Social Media Life Is Toxic, Why It’s Time For You To Click Delete
Deactivate your gram’ to activate your life! That should be every millennials quote to live by. Everything is all about social media nowadays, we’ve created this image of statuses based on the amount of followers we own, judged by the photos we put up, and even to a point where we feel pressured to manage our social media account perfectly.
For example, we crave for likes, and if it does not meet our expectations, we get stressed out or even become depressed. But the weird thing is, we should seek attention not from our loved ones from online strangers. Hence why you should at least once in your lifetime go on a social media detox (or once every year – if you can handle it).
Break yourself free from the chains of social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat and live life without hiding behind the screen.Celebrities like Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner have all gone through a phase of social media detox. If you’re still not convinced on why you should go on this life changing experience, read on!
Realising the False Reality
We often selectively post what we want the other social media users to see. This will then allow everyone to flaunt their good sides while hiding their bad ones. True that.
In all honesty, there aren’t many profiles on social media that truly shows a person for who they really are. It’s filtered and edited. The worst part: we know this, yet we choose to ignore it and compare our lives with the lives of our friends based on their social media posts. This can sometimes be frustrating and to a point, make us fall into depression.
Affects Our Mental Health
Talking about depression, a number of studies have actually linked social media with anxiety, isolation and yes, depression. Research shows that users of old and young fall into the pressure of the unachievable standards of beauty and success on social platforms. Plus, while social media was created to connect us to anyone in the world, research has also found out that we are lonelier and more isolated than ever.
Toxic and Harmful to Relationships
Another way that social media has contributed to the loneliness factor, creating a barrier between us and our loved ones in real life. This happens when you’re too caught up in “social media” fame, living up to your “fans” and forget about spending time with friends and family. Say you’re out with friends for drinks, and everyone has made time to catch up with each other, but the only thing your too busy focusing on your phone.
Another situation is when you become insensitive to what you post on social media especially when it involves other people like unintentionally posting unflattering photos of them. Going on a detox will help to focus on building relationships and to just live in the moment instead of worrying what photo to post.
Protect Your Privacy
Sure, social media can be a great platform to keep in touch and share photos, but tagging locations will require you to give up a lot of your privacy. Your personal data like photos, workplace, phone number is available to everyone even if you hide some these information as it could still be accessible through hacking. Just recently, Facebook faced a security breach in which exposed over 50 million users.
By deleting your social media profile and apps, it guarantees the best possible privacy protection but this may just be too harsh on some, so opt for a temporary social break instead.
Taking a break from our social media helps to increase the productivity in our daily activities. Research shows that our commitment to social media platforms can negatively impact our creative and professional lives. This is due to us spending too much time on social media, that we waste one of our most valuable resources — time, which may then lead to procrastination.
Reports also suggest that even when we’re at work, we feel the need to check for the newest “likes” and comments, even though we know we’re not supposed to. Ahhh! Something I’m pretty sure that we can all relate too!
Of course, going on a complete social media detox may not be that easy for the most of us. Take time to ‘clean’ your phone by filtering the apps that you don’t really need, after all, we don’t exactly use all the social media apps available in our phones. Choose the apps that we really use, and from there, minimize your time limit in using the apps.