Social Media Woes: 5 Reasons You Need To Quit It Stat
Social media has become the bane of our lives in the modern day and age. We rely on it for everything and it has become an addiction. Here’s why you should reduce your use of it stat!
We are now all part of the digital age where it seems there can be no life without social media. From the moment we wake, to the time we hit our pillow and eventually asleep, chances are, we are scrolling on some social media platform or another. It is also highly likely that you came across this article via a social media app or platform and needless to say, social media has become a major part of our lives. We live, eat and breathe social media and in this generation, it is hard to imagine a life without social media.
What we eat, and wear and whatever we are doing tends to make it to social media on a regular basis and it has become a way to document our lives. If you’re an avid user of social media, you may however have days where you feel like you’re not good enough, or you may feel like you’re not travelling enough, or doing enough. You look at people you don’t even know, want the things you can’t have and constantly compare yourself to others which in turn makes you feel not so great about yourself.
The solution? Take some time out and give yourself a break from social media. Easier said than done we know, but once you actually try and remove yourself from social media, you’ll feel a hell of a lot better. And so, with that being said, we round up some of the reasons why you should try and quit social media, and if that seems like a daunting task, then at least try and limit your use of it and restrict yourself to using it when it is imperative.
1. It Makes You Negative
Social media has become a place for many to express themselves. It has become an outlet for people to release their stress, frustration and heartbreaks and also a place to share their thoughts and feelings on what is going on around the world. While it is important to express yourself, it may not necessarily have a positive impact on the rest of your followers. Even the happiest person will absorb some of the negativity. So shutting down these networks or abstaining from checking it 24/7 will help you re-focus on the important things and channel your energy on your own feelings.
2. It’s Addictive and Unhealthy
Everything is okay when done in balance. Addictions of any kind aren’t healthy and excessive social media comes right under this branch. We no longer use social media in moderation and it has come to a point where addictions centers have created treatment programs for those who are struggling with the amount of time spent on social media. Preventing this kind of addiction, or breaking it, are perfect reasons to part ways with social media.
3. It Lowers Self Esteem
Whether you want to admit it or not, social media most certainly has an impact on your self-esteem. You may have seen a recent post of your friend travelling to a stunning destination and instantly feel a pang of jealousy and wonder if you’ll ever get to go to all these places. Or you could see a friend getting engaged or having a baby or even moving into a new home and you will instantly, subconsciously compare your own life to those on social media. Social media provides us with endless streams of reasons to feel inadequate about ourselves and our lives, but quitting may help relieve the need to constantly compare against others; it’s difficult to be envious of someone’s new sports car when you don’t know they got one.
4. It’s A Huge Waste Of Time
You may just be scrolling through these platforms very quickly, but if you add up the total time you spend in a day on social media, you’d actually be surprised. According to new data, the average person spends 1.72 hours per day on social media sites. Given that we’re always complaining that there isn’t enough time in a day, quitting social media may be a great way to free up some time. Just think what you could do with that extra two hours? Maybe a workout, or a fresh-cooked meal? The possibilities are endless. So get off your phone and do something productive.
5. It Doesn’t Teach You Anything Of Substance
Think about the last time you learnt something from social media? Do you really learn anything of value or something that will enlighten your life? Does it teach you something new, guide you through important life decisions, or assist with personal growth and development. No matter how many times you ask yourself this question, more often than not, your answer will be no. Instead of constantly refreshing that newsfeed, or checking on what your friends are up to, use the time more efficiently and put it to good use.
By now you should have enough reasons to get off social media or at least remove yourself from it slowly. Many who have taken the step and reduced their time spent on social media have reported being happier, doing more productive things and no longer feel the expectation to constantly post things on social media.
Do you think you could challenge yourself and go off social media completely?