How and Why to Take a Break From Social Media

While it was fun for a while, you’ve had it with Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Your feed has turned into a constant flow of political diatribes, endless selfies from friends who love themselves way too much, and colleagues who wax groundless conspiracy theories about current events.

Or maybe you’re simply sick of the phoniness of it all, with your friends faking the high life, when you know it’s all a façade.

As USA TODAY reported last year, a comprehensive social media study in 14 countries found comparing yourself to others on Facebook is more likely to leave you feeling depressed than when you do so offline.

Regardless of the reason, you might need a break. Or your partner thinks you’re addicted (and you secretly know it’s true). Even with their massive audiences, celebrities can do it, so why can’t you?

If it’s time to take a social media “time out,” consider the following suggestions on successfully pulling it off.

Cold turkey or limited access?

The first thing you need to decide is if you should completely unplug from social media or simply want it under control. Either option is fine. But you’ll need to figure out if you should rip the Band-aid off and fully abstain from social media, or give yourself a bit of a detox, and merely cut it back to, say, 30 minutes a day. Or maybe you uninstall social media on your smartphone — to resist the temptation of opening your favorite app on the one device you always have with you – but instead you schedule a few minutes of screen time on a personal computer, perhaps after dinner. It’s not a one-size-fits-all scenario, but ask yourself what kind of a break you need. Maybe don’t officially delete your account(s) just yet, as you might regret such a drastic move later – especially with all those memories archived.

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Source: USA Today