Social media has its advantages and disadvantages. For the advantages, there are many. It opens you up to see the life and perspective from a diverse group of people. It connects you to a community and tribe of like-minds.
Social media is a platform that can keep others informed, expose truths and injustices from the mere sharing of a video. Business individuals and entrepreneurs will sing the praise of social media because it funds their livelihood by connecting them to customers who appreciate and value their insight and product.
However, though there are numerous benefits to social media, it can have negative effects on an individual. Too much time spent staring at feeds can distract you from the reality of the world that is happening around you.
It can lead you to feelings of inadequacy when you start to question whether your life measures up to the other person that seems to be getting more likes and comments than you. This can affect your self-esteem and it can also increase your anxiety levels.
You thus have to give yourself breaks from staring at all the apps available. The breaks could be minutes or hours. It could be days, weeks or even months. It’s up to you but do endeavour that your life is not focused on your phone 24/7.
Here is a detailed breakdown to convince you to put your phone down once in a while.
It will Enable You To Focus on What is Right in front of You
When you spend time scrolling through another persons’ feed, you get easily distracted by other people’s seemingly perfect lives and adventures. This can get you feeling worried that your life is not enough? It can make you feel like there’s something wrong with if you’re not part of what you see being displayed on the page.
But on the days you take a break, you are more mindful of your own life. You simply focus on what is in front of you. It will make you less anxious about your future or your social life.
You Become More at Peace When Not Always Comparing Yourself
Comparison is a negative habit and the use of social media makes it all too easy to get overwhelmed in that. When you’re on social media, scrolling through countless images of people you’re not even close to, you start comparing.
You compare everything about someone else’s journey and feel you might not measure up. This leads you to stress and agitate about your place in the world.
But when you take the break off social media — when you take the little break from your Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feed — you give yourself the opportunity to be free. You free yourself from constant comparisons. You let yourself be at peace with your life as it is.
You Enjoy the Little Things More
Anyone who has had those moments of anxiety knows it takes away your joy. You feel caged. The world is closing in on you. Too much time on social media can heighten your anxiety levels because it makes you question why your reality is not perfect.
Yet, we forget that our social pages are not a full reflection of our lives. This is why we need to remind ourselves to put the phone down once in a while. Don’t bother to check the notifications of the likes and comments.
You’ll realize you have time for other things. You have time for actual face-to-face conversation. You have time for a call. You have time for a walk or run. You have time to enjoy the little things.
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