Four Signs You Desperately Need to Take a Break from Social Media

Ever thought about quitting social media?

I do…at least ONCE every day.

I mean, I’ve said it on the air MANY TIMES, that if I didn’t have to manage Mad Rock’s social media accounts, I probably wouldn’t even have any personal social media accounts.

Chrissy Teigen officially quit Twitter earlier this week, after revealing it was taking a toll on her mental health.

Maybe it’s a good idea for ALL of us to reevaluate our relationship with social media every once in a while.

Here are four signs you might need to take a break from it, just like Chrissy:

1.  You compulsively check your phone.  We’re all way too attached to our phones to begin with, but if you’re checking your notifications, messages, and likes every few minutes, or in a way that affects your job or family time, that’s a big problem.

2.  You wake up or fall asleep feeling “off.”  If you’re waking up worried about something you said or saw on social media the night before, it might be time to set some boundaries with your accounts.

3.  Your real-life interactions are suffering.  If you’ve been interacting with your friends and family less while getting wrapped up in Facebook arguments or scrolling on Instagram, it might be time to reassess your priorities.

4.  You’ve started viewing yourself negatively.  Social media can be dangerous, because people only share things they want you to see.  It’s like viewing a “highlight reel” of their life. So, if you’re constantly comparing yourself to someone else’s highlights, it might make you feel anxious, depressed, or lonely when your life doesn’t quite measure up.  If that happens, it’s definitely time for a break. 


(USA Today)

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