Social media is literally the root of our lives.
Most of us start and end our days on social media. The other day I was having a discussion with two of my friends and one said that she took a break from social media because there was too much pressure that came with it. I didn’t really understand because I hardly ever feel any pressure from social media. But then why should you take a break from social media?
1. You focus on others more than yourself
There are many people who look at what people post on social media and tend to compare themselves to them. If you find yourself looking at people on social media and wishing you were more like them then you need to take a step back and take some time for yourself. If you find yourself obsessed with what other people are doing then this is a sign that you need to be more obsessed with your life.
2. You are mostly envious of people on social media
Do you see people on social media and just feel bad all the time? We tend not to see the struggles or low points in the lives of others, which makes us feel more conscious of our own flaws. So, you’re there admiring people who would never post their own low moments and feeling bad about your own life. This would then pressurize you into trying to live beyond your means or showcase a life that is not truly yours in the first place.
3. You constantly need people’s validation
Do you feel like you constantly post to just see how many likes you’re going to get? Are you always living your life on social media trying to seek validation?
4. You think communicating on social media is enough for maintaining a friendship
Most people nowadays tend to assume that checking up on friends on social media is enough to keep a friendship going. We assume we know what is going on in other people’s lives just because you see their stories or what they constantly post. However, if you mostly keep checking up on friends or family but never actually take the time to hangout with them physically, there could be a big problem.
5. Your relationship is suffering
Do you keep checking on your partner’s status? do you keep stalking your partner on social media? Well, social media can have serious negative effects on your relationship especially if your partner is very popular on social media. You might need to take a break so that you maintain your sanity and your relationship as well.
Lastly, if you feel like social media overwhelms you and makes you feel lonely or just out of touch with reality then trust me you need a break from the online community. You can take this time to know yourself a bit more, have real conversations and create new and interesting hobbies.