The Benefits of a Social Media Detox
Time to Switch Off
Social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. We wake up and check our phones, commute on the train and scroll through our feeds, enjoy some lunch and upload an image of it. The list is endless. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with being reliant on social media, however it can be a major distraction. It’s also a perfect way to procrastinate…take it from me.
It’s coming up to the end of the year. It’s time to reflect on our New Year’s resolutions…and rush to tick them all off in the last couple of months. There’s money to save, holidays to book, and work promotions to be reached. Yet, instead of getting on top of it all, we’re mindlessly scrolling through Instagram and Facebook. Social media is taking over our lives and our time. I propose that it’s time we switch off and shift our priority and focus.
There are many benefits to a social media detox. The first benefit is that you may end up gaining more sleep. The blue light from a phone or laptop can keep you and your mind active for hours. Taking a step back from social media, or technology in general, at night will make the winding down process more effective. Another helpful tip is turning your device onto night-time mode to eliminate blue light while you’re up late on social media, procrastinating as per usual.
The second benefit from a social media detox is your overall mood change. It’s no surprise social media can negatively affect your mood and mental health. By going offline and pursuing more active past times it may help bring about a more positive attitude and make you feel physically better. Stress levels are through the roof nearing Christmas time, so instead of spending your downtime on social media go for a walk and take in some fresh air to increase your mood and productivity.
As of 2018, the average person’s daily social media use equated to two hours per day. That’s two extra hours you could use to get that project finished or start a new and productive hobby. Two hours can easily fly by when you’re aimlessly scrolling through social media feeds. When you look back and ask yourself, “Was anything I read truly important to my everyday life?” The answer is usually no.
The last benefit comes from feeling like you’re not missing out on something important when you dissociate yourself from social media. Knowing what everyone is doing at all times is very tempting. Especially when you get caught up in what they’re doing instead of focusing on what you’re doing. You may find yourself distracted or you may feel as if you’re missing out on what they’re doing because of your other priorities. At the end of the day, once you’ve finished what you needed to do, you can continue with your social life like you were never gone.
About the Author
Living on the Gold Coast her whole life, she has a lot of hot tips and secret places to share with the public (if they’re lucky). During the week, when she’s not holed up in her room studying, you’ll find her brunching at cute cafes, trying to get a tan at the beach or playing soccer. On the weekend you’ll most often find her at a photoshoot, behind the lens, practising her passion for photography. She’s well-travelled, with 23 countries up her sleeve already and hopes to continue ticking countries off the list over the years to come.