Summer is a time for disconnecting from your work and routines and for enjoying life and especially your hobbies. But in today’s information-driven world, it can be hard to break the habits you maintain during the year. You’re probably used to checking Facebook every morning at breakfast or posting constant tweets while watching your favorite TV show. Maybe you spend more time uploading photos to Instagram than actually enjoying the great outdoors. Like it or not, social media platforms have become a regular (and sometimes unhealthy) part of our everyday lives.
Remember those summer days that seemed endless, when you used to spend long hours relaxing and having fun without even thinking about technology? You can still have that! But you’ll have to reduce your phone and social media use. Not sure how to do that? Don’t worry, in today’s article, we’re going to share some foolproof tips on how to break your internet habit. We hope you find them helpful.
How does social media affect your health?
We spend more than 30% the day on our social media habit. That might not sound like much, but keep in mind that you spend 33% of the day sleeping. That means you spend only 37% of your life offline, fully enjoying your free time. Since mobile phones have come into our lives, it’s not unusual to see a group of friends sitting together in silence, with each person looking at social media. Do you know how much social media has affected our lives? Here are some examples:
- It affects your sleep- If you spend hours staring at a screen, especially before bed, you’ll take longer to fall asleep, and in the long run, you may develop chronic sleep deficiency and insomnia. According to recent studies, excessive phone use can even cause serious health problems like cancer. If you’re spending 30% of your day checking social media, breaking that addiction for a time will improve your quality of life.
- It affects your mental health- For some time, psychology experts have identified social media as an important contributor to feelings of loneliness, social anxiety, and depression. Studies carried out by the University of Houston have found that it can cause mood disorders due to people’s tendency to compare their lives with those portrayed on social media.
- It causes FOMO- One of the new technology-generated mental illnesses is FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), or the exaggerated fear of missing something important on social media and being excluded from one’s friend group. FOMO also causes an excessive need to know what everyone else is doing and to compare one’s lifestyle to theirs, generating narcissism and the need for approval due to low self esteem.
As you can see, not everything about social media is wonderful, and although these networks can be used for wonderful things, such as maintaining contact with distant friends and relatives, they can be dangerous. Does this mean you should delete your Facebook and Instagram accounts? Of course not! But you should certainly take a break from them, especially during your much-deserved summer vacation.
How to take a necessary break from social media
Restrict your technology use to certain times of day
Our first tip to break your social media habit this summer is really easy. Plan technology-free hours throughout the day. During these times, you’ll be absolutely prohibited from looking at your phone or checking social media. We recommend planning some of your phone and screen-free hours before you go to bed, so you can sleep longer and better.
Limit the time you spend on social media
This is closely linked to the point above. Aside from spending time on activities not related to technology, we recommend limiting your activity on social media for the remainder of the day. Enjoy a good movie or TV show with your friends, or if you prefer, have fun playing your favorite video game. Being in front of a screen doesn’t mean you always need to have Facebook, Twitter or Instagram open.
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