Monday, 28 August 2017

Taking A Step Away From Social Media And Why This Is So Important

I will always have a love/hate relationship with social media. On the one hand, there are so many things I enjoy about it. I like the fact that I can be creative with my photographs on instagram, I like that I can keep in touch with old friends through Facebook, I like that I can be kept up to date with the world through twitter and I love that I can gain inspiration and joy from the people that I follow whenever I want to. Social media does have a number of positive aspects, but at the same time, there are also lots of negatives that can come from it. Whether it’s a pressure to appear perfect or always seem happy, or the fear that we’ll somehow miss out on something important by not being glued to our phones, social media definitely has its drawbacks.
Whilst I think it’s perfectly okay to use and enjoy social media to its full potential, because lets face it it's definitely a huge part of our lives, I also think it’s incredibly important that we step away from the online world for the sake of our mental health/happiness and here’s why.

 THERE’S TOO MUCH ROOM FOR COMPARISON… Whilst it can be motivating/inspiring to see how other people live their lives, it's also far too easy to fall into the deep dark pit of comparison. I know that I personally find it very easy to start comparing everything about myself to other people and when you’re constantly looking at everyones best bits on social media, your mental health is going to suffer. If you’re logging onto instagram and coming away feeling low about yourself, you need to clear out your feed or delete the app. If you can stop these negative feelings from coming, do it.

IT CAN HINDER IMAGINATION… I know I mentioned above that instagram allows me to be creative with my photos, and social media does encourage creativity in a lot of different ways, but sometimes I find myself lacking the imagination that I used to have. When I’m constantly writing instagram captions or 140 character tweets, my brain seems to get stuck in that level of imagination so that when I come to do something more extravagant, like work on a novel, my imagination isn’t there. When I was younger, I would spend my spare time with a pen and notebook in hand, writing stories, poems, songs, and letting my imagination go wild. Nowadays, the amount of time I spend on social media can make my imagination feel incredibly flat and I find that stepping away allows me to feel so much more free and inventive.

IT’S NOT THE REAL WORLD… There is so much embellishment on social media. We all do it. It makes sense to want to share the best and most interesting parts of our lives, which is fine to do, but it becomes a problem when we start to forget that fact. No one is going to post every aspect of their day on social media, and it’s very rare you’ll see someone post about the bad bits. A persons profile is more often than not the highlights of their life and it doesn’t represent how things really are.

IT WASTES SO MUCH TIME… It honestly scares me so much to think how much time I’ve spent scrolling through other people lives. Instead of getting out of bed in the morning and getting on with my day, I spend half an hour laying in bed looking at what other people are doing. Instead of watching a film properly and getting immersed in the story, half of my attention is on a tweet about a film someone else is watching. Instead of enjoying every second I can with my family and friends, I’m wasting time that could be spent making my own memories looking at the memories other people have created. We need to remind ourselves that the world doesn’t begin and end on our phones, and if we miss something that’s going on with someone else’s life, that only means we’ve gained more time to spend on our own.

Do you find yourself spending too much time on social media?




  1. I definitely spend a lot of time on social media, but I make sure I have lots of offline time too to balance it all out xxx

  2. You've mentioned great points here! I probably relate the most to the issue of wasting time! I'm constantly on some social media platform-which means I'm well aware of what's happening in everyone else's world but losing time on focusing on my own (as you mentioned).

    I'm hoping that when I get to uni and get back to a routine my time spent online will exponentially decrease!


    1. Thank you! Yeah it's scary how much time I waste just scrolling through social media sites! Me too <3 xxx

  3. Absolutely love this post! I've mentioned on my blog before how I often take social media breaks - for all the reasons you just listed. On one hand, it's inspiring and fun. And on the other, you have to be careful with things like comparison, the green monster of envy, or even FOMO. I find I go through different spurts: I have times where I'm on it more than others. Nowadays, I keep my Instagram logged out and usually go on every couple of days as opposed to several times a day. It feels very refreshing and liberating! Great post! :-)


    1. Thank you I'm so glad you liked it! :) I completely agree, sometimes it's better to just get rid! <3 xxx

  4. I also have a love/hate relationship with social media. I think it can be a place of such positivity and inspiration, but on the other hand, it can be overwhelming in the sense that you constantly see people doing things when maybe you aren't doing much at the time. It can be hard to stay away from the negative feelings, but it's so important to go through who you're following!

    Carrie |

    1. I agree! I recently unfollowed some people that were adding negativity to my feed and I feel so much better for it <3 xxx

  5. Love this post! I did an essay on social media whilst I was at University & I more or less said the same as you within it. It's crazy how we revolve around social media, but taking a break from it makes you appreciate the little things more than viewing things on a screen!