Four Signs It’s Time to Take a Break from Social Media

Here are four signs you might need a break from social media. . .

1.  You compulsively check your phone.  We’re all way too attached to our phones to begin with, but if you’re checking your notifications, messages, and likes every few minutes, or in a way that affects your job or family time, that’s a big problem.

2.  You wake up or fall asleep feeling “off.”  If you’re waking up worried about something you said or saw on social media the night before, it might be time to set some boundaries with your accounts.

3.  Your real-life interactions are suffering.  If you’ve been interacting with your friends and family less while getting wrapped up in Facebook arguments or scrolling on Instagram, it might be time to reassess your priorities.

4.  You’ve started viewing yourself negatively.  Social media can be dangerous because people only share things they want you to see.  It’s like viewing a “highlight reel” of their life.

And if you’re constantly comparing yourself to someone else’s highlights, it might make you feel anxious, depressed, or lonely when your life doesn’t quite measure up.  If that happens, it’s definitely time for a break. 

(USA Today)

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