After getting a lot of criticism from people around me about my timely breaks from social media, I believe there is something we are not putting across clearly.
First and foremost this thing called social media has not always been part of our being as humans, so when I see every one acting like their life depends on it, I am a little bit disturbed.
But I also approve that social media has supplied one of our greatest human needs which is communication and interaction with each other.
Social Media is not a
toxic place for me, that’s why I don’t call my breaks # socialmediadetox . It’s my responsibility to create a safe community on social media and if that means blocking, un-friending or reporting then it’s my power to do that.
Social media is the only place where most of us can really be our selves, or live our fantasy but that also means the same for bullies and other negative people, some of who it may not be in our favour to block because of unavoidable circumstances.
That brings me to the issue of taking a break from social media. Personally, taking breaks helps me focus my time on my education since my degree is on its way, I often get these breaks month to my exam’s because that is a time I want to fully concentrate.
Getting the best time is ample in the effectiveness of your break, like a time where you are more devoted to a given aspect of your life that is less dependant on social media.
HOW DO YOU TAKE A BREAK AND WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN?
1.For some people like me, taking a break means uninstalling all the apps.
1. For others its having a strict time table when they will check their apps like from 4pm to 6pm. Or in the morning hours.
3. For others its being intentional not to spend more than a given amount of time on social media a day, say not more than 40 minutes. So this time will be evenly distributed evenly around the day as you wish.
DOES IT WORK?
I can not certainly tell you whether social media breaks work because it’s your responsibility to make them work.
You may leave for a month yet all you think about is social media. I have a friend who will take a break but they will be on another person’s phone trying to see who posted what! If that is you then it’s not working, but we must appreciate the effort, and the fact that we are trying to be better people.
When you take a break (in what ever way), you should have a schedule of the things you want to accomplish as you are away. Ask your self every time you feel the urge to fall back,
Ask your self: Why am I off social media?, for me the answer is “so I can get fully devoted to my degree” so then I’ll read a text book instead.
If you cannot find a reason why you need to get away from social media, then it’s only best that you go back, It’s not going to be easy, like many things in life but its not fair for you to restrain your self. A lot of discipline will take you a long way. But still it’s all about you.
©®. I am only sharing my views on this post, I am just a student, poet, writer and music lover who wants to be a better person.