Social media detox allow mental clarity

Hafsa Rahman, asst. news editor

Social media is a double-edged sword. 

On one hand, it keeps us connected with our loved ones and is a window to see all the things around us. On the other hand, it is a toxic platform that fuels comparisons and creates unrealistic expectations, which leads to harmful effects on one’s mental health. 

Teens, including me, constantly compare ourselves with others on social media. While looking at people’s Instagram posts and stories, I often develop a fear of missing out (FOMO), because my life may not be as adventurous or fun as the ones I view online.

And while I know that social media is just a highlight reel of people’s lives – for users to selectively display the best parts of themselves and their lives, it can be difficult to recognize that while scrolling through your feed. 

I’ve often considered deleting social media because of the negative atmosphere it creates, but have always hesitated, fearing that doing so may cut out important parts of my social life. 

So I have resorted to the next best thing: a social media detox.

Medical News Today’s Top 5 reasons you should go on a social media detox” article published in 2018 describes a social media detox as a period of time where you eliminate the use of any social media, by deleting or disabling all of its platforms. The detox can last anywhere from a couple of hours to months.

Whenever I feel like I spend too much time on social media, I take a social media detox to unplug from the scrolling and focus on other hobbies and activities I enjoy. The detox range from a few hours to a few days, depending on what I need. It allows me to clear my mind and reduce the stress that comes along with the social media world. 

Taking a break from social media gives you a chance to evaluate what’s most important in your life and what’s a better use of your time and mental space. It allows you to live in the moment, while also reducing the unpleasant FOMO. 

So the next time social media becomes stressful or exhausting, try taking a social media detox. Allow yourself to take that break.