There is no denying that social media has many perks. It helps us keep in touch with people, spread and find information really quickly, share our thoughts and ideas, etc. However, every medal has its reverse. A lot of people spend too much time on social media, which leads to fear of missing out and other psychological problems. Here are five signs you should take a break from social media.
Sign #1. You log in just to take a quick look and you're still scrolling an hour later. Social media is a major time-sucker. People can spend hours on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram instead of doing important things. If you realize that you can't get anything done because you're spending so much time on social media, it's time to take a break.
Sign #2. You feel separation anxiety when you don't have Internet access. The idea of leaving your phone at home freaks you out. You try to avoid transport with bad reception. When you go out with friends, you spend half of your time looking at your phone instead of talking to them. Checking Facebook is the first thing you do when you wake up and the last thing you do before you go to sleep. All these are signs of an unhealthy obsession with social media. Relax, the world isn't going to end if you miss a tweet or a comment.
Sign #3. You are constantly comparing yourself to others and it is making you miserable. Witnessing your friends' achievements and happy events makes you jealous and you cannot find it in you to be genuinely happy for them. The problem is that on social media people often come across happier and more successful than they really are, because they post positive things and keep negative things to themselves. Social media isn't an accurate representation of reality, and you shouldn't perceive it as such.
Sign #4. You can't eat without Instagramming your meal first or do anything without tweeting about it. You really think that your friends on social media should know what you're doing at all times. The next stage of social media obsession is doing things just so that you can share with your friends what you're doing. Hate to break it to you but only a few people actually care about your updates.
Sign #5. Your relationships have become superficial. Social media is great for catching up with friends and relatives who live far away. But if you've started using it as your primary means of communication, you have problems. Chatting on Facebook or exchanging tweets will never be able to replace real-life communication, and it is not okay to prefer communication via social media to spending time with your friends and family.
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