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Social Media Detox – Here’s Why You Should Try It Out

Social Media Detox – Here’s Why You Should Try It Out


It’s the technology age and social media has proven even further that the world is indeed a global village. Online friends have turned best friends and influencers are the new ‘local‘ celebrities. While some argue that social media is the best thing to happen to our generation (and humanity in general), others beg to differ. social media detox.

We like to think that social media, as with any other thing in life, has its fair share of advantages and disadvantages, and one cannot because of its disadvantages cut off social media completely. In a world like ours that is heavily reliant on the internet, social media is necessary to staying abreast of things. 

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In light of the recent occurrences around the world (the coronavirus included), many have turned to social media for breaking news and important information, but being up-to-date has gradually crossed the line from caution to paranoia as events unfold. 

To avoid anxiety or at least to manage it, it’s helpful to frequently undergo a social media detox. This will help protect your mental health and your overall well-being from the waves of toxicity that flies over the internet. By consciously controlling the content you feed on, you can create a ‘Zen-like‘ space for yourself and consequently, build walls of defense against negativities.

What is detoxification?

Detoxification is the removal of impurities from a living person. This is necessary to keep the body healthy as toxins build up regularly.

Hence, social media detoxification can be said to be an individual’s conscious removal or control of social media use and consumption for a set period of time. In biology, detoxification is mostly carried out by the liver, but in the social media space, it is carried out by you. 

Here are a few benefits of implementing social media detox…

It encourages direct human relationship

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The internet has us relating with a wider range of people that we sometimes ignore those closest to us. Some of the loneliest people in real life tend to relate better behind their keypads. By implementing regular detox seasons, you get more time to bond with loved ones. 

You remain rational

Social media can foster fear. Controlling the pages you follow can enable you conquer these fears and keep you rational. There are settings you could put in place to filter the kind of content that pop up on your TL. Much needed if you ask me.

You are more productive

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Social distancing should also include social media. Your detox season is generally a great time to do the things you’ve been procrastinating and ignore the ones that don’t matter. Productive tasks like reading a book, taking an course, or even doing your chores are a far better idea than checking Isabella’s page to see how great or ‘fake‘ her life is. At the end of the day, you’ll be happy you used your time well by being more productive.

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