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should you take a break from social media?

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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18 Comments

  1. Jenna H.
    May 28, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    Great post – I actually gave up all social media for Lent this last year and wrote a whole post about my experience on my blog 🙂 I thought it was going to be super hard to give up, but it was actually pretty easy! It has allowed me to break the habit of going on social media whenever I am bored. -Jenna <3Follow me back? The Chic Cupcake

    • Alicia a la Mode
      May 29, 2018 / 10:18 am

      I'll have to check that out! It's not too bad is it? – Alicia Xo

  2. Eleanor May
    May 28, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    This is a great post. I recently went two days without internet at all which meant no social media at all and I didn't find it as hard as I thought I would!Eleanor May || http://www.eleaanormay,com

    • Alicia a la Mode
      May 29, 2018 / 10:14 am

      Thank you. It's not as scary as you think is it? haha – Alicia Xo

  3. Sarah Jayne Adams
    May 29, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    I think everyone needs to take a break from social media, it's not healthy to be glued to it 247! xx

    • Alicia a la Mode
      June 5, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      totally agree! – Alicia Xo

  4. Beff Shuff
    May 30, 2018 / 9:20 am

    I really dont think i have the will power to do this! even the thought terrifies me!

    • Alicia a la Mode
      June 5, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      haha its not as scary as you think lol – Alicia Xo

  5. Rosie I
    May 30, 2018 / 11:01 am

    I’m literally coming back from a blog break right now and it’s been amazing. It’s been lovely to have some time not to think about insta, content and stress about deadlines. It’s also nice planning ahead. I’m still in between getting content ready and putting it out but slowly but surely I’m coming back into the swing of it!

    • Alicia a la Mode
      June 5, 2018 / 8:52 pm

      its so refreshing isn't it! – Alicia Xo

  6. Lady Writes
    May 31, 2018 / 7:09 am

    With my job being social media, I can't take a break from it but I have recently taken a big step back and it's been a huge help x

    • Alicia a la Mode
      June 5, 2018 / 8:52 pm

      I have breaks in the evenings from it and first thing when I wake up, like I would a 9-5 job I wouldn't stay working all night haha x

  7. Yasmina Sahraoui
    May 31, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    Sometimes I do think I need a break from social media but it's usually when everything is going wrong and I need a break from everything you know! I'm lucky as I work in a laboratory where you can't use phones so most of the day I'm off social media which is probably a good thing! x

    • Alicia a la Mode
      June 5, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      yeah I find myself using it less when things are going wrong. You're quite lucky you get some free time off it anyway – Alicia Xo

  8. Alicia S
    June 7, 2018 / 12:10 pm

    I badly need a break from social media, I'm almost constantly on it…and it probably doesn't help that my job is also heavily social media based so it's not even like I can escape anything at work.Alicia xwww.aestheticobsessed.co.uk

    • Alicia a la Mode
      June 7, 2018 / 5:00 pm

      yeah it is hard, even just at certain times of the day helps and scheduling some important tweets is good x

  9. Katie Middleton
    June 15, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    My full time job is largely based around social media so even when I really, really want to take a break – It's nearly impossible and sometimes I think it does me more damage than good tbh. I've learnt to take a step back a little bit when things become too overwhelming and I've found it's helped a lot so far!Katie xwww.katie-middleton.co.uk

    • Alicia a la Mode
      July 8, 2018 / 4:25 pm

      yeah definitely, I think scheduling can help a lot so you can have one day away atleast – Alicia Xo

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