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A Social Purge: The Importance of a Technology Detox








Social media rules the internet. I mean think about it - What's the first thing you do when you check your phone? If you're like most, you check social media.

It's become a place where we get our news, check in on friends, share our lives, send happy birthday messages, make big announcements, get into arguments, judge other people, and undermine our own lives.

And how much are you on it? How much do you depend on it? What would you do without it?

So here's the big question: Is social media dangerous? Does the bad outweigh the good?

The honest truth is YES.

Have you seen The Social Dilemma on Netflix? It's a documentary that sounds the alarm on the dangerous effects social media has on humanity. It brings to light the deceit and manipulation social media uses against our own psychology. And it's terrifying.

I find myself falling into these traps regularly and becoming victim of the vindictive nature of social platforms, and it is a hard thing to move away from, especially in our culture when we are driven by technology. Needless to say, it is imperative that we understand the dangers of social media.

Social media impacts our mental health, our relationships, our social skills, our self-worth, and our ability to make decisions.

In turn, the way we think, speak, and act are also affect. This is the concept of input yielding output.

Input: What we allow our minds to consume (social media, music, TV, etc.)

Output: Our responses based on our mental state

Managing our input is one of the most important things we can do for our mental health, and one of the most effective ways to do this is through a social purge.

Here's how:

  1. unfollow accounts that breed negative emotions or cause you to compare yourself

  2. set time limits for social media exposure

  3. don't look at social right when you wake up

  4. refrain from posting everything

  5. go one day per week with no social media at all

Have you ever done any of these before? I'd love to hear what you thought about it!

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