All of us are aware of the pros and cons of social media use and how it affects our thoughts, emotions, self-esteem and even our health. Yet we are increasingly becoming addicted to it. Here are 10 signs that you need to get serious, quit social networking and digitally detox yourself.
I Want To Quit Social Media.
That’s it! THAT IS IT. I am done with social media. I am tired of all the stupid, meaningless posts. I am tired of wasting my time. I am tired of thinking about who liked, commented or viewed my posts. I am tired of staring at my phone like a zombie. I am tired of scrolling through the feeds mindlessly. THIS is where it stops. From now on I am going to use my time smartly. I am going to get enough rest. I am going to spend more time outdoors. Meet the people I love. Workout. Meditate. Journal. Be mindful. Be happy.
Damn it! Just as my phone vibrates and a new notification pops up on my screen, I mechanically pick up my phone and dive back into the dark abyss of mindless scrolling. Let’s face it…most of us have been here. You have thought about it many times even if you were unable to act on it. Why? These social media platforms are smart. They are deliberately designed to keep us hooked. To keep us engaged so that we spend as much time on their platforms as possible. Whether it’s Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, TikTok, YouTube, Facebook or whatever platform you may use, these social networking apps are addictive and by using them, for lack of a better term, “mindlessly”, we allow them to control our mind.
Social networking apps regulate our mood, our emotions, what we think, how we behave, who we connect with, and who we ignore – these apps control our lives, if you think about it. It makes us unfairly compare the worst aspects of our lives with the best aspects of another person. It affects our self-esteem, our confidence, our relationships, makes us want more from our lives (even if we don’t really need it), and keeps us from being happy with what we have. Even those good for nothing motivational quotes are useless. One minute you are feeling all spiritual and stuff, and then you scroll to the next post about your friend landing that high paying job and BAM! You’re back in the pit of your self-loathing and self-hating abyss.
Now I am not saying these platforms are bad or “evil” or that “influencers” should be renamed as “manipulators”. But the fact is social media platforms by design influence our thoughts, moods, emotions, behaviors and our mental health. They tell us what content we need to see, who we need to follow and what we need to buy. And the honest truth is, you don’t need anyone to tell you what you need to do. Heck, you don’t even let your parents tell you what you need to do. Then why? Why are we allowing these apps to dominate our lives?
I Can’t Quit Social Media.
The only reason you can’t quit social media is because you’re addicted to it. One study describes this addiction as “a user’s maladaptive psychological state of dependency” on the use of social networking sites (SNS). This is often manifested as an obsessive pattern of using social media which impairs daily functioning. It also includes symptoms of behavioral addiction, such as mood modification, growing tolerance, salience, relapse and withdrawal.