I know I’m not the only one that gets so overwhelmed by social media that I need a break. This includes deleting the app, certain “friends,” or even my whole profile. Yes, I’m dramatic like that and that’s exactly what happened with my Twitter account. *Dead emoji*
But really, sometimes it’s all too much and why do we really even care about what our “friends” are doing every hour and minute of the day. (I put friends in quotation marks because is EVERYONE you’re following really your friend? I mean let’s be honest.)
If you’re not sure if you’re addicted to your social media or just time for a break, keep on reading to see. I’m giving you 6 signs that you may need a break from social media. If all 6 perfectly define you then… Sorry sis but you’re addicted and it’s time for a break.
1. You Lift up your phone “Just to See”
What are you looking for? Did you hear your phone beep or are you expecting a call? If both of those answers are no, then you’re just checking to “see”. You probably like to have your phone by you at all times. If you’re like me, it’s for no reason because your phone is always like the Sahara desert, dry as ever. Straight drought.
This is a sure tell sign that you are addicted to having your phone and being on it. Even though it seems our phones have become our lives now, they don’t have to be. When you’re at school, work, or even a date, your phone isn’t your life and really can’t help you much in those situations. Give it a rest and wear a watch if you need to check the time. (:
2. You switch between The Big 4 repeatedly
The Big 4 is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. I’ve fallen victim to this so many times. I’ll finish with one app and move on to the next until I’ve successfully completed all and then start the cycle over. It’s not like the app has changed in that short amount of time or that new people have posted but I just keep doing it, over and over.
This is when you know you need a cleanse. You rely so heavily on the entertainment of social media that you can’t even realize there’s nothing there for you. Instead of switching through The Big 4, start reading a book, writing a blog post, or watching some T.V., because I promise you, your “friends” ain’t going anywhere, boo.
3. Do these apps have you feeling some type of way?
So now you’re asking, what type of way? ANY TYPE OF WAY. Happy, sad, mad, excited, etc. If you’re giving these social media apps power over you, shame on you (I say this in the nicest way)! We shouldn’t be letting apps and the people behind the avatars make us feel some type of way. Sometimes these “friends” can say things or post things that really bother us and can affect our days.
If you see this happening to you more often than not, it’s really time for a break. Set the phone and “friends” down and focus on yourself and your well-being. Being able to break that connection is imperative to remaining content in your life.
4. Good Morning, Social Media!
Are you checking your phone and social media right when you wake up? If you don’t, I applaud you! This is probably one thing a majority of people do. If you think about, whyyyy? I bet when you set your alarm in the morning for work or school you didn’t factor in the time it would take to check The Big Four, so why waste that time? Plus, when you wake up it’s so much better to hit the ground running then to linger in bed checking your apps, getting lazy.
If this is a necessity for you, you’re addicted and need to break that habit ASAP! I mean, what would you do if you didn’t have your phone? (GET UP!)
5. FOMO is REAL
Yes, the fear of missing out is real but don’t let this be you! What do you think you’re missing out on, exactly? Whatever is meant to be seen by you, will be seen. TRUST.
If you’re not on social media, do you feel anxious and stressed like you’re missing something? This probably isn’t good and further shows your addition to “being connected.” Take a step back and contemplate if you really care that much. Should you? If you’re not connected, is your life positively or negatively impacted? How do you feel? Think about that.
6. You’re using Social Media as a distraction
The big questions here are what’s bothering you? What are you running from or trying to be distracted from? In any case, this isn’t good because subconsciously you know there’s something you should be doing or something that’s bothering you.
The most common reason for this in my life is schoolwork. Homagawd, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been studying and all of a sudden I find myself on social media for 30 minutes. This really only prolongs my studying thus puts me in the situation I don’t want to be in for much longer. It’s just a lose, lose honestly. The Big 4 probably wasn’t that fulfilling and neither is prolonging my homework 4 more hours… so yeah. I’m going to have to say “Do better, sis” to myself and you.
So what’s the verdict? Are you addicted to social media? If so, are you going to take a break? DO IT! And even if you aren’t addicted, taking a break can just be good for you, period. Think of it as a vacation or a hiatus. Having that person time with yourself or your family is so important. Take that time and live your BEST life, honey. You deserve it.
Until Next Time –