People spend an average of 4 hours a day on their phone, these days maybe even more. The current scenario has left us pretty much all wandering what to do ? We often find ourselves just scrolling through the phone , opening the same apps 10 times a day. Checking social media has become a reflex action for many now.
There may be a thousand reasons to love social media but even more to take a break, especially now more than ever. A recent study tells us that active social media users have an increased chance of depression and anxiety at an early age. We subconsciously start comparing ourselves with other people, looking at what they have and we might not. Social media may be a good time pass for many but it doesn’t take much time to ruin our thinking. The algorithms used, force us to believe what we see because the other side is pretty much hidden. What we see, becomes what we believe, and that’s how social media gradually eats up our brain, not to mention time.
This might be a good time to take a break from social media. Here are some reasons why:
- Timely detox can be a good thing for our mental health.
- You get more time to focus on yourself.
- Social media buzz can be often toxic, a little break might do some good.
Social media can change our whole outlook, it can change the way we feel, the way we dress up and a lot by seeing others. It takes us away from reality. Leaving us to nothing but a lot of questions about ourselves. The discrepancies between what they are and how they want to be, might lead to a lot of disturbing negative feelings.
Social media is no longer that cheery and playful boat we used to sail in. It gives us questions, we might not have the answers to. Wanting to feel validated, liked and sometimes maybe even the centre of attention, is a human tendency. When the same feelings start to grow up, it eats us from the inside when let down.
In recent years, social media has become a more platform, providing a clear way to hatred, criticism, debates and fake news. We start believing in things and forming opinions based on just one side of the stories we see. All of it eventually becomes over consuming and overburdening, leading to depression, insecurity, anxiety, fear and might even be an attack on our self-esteem. This ripple effect plays until it ruins us mentally.
Therefore, taking some time off/away or limiting technology can help us boost our mental health as well as physical health. It is also a great way to focus on ourselves and gives us time to introspect. This is just one of the many benefits.