My Instagram page has such less followers! How to I double them? What a beautiful website she has and how effortlessly she blogs! Man, I wish I could create viral content like my friend. I’m sure these are some of the thoughts that run in your head too when you open your social media accounts. Today, we spend more time on Facebook, Instagram, Snap chat and Twitter than on any other activity. We’re always logged on to some account or the other and we’re constantly checking to see what new content is added on our feed. What can we say, social media rules and runs our lives!
Social Media Obsessions
The obsession to constantly be connected with people and share our personal lives has both its advantages and disadvantages. While some may think that it brings us closer to family and friends, other think that it gives rise to jealousy and competition. Because, we all want to have what our friends have not because of need, but greed.
However, things are changing. I see a number of people today closing their social media accounts and saying enough! I myself deactivated my Facebook profile because I was just sick of it. I’ve also half made up my mind to shut my Instagram page down because, in all honesty, the algorithms Instagram has come up within the past year has just made it difficult to enjoy the app.
If you’re like me and are also thinking of doing the same, then here are a few reasons as to why a break from social media may benefit you.
You will begin to focus more on yourself
Ultimately, Facebook and Instagram are all about bombarding your friends with live updates. Here’s a newsflash for you—no one cares! Just imagine being flooded with photographs of accomplishments by all your friends. While you may be extremely happy for them, you may also begin to doubt your own capabilities and accomplishments. Hence, break up with social media.
You will concentrate more on living in the moment
Admit it, you’d rather take a million photos of that perfect sunset just so you can put it up on your social media accounts, rather than sit and enjoy it. Social media has conditioned us to take photographs of everything and anything rather than living in that moment and capturing it as a memory. Breaking up with your social media accounts will make you appreciate those finer moments.
Your life won’t be a circus
Most of us are constantly trying to find new ways to create content. We may splurge our money on fine dining, on expensive holidays and multiple shopping sprees just to show people that we’re having a great time in life! When you take a hiatus from social media, you will find that none of this really matters. You may even end up saving more money!
You will gain a lot of free time
I think this is such an important benefit of taking a social media break. Just think, you spend hours scrolling through content to gain inspiration for your own accounts, you’re always editing your content so that it looks fantastic and you literally have not timed because all you do is worry about how to gain more followers! Think of the amount of time you will have for yourself, the second all of this stops. You will have time to take a walk in the park, you will have time to go for a run, buy your groceries, meet your friends, etc, etc.
You’ll learn to be less competitive
The most important benefit I feel of letting go of your social media accounts is that of feeling less competitive. You won’t have to compete with others to put up more posts, you won’t have to compete with your friend with regards to who has more followers and you won’t have to compete at being better. You’ll learn to accept that some people are just better than you at creating viral content and that it’s okay. You’ll learn that life is not meant to be a social media rat race, but rather one to slow down and enjoy the smaller moments.
So, if you find yourself not enjoying the life that much or find that you are spending hours and hours behind apps, it may be good to stop and ask yourself why are you doing this? Taking a break from social media will certainly help you and although it may seem tough at first, I’m sure you will pull through.