Monday, 28 August 2017

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

I think I will always have a love/hate relationship with social media. On the one hand, there are a lot of 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 online. Social media definitely has its advantages, but at the same time there are also a lot of negatives that can come from it. Whether this is pressure to constantly live up to everyone else's versions of life, the need to always appear perfectly happy, or the fear that when we're not scrolling and consuming we're missing out, social media definitely has it's drawbacks. 
Whilst I do believe that social media can be a wonderful things to use and enjoy to its full potential, I also think it's incredible important that we step away from the online world for the sake of our mental health, and here's why.

 THERE’S TOO MUCH ROOM FOR COMPARISON… Whilst it can be motivating and 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… Whilst apps like can instagram can inspire imagination, I also feel like it can damage it. Since my creativity has been focused on instagram captions, or 140 character tweets, it deserts me when it comes to more extravagant things like writing. I also used to spend the majority of my spare time as a child writing stories, poems, songs, and letting my imagination run wild, whereas nowadays a lot of that time is taking up by scrolling through social media apps and watching everyone else be creative. Stepping away from my phone allows me to feel so much more free and inventive, allowing my imagination to thrive like it used to. 

IT’S NOT THE REAL WORLD… There is so much embellishment on social media and most of us are definitely guilty of this. 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 rare that 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… The thought of totalling the amount of time I have spent on social media scares me far too much. All too often I find myself wasting half an hour in bed as I scroll through my phone in the morning, or not ticking off my to-do list properly because I added 15 more minutes of scroll time onto my dinner break. 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 in 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?
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  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

    www.natalieleanne.com

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  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!

    Steph
    www.socialspying.com

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

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  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! :-)

    -Lor
    acozyspace.com

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

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  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 | http://evercoastblog.com/

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    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

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  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!

    http://justmejaydee.blogspot.co.uk

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