How often have you told yourself off for checking Facebook again?
How regularly is Twitter the last thing you look at before you attempt (and probably fail) to go to sleep?
Is Instagram your first port of call when you wake up?
Do you consider all of the above to be habits?
More importantly, while trawling these social media platforms, do you actually enjoy the process? If not, and if you’ve had a sneaking suspicion for a while that you need to quit social media, here are six reasons it might not be a bad idea.
1. You’ll have more time
Social media is eating away at your time.
Time is one of – if not the most – important resources we have as humans. You can’t buy more of it and it can never be retrieved once squandered.
Social media platforms are designed to take as much of your time as possible. And guess what? They’ll never pay you for your time. In fact, the products you see as a result of social media advertising are more likely to rinse you of your hard-earned.
It’s important to note we’re referring to average users here. If you’re a savvy marketer using social media to sell your products, your time spent on such platforms is highly worthwhile.
So, why do social media sites eat away at our time? It’s because they’re removed something called a ‘stopping cue’. When you read a book, you reach a definitive endpoint. If you watch a film, the credits signal it’s time to do something else.
Social media feeds are never-ending. They go on, and on.
2. You’ll become more focused
How often do you see photos of your friends and family having a seemingly wonderful time on social media?
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram create FOMO (fear of missing out), and that in itself is a huge distraction. It’s so hard to focus on where you are (see the next reason) and on what you’re doing with notifications constantly informing you of what everyone else is up to.
This can lead to anxiety and more of a focus on how many likes your own posts are getting than the task you’re supposed to be working on in the real world.
There are forty-five million social media users in the UK. Why not become one of the odd ones out?
3. You’ll be more grounded and present
If your head is buried in social media, experiencing the world around you takes second fiddle. And that means you miss out on some of the best stuff life has to offer.
It’s important to experience what’s happening now. How often do you see couples in restaurants, both staring relentlessly at their phones?
How often do people on holiday or at concerts seem more concerned with taking photos of what’s in front of them, rather than enjoying the moment?
4. You’ll get out more
The digital age has made it all too easy to forget what it’s like to experience an in-person interaction.
Rather than heading to networking groups, we’ll hit LinkedIn. Instead of calling a friend and going for a coffee, we’ll end up replying to one another’s comments on a Facebook post.
Less time spent on social media means more time in the real world, and that means you can get out there and really enjoy the people who mean the most to you.
5. You’ll be more productive
This is an easy one.
How often do you sit at your desk at work, idly scrolling through your social media feeds? If you add that time up each day, it’ll account for more than you think.
With no social media to distract you, your to-do list will get the attention it deserves.
6. You’ll not get bored so quickly
Social media sites bombard us with so much content. So much, in fact, that it has reduced our attention spans considerably.
Have you ever noticed how uncomfortable people are even with just one minute of nothing to do? On average, people check their smartphones every twelve minutes.
When waiting for a bus or sitting in line at the barbers, people always seem to reach for their phones. By quitting social, you’ll remove that addiction and feel more comfortable doing nothing.
Have we convinced you to ditch social media – even for a short time?