and setting fun, achievable goals. Life in the real world is all kinds of exciting and satisfying if you just look up and pay attention every now and then.
Social media and technology both have some incredible benefits, and honestly, we’re pretty spoilt to live in a world where these exist. Just remember to stay mindful of how much time you spend attached to a device and scrolling through highlights each day. Going cold turkey is certainly an option but the answer doesn’t have to be so extreme. Here’s a few less drastic tips to help you break the cycle:
- Limit your social media time to a maximum of 15-20 minutes each day.
- Whether you’re heading to the gym, going out to dinner, or even just getting out for a walk, try leaving your phone behind once or twice each week. Someone around you will always have a phone in case of emergency, so ditch the excuses and give it a go!
- Ban phones (and iPads) from the bedroom. Get yourself an old school alarm clock and save the bedroom for device-free downtime.
- Say no to phones at meal time. Once the knife and fork are in your hands, phones away!
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