Social Media Break

Social Media Pause

So often in our social media life we kid ourselves into thinking we don’t care how much attention our posts attract. Often times we’ll write and rewrite a status update or tweet many times, hoping that our cleverness, insightfulness or humor will get more attention. Social media has allowed people to push their agendas and put their messages in front of us, with barely any way to avoid it.

TETHERED BY TECHNOLOGY–“Between stimulus and response there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – renowned psychologist Victor Frankl

Even a short social media vacation can increase attention span & focus.

For many of us, social media has literally taken control out of our hands. We should strive to be in control of the things we devote our time to, not the other way around! We all care what people think of us. We all want to feel accepted. We all want to feel liked. Social media magnifies those thoughts and feelings without our even realizing it. It’s not healthy to always be under the knife of criticism. In a digital world we need a break from having our lives judged and commented on (often times by complete strangers with whom we don’t align). Taking a social media break for a month or even a week can really open your eyes to the feelings and motivations you have for using Twitter, Facebook, etc. You will get a sense of freedom from the shackles of notifications and rabbit holes of links, photos and feeds.

Imagine an entirely new perspective on your digital life.

No judgement here; and not all social media is bad.

Like anything else, social media is great in moderation. But let’s take a moment to reflect on our usage of social media and think about taking a break, if nothing else just to see how it feels.

1. You will be happier and more content with life.

On social media, everyone posts their nicest pictures and best moments. It is highly unlikely that anyone is going to put their bad moments on display for all to see. If someone travels around the world on holidays, there will probably be a picture of it on social media, but if their landlord should kick them out for not paying rent, they probably won’t mention it online. So why compare your life to the virtual life you see on social media and feel miserable? It’s like comparing your worst moments with everyone else’s best. Breaking up with social media will make you happier and more content with your life. There will not only be no more pictures and posts to compare your life to, but you will realize that your life is not actually so bad.

2. You will be more productive.

You will suddenly realize that a lot can be done instead of scrolling up and down on social media. You will find ways to make your dreams more real. Have you always wanted to learn a new language or play the piano or guitar? Instead of wasting time on social media, you can actually invest that time into your dreams and watch them become reality.

3. You will be grateful for your life.

If you have food, clothing, and a roof over your head, you are richer than 75% of the people in the world today. If you have savings in the bank, you are in the top 8% of the world’s wealthy today. If you woke up this morning with your health, you are more blessed than the 1 million people who will not survive this week. If you have not experienced the pain of starvation, you are more fortunate than 500 million people in the world today.

4. You will have an improved relationship with your family and friends.

Social media claims to be connecting you with your family and friends, but is it really? How often have you found yourself on social media while the real people around you go unnoticed? How often do you catch yourself scrolling up and down on social media instead of talking to the human next to you? Social media may claim to connect you with family and friends, but in reality it disconnects you from them. When you take a social media break, you will realize that calling, talking, socializing without social media interruption is a great way to promote mindfulness and connect with your family and friends.

5. You will see how beautiful the world is.

I bet you think you have seen enough of the world to appreciate its beauty. But, if you can put your phone in your pocket and not distract yourself with notifications, it won’t be long before you see that birds are not always white, some are actually pink. We are only here for a very limited time. Instead of spending most of that time on social media, we can spend it visiting the beach, the forest, and appreciating nature.

6. You will be innovative.

When you are constantly distracted with social media, your brain is shut to real life issues and you become less innovative. When you break up with social media, you will be become more creative about improving your life. Perhaps you need more money, but merely wishing for it doesn’t earn you any extra cash. If you drop the phone and stop distracting yourself with social media, a flash of genius could strike.

7. You will be smarter and wiser.

When you log out of social media and log in to real life, you will spend your time wisely on useful things, like books and great websites that actually improve your life and enrich you with knowledge to make you a better person. You can find time and exercise instead of perusing social media and complaining about how you never find the time to hit the gym. That time spent on Facebook could have been used on a great workout. Whilst others are wasting their lives on social media, you will be reading a life-changing book, hitting the gym, being innovative, and making your dreams come true.

8. Your future self will be grateful.

The future is not bright until you deliberately polish it today. If you do not give up unhealthy habits that get you nowhere, your future is going to be full of regrets about the things you could have done and didn’t simply because you were too busy on social media. If you give up social media today and invest the time into your dreams, your future self will be happy that you had the time to learn Spanish, play the piano, start that business or write that book.

9. You will be more focused.

We humans idealize our multi-tasking skills, but in fact we are capable of focusing on only one task at a time. Splitting our focus between tasks in rapid succession (i.e. Split-tasking) is harmful to productivity as our focus lags a few minutes behind our intentions. When we check social media again and again it really becomes another form of split-tasking, reducing productivity by as much as 40 percent, and we perform at an inferior level. A high price to pay for a few likes and comments.

Now you’re ready!

Turn off all notifications.

Remove all apps…

 

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