Could you do it? Could you give up social media for a long weekend? Given the Easter long weekend is on our doorstep, this could be the perfect time to try.
Don’t tweet, don’t like, don’t blog, don’t tumble, don’t snap, don’t vine, and don’t do whatever the hip word they use for Instagram is. If I’ve missed anything, I apologise for being out of touch, the Internet moves really fast these days.
You may be thinking “Are you crazy? Why are you writing about this?” Or you may be thinking about clicking on the Facebook tab you have open on your browser or taking a selfie. Please stick with me for just a minute.
Social media addiction
There has been debate around the addictive nature of social media for some time now. Just Google “social media addiction” and you will be presented with pages of results discussing the very subject.
While you may or may not feel like you are addicted, if you are reading this blog in your browser with 4 other tabs open for your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, or if you’ve glanced over at your phone several times while reading this, it may be a good idea to give it a break for a while. It’s not an uncommon sight to see a gathering of people sitting silently and staring at their phone. In fact in Japan they even have a phrase for it: “Smartphone Zombies”.
Why take a break?
There are two ways we interact with social media: incoming and outgoing. Or in other words, what we consume from other people and what we create for the consumption of others.
Here are some reasons to take a break from both sides of the coin:
Just give it a rest
Cook yourself an awesome meal and don’t take a picture of it (definitely don’t blog about it either). Put on a fancy outfit (no selfies) and go have a nice long weekend without social media. You don’t need to quit it entirely, social media is still awesome. I just believe that those of us who can admit that we are somewhat addicted or perhaps check our phones a little too often can benefit from a rest every now and then.
All I’m suggesting is just one long weekend, your brain will thank you for it and maybe even your friends and family.
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