Do You Need a Digital Detox? 3 Ways to Find Out How

Are you constantly plugged in?

While it doesn’t seem like much when you first look at it, social media addition is very much real and just as dangerous.

Despite the benefits that social media sites have on our everyday lives, such as making communication easier and allowing us to reach a wider range of people, there are negative effects that excessive use can have on mental health.  

Here are a few warning signs that you should take note of:

You can’t do anything without logging in

While there are jobs that require the use and management of social media, if your work doesn’t revolve around it and you browse it first thing for a good amount of time before doing anything, you might be experiencing the first sign of social media addiction.

When you’re not careful, constant browsing of social media could even lower your self-esteem as a result, and a simple recreational activity can easily turn into an escape from everyday life, and from a few evening of casual browsing into a feedback loop.

You focus on your phone too much

Another sign of addiction to social media is that too much of your time is spent glued to your phone screen to the point that you can’t focus on anything and you take it to sleep.

Aside from lowered productivity and a lack of concentration in anything, you also suffer from a lack of sleep as a result. This is because smartphones let off a blue light that can interfere with a person’s sleep cycle.

Being disconnected feels like a major disaster

Not having an internet connection can be an inconvenience to most people especially since a good part of our lives is now focused on the internet, whether it’s because of work, school, or even just for communicating.

However, for most people, this is just an inconvenience. But when it happens to you, you feel as if your world is falling apart – and if this is the case, this is clearly a bad sign.

If these signs apply to you, you may just be in need for a digital detox, which means that you should stay away from any screens and social media instead of being plugged in.

Start with short breaks from your screen if you don’t need to have them. Be sure to tell your friends and family when you’re unavailable and give them your contact information, such as your phone number or email.

Being able to disconnect from your devices for a short time outside of your work is all about what happens when you get back into life, and using that time to find your passion.  

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