A Word on Frequency

Top 10 Signs You Need to Take  Break From Social Media

By Anna Rodriguez posted on Business 2 Community 07/10/14 **edited for length

1. Social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) are becoming your main platforms of communication.

We know how easy and convenient it is to reconnect with family and friends through social media.  Oftentimes though, people end up communicating constantly through social media without making the effort to see each other anymore. No matter how much we try to find alternatives to it, there is nothing more powerful than real life connections.

2. Social media is keeping you from being productive.

Social media platforms, when used without caution, can be the most distracting thing ever. If you are constantly checking your news feed, you are likely to get very little work done on time. Yes, social media content is addictive, but we must know the proper time and place to access it.

3. Too much of your personal life is plastered all over social media.

Posting heavily on social networking sites is becoming the digital alternative to writing in a diary. People update their statuses with even the most mundane of things, or worse, with things that are better kept private. How many of us have encountered a status that was posted with the purpose of picking a fight? Or statuses that are obviously rooted from a quarrel? Many of us are guilty of this, and we must learn to take it under control.

4. You rant way too much online.

So your (insert authority figure/family member/friend) has been pestering you all week and with an impulsive wave of emotions, you post nonstop about how you just want to "respond". Well, don’t be surprised if one of your (fellow student/sibling/friends) chance upon this particular tweet, and you get in trouble quicker than you can even say #hashtag.

5. You spend too much of your time on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram following people you haven’t met.

Social media has redefined the way we socialize. It has become a habit of ours to check if the person we’re about to meet likes the same things we do. Sure, it is tempting to get to know a person through their Facebook page—it can be an aid to a fruitful conversation later on. But keep in mind, genuine connections are built through actual conversations, not by you obsessively looking through where they’ve been in 2008.

6. You access social media even when you’re supposed to be concentrating on other things.

A study on social media engagement reveals that 60% or so of social media time is spent on smartphones and tablets. And because it’s very accessible this way, people tend to check their social media accounts while driving, cooking, and during a multitude of other activities that require full attention. If you catch yourself doing this, stop immediately. It’s not safe.

7. You feel socially cut off from everything when you don’t have access to the Internet.

Your social media self badly needs a break if your social media accounts are the first things you run to when you feel alone. Don’t let your social media life define you instead try to drift and tame yourself from social media.

8. Your self-esteem is somewhat tied to how many “Likes” or “Retweets” you get.

All of us, at some point, have been guilty of this. Try not to let your social media popularity (or lack thereof) affect how you see yourself. Don’t get caught up in this trap. Instead, post things that matter to you and don’t mind if someone else thinks it’s cool.

9. You check your social media accounts upon waking up in the morning, and before you close your eyes at night.

Yes, it’s hard not to do this. But every once in a while, try to look out the window first upon waking up. You may be amazed when what you see outside is better than your best friend’s breakfast post on Instagram.

10. You have turned into a zombie.