If you can’t attend a party without a check-in on Facebook or a story on Snapchat, you’re probably guilty of social media addiction.
Most of us are so driven by social media that we end up favoring the digital world over the real one, in the process doing ourselves more harm than good.
There have been ample studies linking the overuse of such online social networks to feelings of loneliness, low-esteem and even an escalation in symptoms of depression and anxiety.
A new study, however, shows that quitting social networks may not be the only answer.
A Week-long Detox Boosts Well-being
“After going off Facebook, individuals showed showed significantly improved levels of well-being and increased positivity and life satisfaction”
A new study suggests that just an occasional break can prove to be an effective mood-booster. Danish researchers linked the use of Facebook to a spike in negative emotions, and aimed to deduce if a change in patterns of usage could make a difference.
More than 1000 Facebook users were tested on different measures of social-media use and well-being. Half of them were told to continue using Facebook as before, while the other users were encouraged to take a break by deleting the app from their mobiles.
The group that took a detox showed significantly improved levels of well-being and increased positivity and life satisfaction.
Lessons To Learn From The Study
“Social media can be so addictive that some users who were asked to stay off Facebook couldn’t resist logging in, despite having deleted the app at the start”
Some of the users who were asked to stay off Facebook couldn’t resist logging in, despite having deleted the app at the start. This in itself is a testament to how addictive social media networks can actually be.
While analyzing the results, researchers recognized that even within those who abstained, the mental health-benefits were maximum for heavy users, for people who used Facebook passively (merely viewing instead of posting and commenting), and those who showed a considerable amount of envy while using the network.
Using social media networks doesn’t have to be all bad. Using it to communicate with your close buddies and connecting to like-minded people can actually boost your well-being and make you feel better. So, instead of deleting your Facebook account, moderate your usage.
If you’re having a tough time doing this, log out and go for a walk instead – the real world is pretty amazing too!