Social Media is everywhere. Bars, pubs, hotels even TV shows have their own hashtags for social media.
It’s a funny thing really, we use it to stay connected but sometimes we need a break so we can disconnect from it.
I think I come across (mainly on Twitter) like I’m on it 24/7 but I’m actually not, I personally don’t ever feel the need to have a week or so off twitter/Instagram.
I guess I have what you’d call a micro break. I’m not on it enough to need big breaks I try not to let it consume me.
I mainly use Twitter/Instagram to stay connected with other bloggers, people who inspire me, to engage with my readers and for daily news. I schedule tweets to promote my blog so I’m not on it all day and Instagram is a visual diary I guess, full of all my adventures and favourite things.
I think you will know when you need to take a break from social media. If it’s consuming your everyday life or maybe if you find yourself bending the truth a little too much. Social media has a tendency to influence us in thinking everything has to be perfect especially our Instagram needs to be perfection, which in a sense I get it but it doesn’t have to be perfect 24/7 and if you do want a perfectly perfect Instagram that is okay too. It’s all about balance at the end of the day.
My Instagram, for me, is full of the things I love, It’s a little collage of all my favourite things, beauty, food and my pug I like to keep it as pretty as possible because it reflects me and my blog and I like to keep it looking pretty and not too personal. I think it’s enough to see what kind of person I am without being too invasive and I do more casual insta stories and behind the scenes, so I try and keep a nice balance and balance is key to everything.
If Social Media is becoming a little overwhelming or you want to take a break from social media, take it.
You could also take micro-breaks every day by having certain times of the day where you use it and having evenings a complete social media/phone free time.
Everybody needs a little bit of ‘me’ time and I feel like everybody seems to use their spare time to scroll through social media and procrastinating.
Maybe it is good to have a big break at times. I had facebook for a couple of years but deleted it and I literally had no idea what to use my phone for and I actually used it less, I would still take pictures at every opportunity (I have been this way since my early teens) but I was so unaware of what others were doing and I had so much more privacy where no one knew what I was doing either, I kinda liked that.
Social media makes us feel like we’ve interacted when we actually haven’t. I think at times it’s easy to watch someones snapchat etc. and see where they have been that day and feel like we’ve caught up when in actual fact we haven’t even had a conversation and I think that’s when the wool is pulled over our eyes a little.
So now, If I see something really cool on social media I would rather ring them up and hear about everything or text them and sort out a time where we can meet up.
I do love to document everything and I know sometimes people want you to ‘live in the moment’ and I honestly feel like I do. We all have our phones in our hands 24/7 and if I’m in the company of other people then I won’t use my phone unless it’s to snap a picture of us together. I love taking pictures of anything and everything, I love looking back on my adventures, my mediocre days at home with my boyfriend and long walks with my pug and I definitely take photos at any chance I get and then it’s good to post them as an online diary, although not everything I take pictures off ends up online, they are just for me to appreciate.
I noticed after my nan passed how we barely had any recent photos of her and the family together but now I try and take pictures every chance I get and I love going through them once in a while. So if I’m not holding my phone you can bet I’m holding my camera, I also take lots of pictures that day especially when I’m away for a weekend etc. and upload them to my social media once I’m home or at a hotel etc. That way I’ve captured everything that day but I haven’t spent a moment on social media but at the end of the day I can relive it and talk about my day.
So what do you think? Do you need to take a break from social media?
Let me know in the comments what you think!
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