4 Signs You Should Take A Break From Social Media
In a tech-obsessed society where 500 million tweets are sent per day and 1.50 billion people use Facebook on a regular basis, how can you tell when your own love of “checking in” has gone too far? Dr.Vikas Bhatheja, Ph.D., human psychology expert and psychoanalyst shares some of the most common signs that you should to sign off for a bit.
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Did you spend extra time making your salad look picture-perfect? Think about where you’ll go or what you’ll do with an eye to how it will appear on social media undermines your ability to be yourself.You are not on this earth to please people .
You know way too much about your connections.
“The big warning sign to look out for here is when you start becoming compulsive about knowing the statuses of your social media ‘friends,”
You feel like you don’t measure up to your successful/happy/thriving friends.
Thumbing through your social feed can quickly lead to an inundation of good — and often envy-inducing — news. Witnessing your friends’ promotions, engagements, and extravagant vacations can stir up feelings of jealousy and inadequacy, whether you realize it or not.
You feel anxious when you don’t have access to your phone.
Do you check Facebook at traffic lights or while talking to your friends at the table? Do you refresh your Twitter feed as soon as you wake up or as you’re falling asleep? “The more you’re on social media, the less material you actually have to talk about that’s interesting and worth having other people hear,”
How To Take A Step Back
Start by setting aside a specific time every day for catching up on social media. “Humans have a schedule for exercising, going to work, eating meals, and sleeping. So if one hour per day, at the same time each day, is good enough for dinner, it’s good enough for your news feed,” says Dr.Vikas.
Finally, experiment with temporarily limiting your access. “Challenge yourself to abstaining from social media for a full week, or, if that’s too daunting, just delete Twitter, Instagram and Facebook from your phone for a week,” Dr.Vikas suggests. “Does your life get better or worse? You may find that you feel perfectly satisfied without social media in your life,” says Dr.Vikas.
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