January 17, 2021

[Voices] Social Media Cleanse : How taking a break from social media can be good for you.

We are living in a digital era where everything we need is on the internet, from going to the mall for shopping to browsing boutiques online, from going to the local corner for a newspaper to just getting it online and in bed; and the leading one in our digital era is social media.

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Social media is all around us, we use it for businesses and catching up with old friends and family, but are we spending too much time on social media? Do we live as much as we do on social media? If yes then you’re in need of a social media cleanse.

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‘Social media cleanse’ according to Techopedia.com refers to a person’s attempt to clean up his or her social media presence online, and this can be done in various ways, one of them being staying away from social media for a while.

The first step is to remove all your social media Apps completely, this can be hard to do in the beginning because according to business.com newsfeeds are purposely designed to auto-refill with reasons to keep you scrolling, eliminating reasons for you to pause, reconsider or to leave thus making it hard as one will feel left out and not in the know.

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Social media cleanse is there to reduce stress and not raise it, so some of the things that happen when one is on a break is that they’ll be happier and more content with life, they’ll be more productive as their time won’t be wasted browsing on social media and most importantly they’ll improve their relationships with family and friends as opposed to just texting them; they can meet and really catch up.

Being away from social media for a while can have it downs such as loneliness, and missing out on business opportunities.

A social media cleanse is like disconnecting to connect as it opens eyes to feelings and motivation to those who start scrolling their tweets when not occupied, so a social media vacation once in a while isn’t a bad thing after all and remember “ Don’t use social media to impress people, use it to impact people “ by Dave Willis.

Article By Bongiwe Ndlovu

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