Time for break from social media

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Time for break from social media

Chelsea Terrell, [email protected]

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Social media, such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc. has become an outlet for people to present their “life” to the public. However, many people make their lives look as if it is perfect, but in reality no one’s life is as perfect as they make it out to be on social media.

People of all ages spend hours posting or scrolling through their various social media pages and accounts. In fact, I find myself guilty of doing this often. Spending most of your day scrolling through other’s pages, their edits and filters can make one jealous of others and the life they portray through social media. Eventually, jealousy can lead to many striving to be like others and being self-conscious.

When we see people’s images, we feel compelled to create an unrealistic image of ourselves on our social media accounts. 

Also, taking a break from social media can better any anxiety or depression we may have. When we don’t feel a burden to be perfect, anxiety and depression are lessened.

Occasionally taking a social media break is good for someone who finds themselves spending excess amount of time on social media accounts comparing themselves to others.

One positive trend that many should follow is taking a break from social media, an act known as the “Social Media Detox”. Many have tried this trend and the results have only been positive reactions as to what occurred after they cut social media out of their daily lives. For example, many stars such as Ariana Grande, Kim Kardashian, Cardi B and Ed Sheeran have tried the “Social Media Detox” and have all spoke publicly about the positive results.

It doesn’t matter how much time you spend away from social media; the important part is what happens while you are away from social media. Spending time away from your Facebook or Instagram feed can make your time more productive. Silencing your social media account notifications can prevent you from getting distracted. By getting rid of social media for an allotted amount of time, you are able to do more constructive things with your spare time. By getting off of social media, you can better your productivity, your time and your self-confidence.