Spring Cleansing: The Importance of a Social Media Detox

There seems to be detoxes for everything.

A detox for healthier bodies, a detox for vibrant skin, and a detox for a clearer mind that come in juices, teas, and pills.

There is one detox that doesn’t get a lot of attention, and it doesn’t come in liquid or solid form:

Social Media

The Pew Research Center, reported in a 2018 study, that young adults ages 18 to 24, use multiple social media platforms, and visit them frequently. Nearly 78% of this group use Snapchat, 71% use Instagram, and 45% use Twitter.

Adults ages 25 and older,  are consuming Facebook and YouTube more than any other social media platform.

To sum all of this up, everyone seems to be scrolling or double tapping. There’s nothing wrong with social media, but there comes a time when a social media detox is necessary.

Uninstall and unwind

It may be hard to think about not having social media, so start slow. A great way to start the detox, is uninstalling the social media apps from your phone or your computer. This will allow you to not be consumed in the Facebook rants, or who’s doing it for the gram.

This will be a great time for you to rest your mind, and focus on the important things in your life. The detox can also be a great time to pick up a new book, or discover a new hobby.

You may be surprised by how more clear you begin to think, because you won’t be constantly interrupted by notification alerts.

Conquer comparison

We’ve all heard it: “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Social media can be the thief of joy without realizing it. It’s easy to be consumed in everyone’s social media highlight reel, that you begin to compare yourself to them.

Before you know it, you start comparing yourself to their six-figure job, thriving relationship, a shiny car, or gorgeous home. These things look good on social media, but you never know what it took for someone to obtain it.

This detox may be a way for you to step away from your phone, and focus on yourself and your goals. Instead of looking at what someone else has, start planning how you can better yourself, and your situation.

Social media detoxes may be tough, but they’re worth it. The key to a successful detox is taking it day by day, and finding ways to supplement your social media. For example, you can read a book on your phone, or contact friends you haven’t talked to in a while.

This detox is definitely like none other, but it can provide you with a healthier spirit, and a more productive mindset, in ways social media can’t do.