Have you ever stopped to think about how much of your time you spend on social media? I for one know that literally hours can go by and I have accomplished nothing, just scrolling, and snooping at people’s profiles, chatting to friends, and leaving comments on photos. Ever thought ‘is it time to give up social media?’ Or at least have a break? Can you even remember what life was like before social media? What would you do with all that extra time?
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With more people turning to online work maybe it’s time to step away from social media in our free time and do something different. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons getting off social media may not be such a bad idea after all.
It’s More Addictive Than Crack, Kinda.
I don’t actually know if that is true or not or how you could measure that, but damn it is addictive. Do you reach for your phone as soon as you wake up in the morning and check your socials last thing at night? Before you even remember who you are, you are checking out
other people’s profiles. And then not to mention, constantly throughout the day, you can’t help having a look every time you get a new notification. Let’s be real for a minute, no addiction is a good thing, whether it is crack, coffee or Instagram anything that you feel like you need or having a burning desire to interact with after a short time away is an addiction, and is downright unhealthy!
You Are Being Brainwashed
Ok, maybe brainwashed is a little extreme. But what you see on your social media is there by no coincidence. The entire system is set up with algorithms to keep you hooked, feed you dopamine inducing information, and only show you news articles that you actually want to see.
Entice you with marketing and subliminal messages.
This is no joke, and it’s how they make their money. Meanwhile, you are just a pawn in the masterplan, willingly scrolling up and down.
Your Self Confidence Will Always Be In Question
I don’t know about you but these endlessly perfect Instagram profiles are enough to make anyone want to curl up and cry for a minute.
How can you compare to these ‘influencers’ perfect bikini shots with magical backgrounds, the couple to die for, or the food you can’t even imagine cooking, even if you did have the time and money.
It’s hard not to be affected by those images, as you work endless hours in front of a computer, or your same-old day to day routine doesn’t exactly hit the Instagram worthy button. But that’s not what life’s about.
We have to remember that. But it can be so easy to start comparing ourselves to what we see around us. But what we see around us on social media is not reality, nobody’s life is perfect and we have to remember that!
We Are Numbing Our Brains
We have this endless amount of information available at our fingertips. It’s undeniably convenient. But it doesn’t actually do anything for us.
Our critical thinking is not challenged, we don’t have to research, and we don’t even read properly anymore.
Most people just skim read through the news articles they are shown on their socials, without stopping to question why, or looking for the opposite information. We have to remember, anyone literally can write an article online, it doesn’t make it factually correct.
It Ruins Relationships
I for one can really stand behind this statement. Nothing good can come out of spending a lot of time on social media and being in a relationship at the same time. Not only is it a distraction, and pulls us away from having real experiences, real intimacy and truly living.
It also massively damages trust in a relationship. The endless possibilities when it comes to the prospective lovers and their tantalizing profiles can oftentimes be far too tempting. A quick DM can end up in a flirty conversation and break the heart of your partner. For what? A little bit of attention.
It Causes Low Self-Esteem
This is what I hate most about social media, the negative impact it has on the most vulnerable. Not to say that you have to be an incredibly vulnerable person to be affected by social media and to start doubting your physical appearance because of the perfection you see.
Social media is packed full of unrealistic bodies being honored. Nobody wants to upload a regular photo of themselves, so they wait until the lights are perfect, makeup on, outfit to die for and the Instagram shots come out.
But this isn’t real, and we cannot compare ourselves to unrealistic standards. But it can very quickly and understandably make us feel inadequate.
There are many links to depression through the overuse of social media, so if you are feeling low every time you open your socails maybe it’s time to let it go for a while.
What About Having Some Privacy
The reality is, if you meet someone at a social gathering within seconds you are unlikely to share with them your last name. Let alone your birthday, address, email and the name of the street you grew up on or your pet’s first name.
So why is it that we have become so accustomed to just handing over information like it is nothing as soon as we want to connect with any social media platform.
The amount of information that you have to provide to these companies, your likes or dislikes, what you need to buy or where you want to travel to.
All this information can be picked up by how you behave online and within your social media platforms.
The reality is that we have seen in the last recent years some really screwed up uses of the internet by some very sick people. So not to go into it too deeply can we please remember that fake profiles are real.
You do not know who is at the end of a message, their age, or intentions. Not to mention the really sick suicide games that have appeared through online platforms. We have to be careful, this shit is real.
Maybe you aren’t ready to completely cut social media out of your life but think about having a break a small detox and see how you feel. You could try just deleting social media off your phone for a few days, you can always check it on a computer anyway, you don’t’ have to ban yourself.
But it could really help you to use your online time more effectively and help improve emotionally. Why not just give it a go, what’s the worst that could happen?
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