In the digital age we live in today, the number of social media users continues to grow. In fact, the average person spends at least 1 hour and 40 minutes each day, browsing their favourite social media sites and apps on their phone or computer. While this time could be put to better use, this figure is indicative of current trends in lifestyle and communication.
However, while we think looking at our favourite Instagram accounts feeds or scrolling through our Facebook newsfeed is the norm, it’s actually doing us more harm than good. While professions may require you to be active on social media, it could actually do you some good to disconnect and detox from social media over the weekend or during a vacation. Not convinced? Here are 9 positive benefits of a social media detox.
1. You’ll stop comparing yourself to others
According to scientists, most people who are avid users of social media end up comparing themselves to the lives of those they know or follow on social media. Be it friends, be it family or celebrities and influencers, the grass will always seem greener on the other side which can have a serious impact on your self-esteem. Case in point is if everyone you know is getting married and having babies and you’re still single, it make you feel lonely and isolated. In many cases, this can even lead to depression. Take a break from the cycle and take time out to reconnect to other things that actually matter.
2. You can finally start living in the moment
If you post about everything you do, everything you eat and everywhere you go, then it’s a sign that you need to take the break. While it may be a great to share major life events with friends or a way to document your life, this actually takes you away from living in the moment. Instead of directly interacting with the moment you’ll be so caught up with getting it up on social media that your experiences will be of a lower quality, in turn becoming less memorable.
3. You’ll gain a lot of free time
Going on a social media hiatus will easily give you back two hours of your day. You can then put that time to good use, perhaps complete errands or chores that you had left pending. Go for a walk, go to the gym, bake a cake; or do anything that you may not otherwise have done because Facebook was too important! This will also help you to feel less stressed and will actually give you time to get your thoughts and life in order.
Going on a social media detox will definitely do your soul some good. It will help you become productive, confident, stress-free and ready to take on the world. The real world, not the world on social media.