Thoughts about social media pause
Did you ever wonder why many of your friends suddenly disappeared from social media? It becomes obvious especially when their disappearance was so abrupt. There has to be some of the reasons why…
Social media is glorious fun and a colossal time-suck, not to mention pretty darn addictive. Here’s what happens when you pull the plug, even for a short hiatus.
Social media is riddled with contradictions. It can be fun but also infuriating. It can make you feel less alone, but also trigger feelings of isolation and inadequacy. And can we talk about the trolls? If you’re spending a lot of time on social media, or on your phone in general, it can be hard to imagine life without it. However, there are plenty of reasons to consider taking a break from endless scrolling. If you’re ready to take the plunge, here are some things to expect when you take a break from social media.
You’ll get more work done, and you’ll do it faster
When you don’t have to worry about your devices buzzing left and right, you could find your productivity levels shooting through the roof. “The thing about social media is that it constantly interrupts us.”
You’ll get your creative juices flowing
If you find yourself stuck in a creative block, it might have something to do with your social media habits. Thevkey to an imaginative mind is taking breaks every now and then while you work with something other than social media. “Having that social media in the background and calling to you and asking you things interferes with your creativity.” By giving up social media entirely, you rid yourself of these nagging notifications and allow your creativity to flourish.
You’ll feel more self-assured
When we post on social media, we tend to share only the happy, exciting parts of our lives that we want others to see. This may seem harmless, but when we’re seeing only people at their best, it’s easy to feel like we’re falling behind by comparison. This tendency to negatively compare ourselves to those who we believe are superior is what psychologists call upward social comparison.
You’ll get more sleep
You take a quick minute to check one notification on Instagram before bed when suddenly you realize you’ve been browsing, liking, and commenting long past your bedtime.
You’ll strengthen your face-to-face relationships.
Sure, social media can be an excellent way to stay in touch with old friends or family from out of town, but cutting ties with the Internet can work wonders for your tangible friendships. Face-to-face interpersonal relationships are generally much stronger than those conducted solely online, and taking a breather from your social media accounts forces you to focus on these real-world interactions.
You’re less likely to get bored
Who hasn’t pulled out their phone while waiting in line at the grocery store, thinking a check of your phone could help alleviate the tedium? But researchers at Kent State who studied 41 college students found the opposite effect. “Amazingly, boredom increased over the 30-minute bout of social media use,” says Andrew Lepp, PhD, an associate professor at Kent State University who specializes in the psychology of social media usage. If you’re not mindlessly scrolling through your feeds, you might choose a more mentally engaging activity to banish your boredom, like working on a crossword or reading a book.
Final thoughts ,..
Take time often to give yourself a long, sustained experience of peace. Let go of all cares, concerns, pressures, and let yourself enjoy the pure experience of being.
There is much you wish to accomplish, problems to solve, goals to achieve, and that’s great. But you can’t be going and doing nonstop all the time or you’ll burn yourself out.
You deserve a peaceful pause. Give yourself one regularly, and often.
At some point, efforts stacked on top of efforts begin to yield diminishing returns. Before you reach that point, stop and refresh your body, mind, and spirit with a time of peace and rest.
Just because you can always stay connected and engaged, doesn’t mean it’s in your best interest, or anyone else’s, to do so. Make your efforts more productive, more creative, more effective, by taking a regular break from them.
Allow time and space for a refreshing sense of peace to wash over you, to cleanse you, to fill you with new energy and purposefulness. Breathe deeply, relax fully, be at peace.