Benefits of a digital detox
In today’s world social media has become a norm. A typical part of our day to day life is checking on our social media platforms and even posting regularly. Social media certainly has its benefits such as learning about various topics, staying connected with friends/family who live elsewhere, and promoting businesses. However, there are many disadvantages to these platforms in which studies have shown. People have reported that spending time on these social media platforms can lead to increased anxiety, loneliness, and overall can be huge time wasters. Here are 3 reasons why you can benefit from a social media detox.
Practice being present
It can be a struggle to stay in the present moment when we are consumed on social media platforms especially when we are mindless scrolling. By removing the distraction of spending time on social media we gain the focus and energy to stay in the present moment. We can focus on tasks at hand, in person conversations, and be more in touch with what is happening in the world around us. When approving our ability to be present we can find more calmness and ease in our everyday lives.
Decrease stress and anxiety
Social media often can make us feel stressed. Whether that be reading about the news or finding ourselves comparing our lives to others. Many negative emotions can arise from these scenarios. By reducing your consumption you can focus on your own life more. For example, setting goals for yourself, completing tasks, and doing activities that bring you more joy!
More time on your hands
According to various studies, the average person spends around 3.5 hours a day on their phone. That is about half of someone’s entire day. If you focus your time on your phone more efficiently and not scrolling through your feeds you can free up time in your day. When you take a break from checking your phone so often you will start to lose the compulsive need to open up social media.
How to go about a digital detox
1. Allow yourself to only check social media platforms for a set amount a time a day
2. Access what apps you spend the most time on and focus on checking them less.
3. Set goals for yourself. For example, not going on social media before 10 AM or after 10 PM, or only using a platform certain days of the week.