Social media is basically our social lives these days. Every meal delivered to your table is content for your instagram account. While it can be fun (occasionally) to show our friends and followers what we’re up to, keeping up social accounts can really drag you down. There’s definitely stress and pressure that comes with being a social media maven, and if you’re one who uses social media for work or as a news source, it’s that much worse. For those who constantly have their phone in hand, here are three signs you might need a break…
You feel awful: Screens can destroy us. Too much TV, video games, or time online can have a terrible effect on our brains. When you get that feeling that your head is swimming, that’s a good sign that you need to get out of the social media pool. If you have to be on your accounts a lot at work, take some time off from them at home.
You can’t live in the real world: Your phone is more than likely (unfortunately) the first and last thing you touch every day. How many times have you gone out to dinner with friends and noticed that everyone has their phone sitting in front of them on the table? Even at a time when you get to be social in person, you can’t get away from your phone. When you can’t disconnect long enough to enjoy the company of others, you need a break from social media.
You keep reaching for it: How many times have you picked up your phone only seconds after setting it down? Is it a FOMO thing? I’m not sure, but I know it’s a problem. Even in the car, every time you stop at a red light, you’re reaching for your smartphone. Be mindful of this the next time you’re in the car and you might start preaching to yourself that it’s time to take a break.