Signs You Need A Social Media Detox
When Kerry Washington announced that she had taken a break from social media, it caught all of her fans by surprise. What was even more brow-raising was the reason she took a break: social media wasn’t good for her self-esteem.
“That thing that happens in social media where you’re comparing your day or your life or your food or your mood or your kids to somebody else’s. I felt like I needed to create a little more stillness around me.”
We’ve all felt negative feelings about social media and its effect on us from time to time. But when celebrities are even saying they need a break, it might be time to consider whether or not we could all use a detox from time to time.
Turning social media off altogether doesn’t work for everyone, but there are ways to take brief breaks from all the noise if you’ve suffered from the following feelings and issues.
You’re Ignoring Your Friends and Family
OK, to be fair, when you walk into a Starbucks, half of the people at the tables have their noses in their phones. But if you’ve gotten complaints about browsing your Instagram feed while you’re at the movies, at dinner with friends, in a work meeting, and while spending “quality time” with family, it’s a bad sign.
It’s not all about social skills. When your social media life is interrupting your real one, the experts say it’s a sign that you’re on social media too much and may be missing out on life.
The Solution: Set Boundaries
You don’t have to put the phone down for good, but make it a point to stay off of it when there are other people to talk to, or even shows you’d rather watch than just listen to.
You will have to remind yourself frequently at first, but soon you will realize how much you missed the last time you watched Orange Is the New Black and start dedicating permanent time to keeping your phone tucked away.
You’ve Become Obsessed With Your Size
At least one study has said that just 20 minutes spent on Instagram following fitness bloggers, lifestyle guides and celebrities can make you feel worse about your body.
The Solution: More Body Positivity
Balance out your fitness experts with people who celebrate body positivity and women of all shapes and sizes. Skip any celebrities whose gym selfies that feature filters make you feel bad about yourself. Fill your feed with friends and other people who keep it real and make it a more positive place by reminding yourself that we all have “imperfections.” That’s what makes us beautiful.
You’ve Lost Touch With What You Like
Have you ever caught yourself ordering something off of a menu because you thought it would look amazing on Instagram? Or buying a Groupon just because apple picking would be a good look for your lifestyle brand? Doing it for the ‘gram isn’t all bad, but everything shouldn’t be done for the sake of making a good impression on social media.
The Solution: Don’t Do It for the ‘Gram
Make it a point to do a few things during the week that are free of selfies. You will spend more time enjoying the food and the experience because they’re what you really love, and you’re living in the moment.
The Grass Looks Greener
Kerry Washington isn’t the only one who suffers from Instagram envy from time to time. If you leave your feed with more negative feelings about your life than positive ones, it might be time to detox.
The Solution: Unfollow
It might be time to free your feed of the followers who have taken the quest for social media shine to the next level. If all of their posts about being impossibly perfect parents who never let the house get messy drive you nuts, it’s time to stop letting them make you feel salty. Unfollow and keep it moving.
It’s Adding Drama to Your Life
It’s 3 a.m., you have work in the morning, and yet, you’re arguing with someone in your comments — again.
The Solution: Don’t Check Social Media While Mad
When we’re having a bad day, we post things we shouldn’t. Instead of starting Internet arguments that go nowhere (or posting something about work that your boss might read), take the opportunity to get some exercise, kick back and relax with a hot tea, and basically do anything but post.
You will be less likely to come across someone who makes your bad day worse by adding unnecessary drama to it.
You’re up Late
Recent studies have shown that social media is making a lot of us miss out on sleep. And losing z’s can have a lot of consequences, including everything from a bad day at work to weight gain.
The Solution: Make the Bed a Phone-Free Zone
Read a book or reconnect with your significant other. It may be harder to get to sleep the first few days, but soon you will start nodding off right after the lights go out.
It’s Damaging Your Relationship
Every time he likes another woman’s post, it makes you feel some type of way (or vice versa).
The Solution: Take a Step Back
Unfollow each other for a while. If he doesn’t give you any reason to feel funny in real life, maybe you guys just need your space online to be trusted to handle social media responsibly.