8 REASONS TO TAKE A SOCIAL MEDIA BREAK
I actually wanted to put ‘social media detox’ in the title, but then I thought it would not look out of place on the average women’s website. Now my site is actually a women’s site, but you understand that I mean those sites that have “OMG” or “YES” or a completely misplaced English word in every title, don’t you? Anyway, despite my fading love for blog lists, I wanted to write this blog post. In the past few weeks I have considerably reduced with Twitter and Instagram and I enjoyed it very much. By pause I don’t mean no more social media at all, but just very little. For example, I still looked occasionally, but did not post anything. Everyone knows that this naturally saves time, but that is not the only thing that is good for it.
1. You have fewer things to worry about . I wrote last Thursday about the pressure of social media that you should always be present. For example, I had (I don’t know if I will continue) my 100 happy days project , which meant that I had to ‘post’ at least one Instagram photo every day. If you do not impose things like that on yourself, a burden will fall off your shoulders.
2. You compare yourself less with other people . Social media are mostly full of fun things that people do. If you are busy learning for an exam yourself, that is not very motivating. And if you are in a bit of a dip yourself, it is certainly not a good idea to watch how other people act cheerfully. In both cases it is better to just focus on yourself. Or on your exams, so.
3. You even look at things a little differently . Or am I the only one who regularly thinks: how can I best describe that in 140 characters? In itself I think that is not wrong, but it also has something to just let things come over you. To get rid of thinking in tweets, let’s say.
4. If you want to tell people something, they don’t know yet . As in: it is sometimes nice not to hear that someone ‘had already read that on Twitter’. In a broader perspective, this actually means that you have much more privacy. I do not think that I share too much on the internet, but I do show my thoughts and feelings regularly, and it is sometimes nice to just keep them to yourself.
5. You postpone much less . You probably know those moments when you really have to do something, but instead continue to do your social media round constantly. Refresh Twitter, Instagram, even Facebook. I have absolutely nothing to do with Facebook, but I only go there when I’m bored or delayed. Of course there are a lot of other procrastination ways, but reducing social media is already a very good step in the right direction.
6. Yet also the obvious reason: it saves you so. a lot of. time . But really.
7. You realize that you can do without social media . At least, that’s probably true. It struck me at least that you did not miss that if you only Twitter’s checked morning (I did so still, to blog posts favoriten ). And that is pretty nice for when you don’t have internet or something.
8. And not unimportant: when you come back, you actually have something to say . And if you have nice followers, you will also be enthusiastically welcomed. 🙂