Honestly, starting a social media detox was the best thing ever did! Although social media can be a great way of communication, sharing and learning! I do think that there are just as many bad things that can take away the fun and enjoyment of the social life. Cyber-bullying, jealousy, gossip, fakeness all contribute to why I really dislike social media. Each one can be just as bad as the other and I’m sure all of you reading this have experienced some sort of downfall due to the traps on social media.
So, when I was in secondary school I was always some sort of outcast, other people may not have noticed but I always felt I was one step behind the girls and I was trying to keep up whether it be to do with makeup, hair, trends or even how they spoke. Young people are all trying to fit in, it’s like a constant battle. I always had some sort of social media whether it was BBM or Instagram and Snapchat. However, it wasn’t until I had finally left school that social media truly took over… I became influences. I changed my room, my wardrobe, even myself (dying my hair, acrylic nails, makeup) all things I liked to see. My Instagram became more important and I found myself having the need to post regularly and to keep it all perfect, the filters and the way it looked on my page. Also, I was tracking how many likes I got on each photo and wanting more, more followers too. It got so out of control, I was in the middle of the social media trap. Most of us still are, it can be so hard to overcome the fact that the world can’t see the true you and that there will always be people that don’t like you or what you do! I just wanted to please everyone, but Instagram and snapchat is not the way! Whether you’re a top Instagram model or only have a small amount of followers we are all caught up, and are constantly thinking about how others see you.
Everything looks so much better through a camera, all the editing apps, and filters. It’s crazy how it can make the real world look dull, simply by making a photo so realistically unrealistic (does that make sense aha). Most of us only share the good parts of our day or week or holiday, we share the best selfie of the bunch, we share the best meal we had in the week. It makes people look ‘perfect’, eating avocado salads, and sunbathing in the sun, looking glamorous for a night out. It can be easy to get into the mindset of jealousy and make you think that your life isn’t as good! However that girl or boy who seems ‘perfect; in your mind will still wake up most mornings with dark bags under their eyes or dribble down their cheeks, we sometimes forget that they too are humans just like us, they don’t wake up like how films portray gorgeous ‘perfect’ people to wake up, amazing hair that falls down on their face, clear skin, big bright eyes that are ambitious for the day ahead. No! They wake up just the same as us, they will eat junk food just like us, they will have them old bras with the broken underwire that you still wear because all the others are in the wash! We need to get our heads around the fact that everyone shares only the good parts and the things they want the world to see, people use social media as a front and a cover to become how they truly want to be viewed. Fair enough, it’s good we all have our own styles, and favorite things we want to share with the world, and I’m not saying it’s wrong to do that (I do), but as long as everyone is aware of the real world around them and not getting caught up in social media alone.
This leads me onto the “‘social media detox’, starting the beginning of 2016 I decided to deactivate my Instagram so no one could see my account while I was gone for a while, I deleted twitter, facebook, and Snapchat! I took a break for a week, at first I found myself going to open one of the apps because I was so used to flicking through my feeds when on the bus or waiting for my ready meal to ping or the adverts were on tv! But it opened up my eyes to look at the real world for once, at first it was scary and a bit boring, but when I got my head out of the social media circle, I could see the world how I used to see it when I was younger and hadn’t yet fallen into the blinding world of a phone! On my early morning bus journeys I was looking around at passing buildings and fields I’d not noticed before and with the sun shining through hitting me my hand, I could feel the sun rays kissing my fingertips (and it was as though I forgot about that sensation) it became something amazing again. Waiting for my ready meal to ping I went into the garden and watched my dogs exploring the trees at the back as I heard the birds above sing. During the adverts, I’d turn to my mum and we would actually talk with our mouths and gestures instead of texts and emojis. We are all in this trap and it’s hard to unveil from it unless you take a break to really think about life and the world around for a moment without the influence of Pinterest or famous models or other people’s stories or keeping that streak with that random girl on your snapchat you’ve never spoken to.
I personally heard the term ‘social media detox’ when articles began talking about celebrities taking a break from social media. It was just something I did on my own and suggested to others up until then. But now it’s become an actual thing there are sooo many blogs and challenges and videos about it. So I’m going to tag on this post a number of blogs and videos I have looked into to help you guys to embark on your very own ‘social media detox’. Comment below if you have ever taken a good break from social media and/or you are going to challenge yourself and tell me how it goes.
“I’m away from my phone so much more. You start to engage in real life.” – kendall Jenner
“I just wanted to detox. I felt like, I just wanted a little bit of a break. I’m always on it. I would wake up in the morning and I would look at it first thing. I would go to bed and it was the last thing I would look at. I felt a little too dependent on it so I kind of wanted to take a minute to detox.” – kendall Jenner
“A lot of the world feels so much entitlement in other people’s lives, which is so crazy and so new for human beings. We never had that,” she explained. “I really want to still pay most of the attention to my job as a craft and not lose the art in it and the relationships that are meaningful to me.” – Gigi Hadid
“It had become so consuming to me. It’s what I woke up to and went to sleep too.” – Selena Gomez
Jason Does Stuff really opens up and invites you all in on how his social media detox went-
Allie tells us how to take our own social media breaks