By Kin Mabuan
For many of us, having an omnipresent digital version of ourselves has been easy, thanks to the pervasiveness of smartphones and wireless Internet. These days, there is barely any email that goes unread, no photo not Liked, and no demand for attention in the pretext of a status message is not affirmed. Social media has revolutionized the way we communicate, and our desire to stay in touch all the time inevitably fell into our already fast-growing pile of “needs”.
On the one hand, staying connected has its merits especially at a time where being busy is glorified. It helps us remember important dates, allows us to share information in real time, and gives us a preview of the events we might have missed. But just like everything else, it has its flipside. If in the distant past people only communicated through letters, the landline, and vague body language, social media now allows to everyone where we had pizza for lunch, which of our Nikes we’re currently wearing, and where we went for drinks after work. Before the Internet has swallowed us whole, our concept of what’s important was mostly defined by the significant events in our lives, but today everything we post online puts us at the risk of over-sharing.
Let’s face it: while social media has a wealth of perks that make our lives unbelievably comfortable, it can also get quite addictive. And just like any other addiction, we can either police ourselves or watch it get out of hand, or worse harm us in ways we never imagined. Thankfully, a lot of people are becoming more sensitive of their social media activities and are taking it upon themselves to go on a social media diet, detox even. If you have any inkling that you’re into deep a relationship with your phone and social networks, here are five ways you can go on a social media detox and get back in touch with your real life.
Disconnecting for a while may not be easy but if you make it through your social media detox, the benefits will feel liberating. Don’t worry, you’ll live.
Kin is a full-time writer and does extra rice extermination on a part-time basis. She collects books, socks, and Happy Meal toys using the loose change that ends up at the bottom of her backpack. She is also on Twitter (@knitsofkin) for some reason.
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