For the past 12 days I have practiced unplugging from the social media world. I’ll admit, this wasn’t an easy task but I was able to successfully limit my screen time to under 2 hours a day.
Although social media connects us to millions around the globe, it can also disconnect us from what’s healthy. As I suffer from mental illness and depression, I see first hand the negative effects of social media.
Did you know that social media effects the following:
- mental health
- attention span
- human connection
Social media has been proven to cause people to feel anxious and depressed. One can become solely focused with concerning themselves with the feelings of strangers who “follow” them even though they really don’t know who you are. The endless barrage of filtered photos can also cause poor self-esteem as you begin to compare your reality to someone’s insta-life. Let’s not forget our human connection. While glued to that lit up screen, it can be difficult to interact with others in person. Those lit up screens also play a big role in our poor sleeping patterns.
While I did find it hard to stay away from social media permanently, I did find other activities to distract myself. And as a result, I have seen a better connection with my family and better sleep each night. For instance, instead of screen time, we played a round or two of UNO or played fetch with our dachshund. I also took the time to work out more and take in more nature walks instead of grabbing my phone every few minutes.
Even though social media does have it’s advantages, I encourage you to look up every now and then and unplug. You’ll enjoy the benefits.