David Williams | 13 Mar 2018
Social media has become an enormous part of many people’s lives. This is amazing for a number of reasons, not least because social media has only been around for a relatively short space of time. It wasn’t long after social media was born, however, that virtually everyone was connected to at least one platform. And some, it need not be said, are connected to as many as five social media platforms.
There are many benefits to being connected to social media, such as staying touch with friends and family, getting important news updates on entertainment and political events, and being directly connected to interests.
But it is often argued that social media can be more of a burden than many realise. And, as such, many are deciding to disconnect from social media altogether. Why?
It can be great getting updated on topics of interest. A person could, for example, have a live feed to their mobile device, informing them about a favourite hobby. It’s a convenient way to keep up to date, of this there is no doubt. But it’s just as easy to also be bombarded with information on social justice causes, political issues, points of social tension, and so much more.
A person not careful could find themselves drowning in news feeds that bring nothing but stress, tension, and frustration. Of course, being involved in causes that aim to improve the world is one thing, but permanently being at the focal points of these discussions is the fast road to being a very stressed individual.
In other words, social media can quickly be overwhelming, especially if a person is not discerning about the feeds they decide to open themselves up to.
And this is saying nothing about the aggressive conflict and propaganda a person can open themselves up to. From political movements looking to discredit opposition, to those looking to find support for causes, there are so many groups looking to use social media as leverage that many platforms have become saturated.
All of this, plus the pressure to appear happy and successful to friends and family, is a recipe to make a person’s life a great deal less comfortable than it once was. After all, was anyone looking for more pressure and stress to be added to their lives?
This has given rise to many simply swearing off social media altogether, and easing up serious, largely unnecessary, stress and tension. Most who do so insist that their lives are a great deal less complicated, and far less bogged down by mostly unneeded extra work.
It has, in fact, been reported by many medical experts that social media is a major source of stress for modern people. So much so that a number of professionals have suggested disconnecting from social media as a great way to reduce stress levels. Fortunately, just because you disconnect from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and all other platforms doesn’t mean you have to disconnect from the Internet all together. You can still go online for more enjoyable activities, such as playing casino games or looking at funny pictures of cats.
On the other hand, a person could simply use social media in more selective and discerning manner. After all, there is no need to engage or sign up for feeds that cause conflict or stress. By simply managing social media carefully, the platforms can once again become pleasant, informative feeds of information, as they were originally intended.
Alternately, breaks from social media could also be taken, simply to break up the time spent focusing on news feeds, and neglecting other areas of life. Either way, it need not be forgotten that social media accounts can be suspended, and later reactivated, as the user sees fit.