A break from social media

How often do you use social media? Are you spending too much time on Facebook and losing out time for doing something worthwhile? If yes, then you are not alone in this case. According to reports, an average user spends 2 hours and 24 minutes per day on social media in 2020.
  Social media has become an inseparable part of our everyday life. It is always there with us right from the moment we wake up until the moment we fall asleep. Social media has both it’s share of advantages and disadvantages. Facebook at one hand helps bring the community closer and let’s one find new friends and connect instantly while on the other side social media at times affect one’s mental health easily when people start comparing their lives with others and land up being depressed.
  A break from social media at times, therefore, becomes a necessity to get back your sanity and most importantly to break free from its spell. Some of the ways to snooze social media can be the following.
1) Put down your phone- when you are with your friends you should make it a point to not check your phone every now and then and enjoy being with them at the present. Living in the present and enjoying the moments should be more important for you than being there just for the sake of posting stories on social media. While being with your friends keep your phone upside down so that you won’t check it often.
2) Schedule “social media free days” –
Take a day off or two from social media. Decide on a day or maybe choose the weekends to not waste your time scrolling Facebook or Instagram but instead try to invest your time on learning new skills or doing something productive. Get back to your long lost hobbies. Enjoy your weekend by spending quality time with your family or meet new people offline.
3) Turn off notification – you can turn off notifications of the apps where you know you waste excessive time than required without even knowing. Set alarms or download any app that would restrict your screen time and limit your access to social media, ultimately helping you get rid of its addiction.
4) Respond offline- try staying in touch with your friends offline. If you get any birthday notifications on Facebook, or if you see your friends getting married than instead of writing congratulations on their posts, better make a phone call and congratulate them. This would have a greater impact on your friendship.
5) Deactivate social media altogether- well, this could look like an impossible task for many, but you can at least give it a try for a week. Challenge yourself to take a break from social media for a week and see the amount of time you have saved from getting wasted on scrolling the screen looking at memes, viewing people’s stories and feeling miserable about not having such an adventurous or romantic life like most people try to show on their social media platforms of living a perfectly happy life.
So readers, try doing the above-mentioned steps, if you truly value your time and if you think you can utilise it on doing certain other productive activities. We all have to live in the real world in the end, so socialising with people in reality than socialising more online would help you grow better in life. Go ahead and try taking a break from social media, today. You won’t regret it, for sure!