Tuesday, November 22, 2016

24 Hour Social Media Detox

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day spent reflecting on the things your grateful for with family and friends. This Thanksgiving, I'm going to challenge you to take a 24 hour social media detox. 

What is a 24 hour social media detox?
It's pretty much what it sounds like! 24 hours without social media. This means no instagram, snapchat, twitter, tumblr, linkedin, facebook... Obviously there are exceptions to this, especially if your job relies on the use of social media, so this isn't a hard and fast rule. A 24 hour social media detox doesn't even really need to be 24 hours. The main thing that it needs to have is intent. 

To understand the social media detox, you have to first admit to yourself how often you're online and how it is affecting you. If you're anything like me, I spend so much time mindlessly scrolling when I could be doing much more productive things. Or I am on my phone when I'm talking to someone in person and am never truly engaged in whatever conversation I'm having in real life. If these things describe you, it may be time for a detox. 

How to do the detox?
Your method will depend on the level of willpower that you have. One one hand you could just vow not to go on social media for the day and hold yourself to that. You could also delete the apps (not the accounts, just the app) from your phone so you have no choice but to not check it for the day. 

What to do instead?
You may find that you have more time than you realize once you stop checking your phone. Use this time to call a friend, go on a walk, people watch, or read! 

At the end of this, the goal is mindfulness. Once you know and realize how much time you spend online, you can implement changes to make sure your actions align with your beliefs. 

Honestly? I'm going to do the detox, but probably not this week. I am staying in Reno for the holiday by myself, so my Thanksgiving will be spent writing papers and filling out applications for various things. But if you're going home for the holiday, if you're spending it with family, think about doing the 24 hour social media detox during that time so you can spend quality time with the people you love. 

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