How many times do you actually pick up your phone unconsciously, thinking that you got a new notification? Many times we feel the vibration of our phones in our pockets but upon checking, we realize there were none. With the convenience of having the world on our fingertips, we don’t use it for anything great normally.
Mindlessly scrolling through Facebook while waiting for your order to arrive at the restaurant or checking Instagram while the cab arrives has become some of our secondary nature. It gets so engraved in our heads that we don’t even need to look at our phone to open one of these social media apps, our fingers do the talking. But is this really good? Well, not really. The reason why we are or get so addicted to social media is because our brain releases a compound called dopamine which gives us a feeling of reward. This is the same compound that is found in drugs that gets us addicted to them.
The constant need to scroll through what others whom we know are up to is similar to constantly comparing our lives to that of our neighbours. This constant exposure leads us to a downward spiral of some really bad mental places.
Many times these leads us to feelings of depression and sadness which gets even more aggravated by seeing a post of someone who always lets you down or someone traveling to an exotic location where you always wanted to travel. Moreover this constant comparison often makes us feel like we are not living our best life (which is not true).
Let’s see some more reasons why it is important to cut the time spent on social media and also cutting it out of our lives eventually.
- It gives a sense of fake reality
We all know nobody is perfect so, why do we expect that when posting something online? Highly facetun-ed and photoshopp-ed images can make everything look cardboard-cut-out perfect which is far different from the reality.
- It is a constant source of unhappiness
Being blinded by what somebody might be doing, visiting or even wearing may just make us feel we are not good enough which is not the case. Maybe they borrowed that dress and somebody took them to a fancy restaurant.
- It impacts mental peace
Maybe you scroll through the profile of your school bully or a toxic friend. It will scratch a wrong spot and you would get a flashback of some really unpleasant memories which is not at all worth it.
- It makes us less productive
Human minds are not meant for multi-tasking so, a looking at a few posts here and there may actually make you spend extra time at your desk.
- It makes us lose focus
With a constant urge to check our phones, we cannot focus on something for a long time which keeps us constantly distracted.
So go ahead and challenge yourself to take a break from social media. Delete all the apps from your phone and saved passwords from your browser. It is difficult on the first few days but once erased, trust me you would achieve a sense of great tranquillity.