How to Do a Social Media Detox and Why You Need One
Social media is a huge part of our lives now. It allows us to communicate with people from all over the world, to learn about the latest news, and to express ourselves on many different outlets. While this is amazing, social media can also be overwhelming — and sometimes, it can help to do a social media detox.
Why You Might Need a Social Media Detox
A social media detox simply means taking a break from using social media for a certain period of time. But why might you need one?
The constant barrage of messages, posts, emails, ads, and arguments on social media can become a lot. Plus, most people only show their best selves on social media, leading us to sometimes feel like everyone else is better off than we are.
Social media can also become addictive. Research has shown that checking it gives our brains a little shot of dopamine, the “feel good” chemical. While this sounds good, it often leads to feelings of letdown as we’re glued to the screen without much benefit from it.
If you feel overwhelmed by your social media pages or notice yourself checking them extremely often without a reason to, you might need to detox from social media.
Doing so can actually give you the break you need to experience life outside of your computer or phone screen. You’ll be amazing at how much more you can experience when there isn’t social media to go to.
Interested in trying it? Below is exactly how you can start your own social media detox as soon as you want.
How to Detox from Social Media
- Decide on how long you want to do the detox.
This is good to know beforehand so you can stick to it. Some studies show that it can take three whole months for the brain to “heal” from the chemical reactions it has to social media, but you don’t have to go that long. A good starting place is anywhere from a week to a month, or at least a few days.
Deactivate your social media accounts.
This will keep you from impulsively checking them without thinking and eliminate any notifications that will draw you in.
- Remove your phone apps.
Out of sight, out of mind!
Let friends and family know.
This isn’t absolutely necessary, but letting other people know you’re temporarily quitting social media might keep them from pestering you if you’re not answering their comments or posts. They might even be able to help you through the detox or do it with you.
Find another activity.
Think about how much time you use on social media. Chances are, it’s a lot. What can you use to replace that time? Think of other activities you can enjoy but never had time for before. That could be reading, exercising, starting a new hobby or picking up an old one, talking with friends or family face-to-face, etc.
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