Monday, November 16, 2015

6 REASONS YOU SHOULD TAKE A BREAK FROM SOCIAL MEDIA + HOW TO DO IT

How many times a day do you check your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or other social media? Do you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through your newsfeeds for no real reason at all? Are you quick to turn to your phone and open up a social media app simply to take up time? If you answered yes to any of these... I am right there with you. 
Its embarrassing for me to admit how often I was checking social media, and not only that, but how much time I was wasting. Rarely does anything constructive or worthwhile come from social media, and yet there I was, frittering my time away on it. Social media was running me, instead of me running it. Once I started paying attention to how often I would open up different apps on my phone to check my social media and began noticing how much time I was spending mindlessly scrolling, I knew something needed to change.  
Now don’t get me wrong, social media is not all bad. In fact, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest have been vital for me in growing and running BE WISE. However, the mindless scrolling... not necessary. 
In a world that is so incredibly “virtually connected” it can be difficult to pull away. Let me tell you my friends, as hard as it might be to tap out, continuing to fill your life with social media clutter is much harder. 

REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE A SOCIAL MEDIA BREAK 
1. Social Media causes you to lose focus and waste time
2. Social Media has been proven to cause low self-esteem and depression 
3. Social Media creates a distorted view of reality 
4. Social Media causes you to rely on others for validation 
5. Social Media is an unnecessary distraction 
6. Social Media is not real life

SO, WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
I have always liked the idea of a complete “social media hiatus”, but with running BE WISE, it didn’t seem very practical. So, I looked for other solutions. However, if you are able to get away with a complete hiatus, go for it! I envy you!
Since a complete hiatus wasn’t really an option for me, I tried the whole “stay logged out” approach. This idea of staying logged out so I had to log in each time I wanted to check my accounts worked for awhile... until I just stopped logging out. If you can be more committed than I was, then this approach might work for you. Personally, I needed something a little more permanent. 
The next approach is the only one that really seems to be working for me and honestly, I am super psyched about it! Too often, my phone was being used as a crutch to support my bad social media habits. It was just too easy to check in. I finally made a decision and deleted ALL social media apps from my phone. Now, if I want to check Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest I have to use my computer or my iPod from home. BONUS POINTS: If there are apps you can/should completely do away with (Snapchat was my throw away) then DO IT! Eliminate extra unnecessary social media clutter however possible.
As crazy as it might sound, this has been one of the most liberating decisions I have made for a very long time. I feel so much more content, at peace, relaxed, and productive. Now, when I have some time to kill and I go to my phone, I only have uplifting and inspiring apps to turn to. Some of my favorites are, the LDS Gospel Library, TED Talks, Daily Verse, and LDS Youth. Instead of seeing what everyone ate for breakfast or the millions of “outfit of the day” posts that seemed to take over my newsfeeds, I am forced to look for other (and more uplifting and positive) ways to occupy my time. 
What ways do you plan on taking a social media break?

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