Here Are 10 Benefits of a Social Media Detox

Online media has increased extensively throughout the years in the overall development and prominence. This has prompted an insane amount of users to access such sites globally. Certain social mediums like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc are amongst the highly visited web places. Billions of people spend countless hours on their phones using the social media. This has insanely affected the lives of billions of people regardless of their age or castes. Hundreds of studies have shown that social media is causing high psychological complications to almost every person spending their times on the sites. Taking all of this into account, people should re-consider their lives and priorities in general. People should realize the consequences of accessing such sites before its too late. Quitting social media for good will have ever-lasting effects on your life. You might even observe them after a few days.

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Here, we have compiled a list of 10 benefits you’d instantly recognize after quitting the social media.

10. You will feel better about yourself:

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One of the major problems faced by people who use social media is that they start comparing themselves to the people they see on the sites. This greatly affects the self-esteem of an individual. People should consider the fact that whatever they see on social media is nothing but a hoax. And that a fraction of what they see might be close to reality. The most common example related to this problem is when people out of nowhere start comparing themselves to celebrities. This ultimately lowers one’s self-esteem. People have even gone too far by spending thousands of dollars on plastic surgeries to look like them. So, get rid of this pretense place called the social media, you don’t deserve to feel that way.

9. You will have a better privacy:

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Social media provides the best medium for people to share their photos or experiences but this sacrifices one crucial thing, privacy. Not everyone needs to know what you’re up to or where you’re currently at. This leads may serious security complications. People need to be more attentive to the fact that internet is never a safe place and each person’s personal information is at stake. Avoid putting too much information and photos of yourself online. Or better yet, delete all of your data and these apps. This is something not to be taken for granted.

8. You won’t feel the need to validate yourself anymore:

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People on social media always look like they’re in a constant struggle for affirmation. It’s as if they’re putting up a show where they are struck by the need for validation. The number of likes, number of followers, this is what messes most of the people’s lives. Some people assume that they aren’t attractive or likable enough to get attention towards them. This largely deteriorates the self-esteem and confidence of people. If you’re someone who’s insecure just because of the number of likes and followers you have, then that certainly is the most gibberish thing to be insecure from. Get rid of this nonsense and try to validate yourself in things that actually matter. Work, health, passion, to name a few.

7. You will eventually have a different perception of people:

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This is somewhat related to number 10 on this list. Whatever image people may portray of themselves online, it can be completely different from the reality. People nowadays mostly base their friendships online. Just because one posts quotes online does not necessarily mean they are wise. Likewise, just because one shows one random act of kindness on social media, does not mean they are kind. Seems common sense right? But we all tend to fall into this nevertheless.

6. You will get over FOMO:

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FOMO means the fear of being left out. Studies reveal that social media is made to make you feel like you always have to check on all of the notifications so you don’t miss anything. This happens largely to the people who try to stay away from such sites. This is because of the same “fear”. If you’re someone who feels this way, where you always feel the need to check your phone, then start scheduling your usage. Visit the sites only once every day. After that, try your best to abstain from them. It might be hard at first, but after some time, it won’t bother that much, which is absolutely what you need.

5. You will begin living in the moment:

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Do you post about the things you do whenever you move out with your friends or family, while that actual event is still happening? This habit is widely common. People, sometimes unconsciously start posting stuff on Snapchat and whatnot about the gathering but pay less attention to the event itself. This lessens the possibility of spending a great time with the people around you, but somehow posting stuff online becomes more important. It’s not limited to posts, but people try to spend their time visiting and looking at the same sites in such gatherings. All of this collectively kills the interactions and the event becomes less memorable. When you’re not stitched with such addictions, conversations come by naturally and when people have a fun time talking to each other, that is a time well-spent. Which is exactly what should be obtained.

4. You will get plenty of free time:

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If you were to record the statistics of how much time you spend online in a single day, you’ll be a little amazed. Studies show that people on an average spend 2 to 3 hours on social media every day. Now that is a lot of time wasted. Countless productive things can be done and accomplished in those hours. But, people rather choose to waste that time by browsing through the sheer balderdash which is social media. If you get rid of this, you’ll not only find the peace of mind but also a lot of free time which can be used for something far better.

3. You will able to socialize better in the real world:

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Do you find it hard to talk and socialize in person, but easy when online?  Social media is one of the major problems that lead to such behavior. Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, you will always face in person communications in your life. People who spend a lot of time on social media reportedly feel more lonely and anxious. This really deteriorates the self-confidence of an individual. When you’ll free yourself from the social media, you’ll be forced to socialize in-person. Suddenly, you’ll observe your social skills improving. If you find it hard to socialize, find like-minded people who have similar interests or goals like you. This greatly enhances your chances for better conversations.

2. Your mood would improve:

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People who spend more time on social media are known to have a certain degree of depression. All of the preceding discussion states this completely. All of the deceptions that people see online, they think to themselves that everyone seems to live the perfect life, other than theirs. This shatters the self-confidence and self-esteem. If you’re someone who feels that way, then you should stay away from Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram etc. After some time, you will realize that there’s much more to life than just being online, posting and liking posts. You’ll reach a higher state of consciousness, where you won’t be bothered by the small, insignificant things in life.

1.  You will have more gratitude:

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Social media will make you less grateful for what you already have. You tend to drool over the things that other people show off on their profiles. This would make anyone feel bad about themselves. Certain behaviors sometimes lead people to actually buy things they don’t really need. If you realize this early on, that not everything is meant to be in your possession, you will feel gradually better about yourself.

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Article by: Born Realist