It’s not what you think. Before claiming to be a demigod and ending this pervasive 21st century phenomenon, let me make it clear that I have never been an ardent fan of social media. When I talk about social media, I mean the four big giants: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.
In conclusion, my social media detox has not been as successful as I had hoped. I consider myself too addicted and have withdrawn from other entertainment and infotainment websites such as YouTube, Reddit and Netflix to take action to reduce my consumption. It was a hell of an experiment, but it gave me a perspective on life that I hadn’t had before. In fact, it’s liberating to move away from people who don’t care about you as much as you think they do.
When I went to the Women’s March in late January, I wanted to connect with other people – friends and strangers – who were present, felt the same and shared the same values. The most immediate way to do this was to download, search, and share apps again. The march on social media wasn’t just about pleasing someone with a cat photo – it was a way for millions of people to communicate what they stood for.
Statistics show that 47% of adults in the UK use social media every day, and the GlobalWebIndex report found that people spent an average of two hours a day on social networks at the end of last year. It’s the Pavlovian thrill of that little red circle of notifications and the genuine need to connect with others that keeps me – and 18.6 billion other active monthly Facebook users – going. The social apps on my smartphone have morphed into compulsive checking. Hours of my evening train ride or lunch break are spent hopping from one app to another, courting attention in the form of likes.
Side note: Facebook tried to get me to stay off its platform by showing three people on my friends list. The third was the wedding photographer for my sisters. Facebook showed them how much they missed me and they told me not to leave them behind, which I did.
The decision to leave social media was a bit tricky. First, I went with platforms like Facebook and Twitter. I wasn’t interested in posting updates every day and got sucked into the activity on my feed. Then I relied on another medium: LinkedIn.
Social media allows you to connect with customers in a more traditional way on a personal and informal level. It allows you to talk to your audience in the same way that normal people talk to each other.
Social media is a great tool to stay in touch with people from all over the world, but nothing goes beyond direct contact with people. This not only affects your time management, but also leaves you speechless. Social media can help in the productivity department, but it can also be distracting. In fact, emails, pointless meetings, and social media interruptions are the fourth biggest distractions at work.
Facebook hopes to find social media as a more satisfying and productive part of its social life by changing the way people interact with them. In order to present meaningful social experiences, Facebook tries to use algorithms to increase the chances of real online social engagement. Creating meaningful interactions is one of the main problems with the time-wasting detoxification of social media.
It can direct traffic to your e-commerce site, give you the chance to tell your story, and allow you to add value to your audience. Let us explain why you should delete your social media accounts. First of all, you get more time back in your day. Consider that the average person in the US spends about an hour and fifteen minutes a day on social media.
Many of those who turn away from social media cite the lack of time for other activities as the primary driver. They want to take time for their loved ones, friends, hobbies and personal development. In fact, they invest many hours in what they call wasteful.
Essentially, this is the same reason we shouldn’t leave social media cold, and the same reason we’re addicted to social media. Like drug abuse or gambling addiction, excessive use of social media should not be considered unacceptable. Instead, people should understand that social media is a harmful factor and that it has an acute impact on usage, side effects and long-term effects.
Social media was created to facilitate connections with other people, but it seems that for many people, the opposite is true. Instead of feeling connected to old friends and new people, social networks like Facebook and Instagram cause loneliness, separation, and fear. Today’s social media mindset focuses as much, if not more, on online friendships than real friendships. As loneliness increases, so does the number of perceived friendships.
The boom in social media, particularly Instagram, has opened up a new field for psychologists. Davey Ph.D., one such specialist, has written about why we should worry about the role of social media in feelings of loneliness and anxiety among young people.
We are far too clever and complex to try to express the full range of our perspectives and emotions on Twitter; we are too stupid, shallow, and lazy to understand We go too lightly and sloppily with our words to avoid peeing on social media, and we are easily triggered by strangers and their lack of understanding of our unique circumstances. In my opinion, we are all too vibrant, robust and particular to confine ourselves to boastful, lazy-serious posts and cocky images on Facebook, but we are also too defensive, needy and insecure to tolerate cocky posts and images of other peoples. I am here to tell you that I am too brilliant and complicated to waste my time on social media; I am far too jealous and pathetic to tolerate it; and I am too restless and needy to avoid it.
Social media should be a place where good people of all stripes can express themselves and exchange opinions freely. The widespread censorship that we are now seeing runs counter to this objective. Mark Weinstein is CEO of the social network Mewing.
There are thousands of blog posts and articles about things you can do with Instagram, but they promote all kinds of performative behavior. They advocate the use and overuse of social media to the exclusion of all others.