Why You NEED to take a Break from Social MediaPayton Foeller
I find I’m getting worse and worse at everyday conversations. Eye contact is not my strong suit.
A lot of that is just my personality, but I think some of it has to do with how little people are required to have face to face interactions. Every once and while I try to take a break or a fast from social media. Maybe you need a break too…
I’d recommend somewhere in the middle. But if you’re a ‘cold turkey’ kind of person then go that route. Our family found a link on Pinterest that was a week long detox. Each day had something to do, or do without, that lead to one whole day of no social media at the end. Whoa! A whole day!? That sounds super easy! Try it. You’d be surprised how many times you reach for your phone and hit the Facebook button.
– turn off notifications for allll apps. Nothing needs to be replied to instantly. If it did, they’d call you.
– no phones at the table or in bed. Just get rid of the temptation during these times and put it on the charger (which you’ll need to move away from your bedside).
-designate a certain time social media is or isn’t allowed. Lunch time and nap time only maybe. Or no Facebook from 5-8 so you can enjoy family time.
-delete the app or account that is the biggest time sucker.
Get the idea? Make it something attainable. But don’t make it easy on yourself. Consider your options, talk it over with your spouse, do it together or embark on this mission alone. Set a time frame or make a permanent change. Note how the changes affect your life along the way. You’ll be surprised, I guarantee it.
Have you ever taken a social media hiatus? A Facebook fast? What steps did you take and how did it work for you?