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Why you need a social media detox

When we hear the word ‘detox’, we think of hardcore addicts who need to go to rehab and be purged of the harmful substances they have ingested.

We then assume that since we are nothing like that then we don’t have a social media addiction. However, what is the first thing you do when you wake up? How often do you check your social media updates in a day? How do you feel when it seems no one has viewed or liked your social media posts?

These are all indications of social media addiction.

On the other hand, you may say to yourself, “I know I have an addiction but, at least it is not as if I am abusing drugs. It is not hurting anyone. I have a safe addiction.”

However, if you really look at it, there is no such thing. What is the quality of life you are living? 

Let me put it in perspective for you by outlining the reasons you need a social media detox.

1. Time consumption

When you are on YouTube or Instagram, an hour or two can easily fly by without you realizing it. With social media platforms like Twitter, you may spend only a few minutes per time but I bet you check at least 5 times a day.

2. Encouraging narcissistic tendencies

The likes, retweets, comments are often sources of validation that can easily puff up your ego and before you know it, you are swept away by your ‘influencer’ status. This can lead to narcissism.

3. Poor mental health

Often what is presented on social media is false realities and if one is not careful, we can get depressed or anxious because we feel we are not measuring up. 

4. Puts your privacy at risk

Anyone can easily scroll through your feed and get a lot of information about you. This may be used to hack your account, for cyberbullying or to harm you in real life.

Do you now see why you need some time off social media?

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