We’ve all heard it by now: Social media is a part of our lives, whether we want to accept it or not.
But there’s good news: We still have the ability to maintain control of our lives in the midst of this inevitable reality. No really.
There is a plethora of literature online that tells us ways to detox from social if we are becoming too inundated with it. (i.e: turning off your notifications, not using your data, etc.)
But sometimes, that simply isn’t enough.
Why? Because for many of us, although we may have shut off all alerts, you’re psychologically still tied to your social media accounts because you’re technically still online and active. So although you probably don’t want to, you often find yourself wondering what’s going on in your newsfeed, and feel compelled to log in so that you can see Sally’s dinner photo or Allen’s picture of his dog.
All of this serves nothing more than an unnecessary distraction from other more critical things you should probably be concerning yourself with – like that assignment for night school you still haven’t started or even just getting some exercise in.
If you’re part of the generation of millennials, like myself, (those born between the early 80’s and early 90’s), then you will remember a time, a very peaceful and tranquil time, when we were living our lives without all of this ‘noise’.
So that reason alone should be a motivating factor to simply ‘go back in time’ in order to refocus, get your priorities accomplished, and then, when you actually have the time to ‘socially unwind’, go back online. You’re just a login away.
But what if someone wants to contact you through social media?
Well, the reality is that if anyone is using social media as their primary means of contacting you, then you obviously aren’t all that close with them anyway and whatever they want to communicate, can likely wait until you’ve made yourself available again.
On the same token, anyone you are close with will likely have your number to be able to contact you, anyway.
I don’t advocate deleting any social media apps off your phone – because it would become quite the nuisance to re-download it every time you decided to use it again. There is no need to go overboard here.
Just simply acknowledge the fact that a particularly mindless, time-consuming behaviour needs to be put to bed for a while in order to focus on other important things.
So from a fellow social media nut to another, don’t hesitate to deactivate for a while. It will do your body, mind, and soul all kinds of good. Your desire to keep checking in will immediately dissipate and you will discover a whole new world out there – one where you can really see the things around you, through your own eyes – rather than a screen – an almost forgotten sense of awareness and reality that is so important to our overall happiness.
Please check out my similar post on the woes of mobile device addiction here.