Recently I took a short break from social media. I didn’t feel like posting anything anywhere. I did not plan it, I just fell out of it for a while. After a few days of staying off of Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, and Instagram, I felt a calmness come over me. I was able to focus on the important things in my life instead of always looking for the next photo or post to share and then checking to see how many likes my post received. I guess it was time to take a break and think about my relationship with social media. I’m not saying social media is all bad. It has a good side too. I learn new ideas, voices, and viewpoints I wouldn’t otherwise but the negative effects are strong and can be damaging.
Taking a break from social media helped me understand the power it has. It consumes our time, energy, and our actions. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
You don’t owe social media anything.
You don’t owe it your time.
You don’t owe it your energy.
You don’t owe it your attention.
You don’t owe it your health.
You don’t owe it your self-esteem.
You don’t owe it your mental health.
You don’t owe it your privacy.
Spend your time, energy, and attention on your loved ones and most importantly take care of yourself first.