Social media has become the gateway to news for a large part of the population.

Whether that be topical global issues, or what your auntie Sandra is eating for dinner on a random Tuesday, people use their social media apps to keep in the loop with everyone and everything.

But is this a good thing?

Social media has started to come under a lot of scrutiny, from privacy to its addictive nature. It no doubt plays an important role in connection, such as remaining in touch with friends and family from around the world.

But do we need it to be as ingrained in our lives as it currently is?

Keeping your social media accounts is important, as these days, it’s important to protect your online identity and prevent imposters.

But where do we draw the line?

If keeping in touch is important, then, by all means, keep your WhatsApp and keep your messenger. Yet ask yourself if you need to be scrolling through other apps for several hours a day. Do you need to bet waking up and getting into an argument online with someone that might not even be real?

If you decide that a digital detox is the way to go, then deleting social media apps could be your route to a happier you.

 

You’ll be more present

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Ever spoken to someone (or attempted to), whilst they’re absentmindedly scrolling through their phone?

It’s infuriating, and we’ve all been that person. Don’t be. Take in your environment, the sights and sounds around you and the company you’re with.

Social media can rob us of genuine connection, with people, nature, and most importantly, ourselves.

Deleting social media apps can allow that connection to restore.

 

 

It’ll help you get rid of the comparison mindset

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It is well documented how social media has created a culture of comparison.

What you’re seeing online is an airbrushed highlight reel of people’s lives, and not something you should use to compare to your own. But we do. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy and the thought that you’re not doing as well as someone else.

It’s a dangerous and misplaced belief that needs stamping out.

On deleting social media apps, you’ll find the urge to compare is massively reduced.

 

Wean yourself off needing constant validation

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At one point, you’ll come to realise that followers, likes, and comments aren’t real.

They’re just not. Once you learn that, you stop depending on the dopamine hit of a new notification, a shot of artificial adrenaline that clouds your personality within a search for validation.

Allow yourself and your personality to grow naturally, and not be warped through wanting on social media.

 

You can do whatever you want to do (no FOMO)

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Don’t be swayed to do something if you don’t want to.

When I was younger, the fear of missing out was that strong, that I’d end up on nights out, purely because I didn’t want to be left on the sidelines. It then meant I self-inflicted a horrific hangover on myself and I missed doing what I intended to do that day.

Now, you could say “well that’s on you, it was your choice”, and you’d be right. I was easily swayed and social media exacerbated that until I learnt how to deal with it.

The first step in doing so was deleting social media to remove FOMO. After that, I started achieving so much more with my time.

 

You’ll be removing social media’s addictive nature

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There are many studies that highlight how social media is addictive.

Yet you don’t need scientists to tell you that, check your screen time yourself and you decide. The constant, aimless scrolling is designed to keep you trapped online. Like a fly trapped in a spiders web, it’s notoriously hard to wrestle yourself free when the web is still attached.

Deleting social media apps is you removing yourself from the web, which is when you’ll gain your freedom back.

 

You’ll be removing unwanted negativity

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Negativity sells.

It engages, enrages, and divides, which makes for great interaction for social media sites. It seeps into our collective consciousness and before we know it, our internal chatter.

Don’t allow the negativity you see to define your mood.

 

Deleting social media helps improve your time management

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Fewer apps equal more time in the real world.

This is not a hard one. If you remove 3 hours of cat videos from your life each day, you’ve got three extra hours to put towards something you truly want to do.

Read a book, get fit, take up a hobby.

There’s life out there to try if you lift your head from your phone long enough to see it.

 

Deleting social media will help increase your attention span

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Research has shown that social media cuts your attention span.

There’s a reason why advertisers focus on 60-90 second videos, or why the opening shots are so bright and powerful. Online has become the battle of the quick for the attention of the many.

Don’t be scared to slow down, explore, and take your time in digesting a more in-depth piece of content that works for you.

 

Social media is not evil, but it also carries enough bad traits to be wary of it. If used properly, it can be a tool for good.

Yet moderation is the key, and deleting social media apps allows you to become the master of your moderation.

 

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