take a minute

how did it get to this point?
01 Jun 2021
by Natalie

What would I create if the world was without social media?

Where would I be now if I hadn’t spent hours scrolling through

social media feeds? How free would my mind feel if the thought

of shares, statuses, likes, clicks and comments wasn’t at the

back of my mind? How much more innovative would I be if I

was just myself?

my social media story

I have always been an early adopter of social media, and I would be the typical person to post regular updates on social media (which I will add, is perfectly okay).

But it got to the point where I wasn't happy on the inside, and I found myself focusing on what other people were doing rather than on myself.

Since growing from a teen to a young woman, I've discovered one of the most powerful aspects of development - discovering who you are as an individual!

Having said that I felt social media could potentially hinder my self-development journey. As a result, I became oblivious to my number one priority - my mental health, well-being and my path to creating my own success!

That is when I decided enough was enough, and I deleted social media.

I don't just mean I deleted the apps on my phone I mean I deactivated my Facebook, Instagram, also Snapchat and Messenger. All were gone for good until I decided when the time was right to invite them back into my life.

The first days into deleting my social media I had felt pretty empty as this is when I realised how dependent on it I become.

It had officially sunk into me that I never took time out to fill in the gaps of when I would be using my phone.

But, after finally reaching a healthy momentum learning how to live without social media I began enjoying life without it.

My energy was more focused on how to keep my mind proactive by starting to read books that I was most passionate about - something I hadn’t done since primary school.

For the first time, I began to meditate, started goal-setting for my future, I exercised more and I started seeing positive results in my university work. I began to concentrate on focusing on myself as a person—something I had wanted to do for a long time.

After seeing the positive results from taking a break from social media I did some research.

  • It can affect your mental health. People who use social media religiously are reported to experience higher levels of anxiety, depression and loneliness.

  • Impact on self-esteem. Constantly scrolling through social media sites seeing people ‘better’ or ‘happier’ than you can make you feel envious and make you question your own self-worth.

  • Fear of missing out. FOMO has recently emerged as a new trend and one of the negative effects of social media. The idea that you’re always missing out on something can have a negative impact on your mental health.

Doing the reading around the topic of excessive social media use confirmed taking a social media break was the best thing to do for me.

Of course, social media can be such a great tool for individuals and businesses by allowing people to stay connected and find new opportunities and ideas.

However based on my own experience, I think we should all be evaluating how we use social media. Is it as sustainable as it could be or is it just creating a toxic environment?

try taking the techtimeout10 challenge and see how you feel.

Cutting out social media completely might not appeal to everyone. But, techtimeout allows us to discover the true benefits of balancing out our time with technology and prioritising time connecting with the real world.

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