We are the modern day slaves and our ruler is social media. All hail the divine world wide web.
Our frenzy or addiction of likes, retweets, double heart, pining, thumbs up or sharing has gone to crazy levels of bezerk. It has gone to an extreme where people are marrying their Smartphone. LITERALLY, NO KIDDING. (Well, this way at least you can switch it off once it starts giving you trouble.)
We all know that we spend an unhealthy amount of our time busy on swiping up, but we are so down the rabbit hole that turning back seems like a black hole (hopeless).
So in mornings, you find yourself on the toilet pot with one hand grabbing the toilet paper and the other busy with double clicking on the video of a cat snuggling with a big dog? If the answer is hell yes then you have a problem.
Not only will a digital detox make you mentally happier but it will also reduce many of your physical ailments (Like back problems, stiff neck, migraine, and possibly salmonella if you can’t go to the toilet without your phone)
Read on to see what happens once you take a hiatus from your social media addiction.
● Time, Time and Time
Did we say time? You will have tons and tons of time once you aren’t worrying about which of your friends are getting married or having kids. You can do anything and everything under the sun (And is legal). You can try to finish reading those books you have been hoarding or learn some new skill which you have been pinteresting for years or even spend some quality time with your family.
● Mental peace
‘Comparison kills the joy of life’- Mark Twain. But that’s all we do while scrolling down the doomed timeline. The constant pressure we take while looking at people having the best of their lives can bring a catastrophe to our mental well being. But once you are off it and don’t see and doesn’t care what others are doing, you will have an intrinsic sense of peace. The pressure put on us by society through social media vanishes and gets replaced by the feeling of contentment. (Can we all chant Ooommm…)
● You become more social
Yope, quitting social media makes you more social (Paradoxical right). Instead of the robotic and unemotional connection we have, Getting offline lets you talk to people face to face or over a phone call more. Once you started sending a personal text to your friends instead of commenting on their Facebook walls or sliding into their DM’s through a meme, you will soon realise the importance of personal touch that we all just lack nowadays.
● More time with your bed
More sleep and no more dark circles. (Can we get an amen?) When we use our phone just before bed, then instead of getting droopy as it should, the blue light stimulates it further. Hence the sleeping schedule keeps shifting back till 1 or 2 in the night. But refusing your eyes to go through the torture before bed, you could have a better sleep and fall asleep more easily. Ditch the phone and give yourself the beauty sleep you badly need.
● Self-appreciation without a selfie
You know the routine. Shower- 15 minutes, dress up- 10 minutes, makeup- 15 minutes, SELFIES- An hour. We all are guilty of this. Whenever we feel good about ourselves, we validate it by clicking selfies and getting likes. Now instead of taking a selfie for stranger’s approval, you just need to look in the mirror instead and know that you are beautiful.
● You will remain the same person you were before
You might be afraid that you will drift away from what’s going on in the world and be totally out of the loop, but after a week without it, you will realise you are the same person with or without the likes. You might experience FOMO on trivial Facebook statuses or Instagram selfies but that’s just short-lived repercussion.
Sure, you’ll have the urge to binge on social media timelines a few times a year. Don’t feel guilty when and if that happens. Indulge yourself in this guilty pleasure occasionally. Seeing the same old stuff you wanted to escape in the first place might just put the situation in perspective for you.
Happy offline detox!
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