A recent study reveals that the average person spends a minimum of 1 hour and 40 minutes every day on their favorite social media apps or sites. You may think the time is not much. But when social media becomes an addiction, procrastination will be second nature to you. And people who spend more time on social media are always less productive. In this article, you will learn why you should take a break from social media.
Don’t get me wrong, social media has its benefits. It enables you to build meaningful relationships, share your expertise, increase your visibility, connect with more people, and the list goes on. But don’t allow it to become an addiction. Otherwise, it will destroy your relationships and make you a procrastination master.
#1. Break the social comparison cycle
One of the disadvantages of social media is that it makes you unconsciously compare yourself with other people. And if you don’t control it, you will end up being depressed over nothing.
Again, not everything you see on social media is as it seems. Before you drown yourself in the ocean of low self-esteem, you should take a break from these platforms.
For instance, you tend to feel bad and possibly depressed if you see all your friends and people around you getting married and having beautiful babies. Yet, you are still battling with failed relationships. Trust me, if you see information like this on social media often, you may end up feeling lonely and isolated.
If you don’t take a break from this cycle, it may consume you and make you live in sadness. But if you do take a break from social media, you will recognize all the beautiful things in your life and have countless reasons to be happy again.
#2. Social media presents you with a distorted version of reality
Remember the famous maxim, “all that glitters is not gold”? Well, that’s social media. Not everything you see on social media is real.
In 2017, I visited a family friend – Juliet. She always posted impressive pictures of herself and her husband on Instagram and Facebook. These pictures were filled with romantic memories, and we all envied her marriage whenever we saw her photos on social media.
In reality, their marriage was a pathetic excuse for a union. I spent two days in their house, and they fought every night. The man was always abusing her physically and verbally. They got divorced in December of 2017. That was when I stopped paying attention to anything I see on social media.
Most social media users are like Juliets; they try to make their lives seem perfect, unique, and more beautiful than what they are. That is why you should take a break from social media.
#3. It makes you feel so competitive
You may not know this, but social media makes you more competitive. Generally, your popularity across social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram depends on the attention your posts get.
If you allow yourself to be carried away by the attention your posts get, you may end up continually striving to outdo other people. Unfortunately, this type of competition is unhealthy and will make you prone to anxiety and depression. But taking a break from social media is an excellent way to take a mental break from unhealthy competitions across social media platforms.
#4. It will help you conquer your fear of missing out (FOMO)
According to experts, social media platforms are as addictive as ‘crack cocaine’. And people who are addicted to social media may experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using the platforms.
Scientists believe that some people experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using social media because of their fear of missing out. That’s why they always feel that they are missing something entertaining or important whenever they step away from their laptop or smartphone.
From experience, people who allow social media to become their addition always destroy their personal and professional relationships. But if you take a break from social media for a while, you will have control over how you use the platforms. It won’t be an addiction anymore.
#5. Enables you to reconnect with the real world
One of the reasons you should take a break from social media is to reconnect with the real world. It’s quite unfortunate that social media platforms have turned many people into deeper introverts, without the need for a real connection.
Some social media users are exceptional in connecting with people online. But they find it difficult to communicate in person. That’s why most social media maniacs always live a lonely and isolated life. And they will end up having few friends in the real world.
But taking a break from social media will allow you to connect with people in the real world. Even if you are an introvert, such a break can improve your mood by simply going to a nice recreational center.
If you prefer to be alone, you can take yourself to a nice park, a good restaurant, watch a movie, or possibly go to a concert. Who knows, you may just make a few new friends.
#6. It gives you a lot of free time
These days, social media consumes free time you would have used for exercising, reading, or even cleaning your house. But if you take a break from social media, you can get about 2 to 3 hours daily to yourself. And you can use the time productively to improve yourself.
For instance, walking for 30 minutes every day helps to improve your physical and mental health. It’s better for your health than spending valuable time scrolling through your Facebook news feed.
No doubt, social media is a big part of most people’s lives. Of course, it has its benefits. But if it’s too much, it could damage your personal and professional relationship and make you prone to depression.