How to kick-off a “Digital Detox” and break-up with social media
At their best, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat can serve as a constant link with our friends and family. We rely on them to keep us connected and up-to-date, while giving us the opportunity to share both validation and inspiration (thank you, Pinterest!).
That said, digital overstimulation—especially in a time when up-to-the-minute information is free and unfiltered—is taking a toll on our health, both mentally and physically. A study from the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health found that using multiple social media platforms increased the risk of depression and anxiety in participants, especially among those using seven to 11 platforms, compared to peers who used no more than two.
And apparently, we’re conscious of at least some of these negative side effects of social media addiction. In a recent survey about New Year’s resolutions, the number one goal reported by respondents for the year ahead was to quit social media, easily beating out old standbys like quitting smoking and losing weight.
If you’re reading this and thinking to yourself, “I need a break from social media,” we’ve got you covered. Here are 10 expert-approved strategies to get you started on a “digital detox.”