We have all heard the term social media detox or social media break. But what does it mean? And is it really necessary? Read on to find out more about my own social media detox.
The world so inundated with blue light now it’s sickening! Literally. The blue light that comes from our smart TV’s, tablets, laptops and cell phones are quickly taking over our minds. Studies show our eyesight, sleep, and mental health is worse than ever. Which is why more electronics and eye glasses are including blue light filters and coatings.
But is this the real answer? Probably not. Is there something else that can be done from time to time to shield our eyes and mind? Yes. Try a social media detox. Pull back from all the selfies, posting, responding, following, subscribing, and viewing that we do on the multiple social media platforms every single
day of our lives.
Now there are some people out there who can just quit social media, cold turkey for a week or two. But for those of us who can’t, that’s where the social media detox can help.
Every social media detox is different based on so many things and there are so many different levels to it based on how much time you spend per day online.
Take me for example. I am a blogger and YouTuber, who is also opening an online store soon and runs a Facebook Group. Which means EVERYTHING I do is online and involves social media. If I am not creating written or video content. I am engaging with my audience, sifting through emails, doing research, taking pictures, taking notes, thinking of marketing strategies and keeping up with all the technical duties that come along with running a website. So just think of this as the bare minimum
then through it all trying to stay relevant. It’s a lot right?
The demands of life off-line are hard enough, but to take on additional demands that don’t pay for the roof over your head can be even harder. People like me do it because we want to create a better future for our families. We have gifts to share with the world, and we genuinely have a passion for what we are doing.
But at some point we need a break from the norm. The busy life of blue light is really not all there is to life. It’s better to actually go smell a real flower than just look at a flower on screen. Right? So this past spring break I decided to detox from social media as much as possible. I took a step back from daily posts, participation in Facebook group threads, twitter chats, instastories, engaging with followers, updating my website, blog posts, and YouTube videos.
Instead I slept in. Caught up on doctor appointments I put off. Got out of the house for no real reason. Caught up on all of my favorite TV shows and viewed some new ones. I felt lazy but really didn’t care. My mental and physical health is way
more important then 24hrs of day filled with expectations that I may never satisfy. Let me tell you, there is nothing more refreshing than to take a break from the norm to just breathe.
Was it easy? Honestly no. I still pulled up Instagram, Facebook, and my email at times to scroll through it. I responded to maybe 5 comments. It was really hard. I did a good job keeping my laptop closed but my cellphone was another story. It’s so addictive! I honestly think I was afraid of missing out on something important or being the last to know abut something.
When I think about my social media detox, I think about how necessary it was. I think about how peaceful it was to unplug and just live in the present. Life goes on whether I am online or off. and social media will still be hustling and bustling when I decide to go back to it.
Would you ever go on a social media detox? Have you every went on a social media detox? If so, how did you feel while you were on it? Did you learn anything about yourself during your break? Let me know in the comments. Until next time Roses!
Source: Olena Rosanne