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3 Major Signs That You *NEED* to Take a Digital Detox

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"In case you missed it," there goes Twitter serving what has become your daily breakfast in bed.

Most of us are probably guilty of checking our phones first thing in the morning regardless of being half-awake. If someone entered your room and took away everything inside it, you will first know Katherine's tweets from an argument with her boyfriend last night; everything that happened at Michaela's birthday party from another island through her Instagram stories; and what half of your 1,500 friends are up to through your newsfeed before noticing that everything inside your room—except for your bed and your phone—is missing.

Being on the internet and engaging ourselves in social media isn't totally a bad thing. But just like everything else, we need to be responsible users and consider our limitations and see that there are a lot more things outside the internet that we should engage in and prioritize. How? Here are the three major signs:

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  1. You fail to accomplish school/org work because you spend too much time on your social media accounts.

Sure, it's okay to check your social media accounts occasionally and be updated with your friends and whatever is happening on the internet, given that this also tells you about what's happening in your community or even in the world. But it would be better if you accomplish your necessary work first before lying down and scrolling through your accounts. Constantly refreshing your feed when it has nothing new and relevant to show just means you can now log out and do something more productive.

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  1. During events or gatherings, you are always busy finding the perfect angle for your photos and videos that you end up missing the fun.

Capturing photos and videos of memorable events are your way of having constant reminders of how these days and certain people made you feel. But there are certain memories that are enough to be enjoyed especially when you are in the moment, without you holding your phone and missing the little things because you are busy with getting the perfect angle. 

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  1. You are more connected to the people on the internet than the actual people around you.

The internet has truly made it easy for us to reconnect with people who live miles away from us and even those we have never even known. However, spending too much time trying to connect with people that we find impossible to personally communicate with also somehow disconnected us from the actual people around us.

We find ourselves scrolling our phones most of the time that we forget to spend time with the people who live exactly in the same house as we do. When we get good news, do we tweet it first before even telling our loved ones? Exactly.

Taking a digital detox doesn't mean you need to take down all your social media accounts, never go online, and go live in a cave. It just means that you need to take a break from using social media and try to correct any of the three issues stated above that you have. We are in a modern world, there is nothing wrong in catching up with modernism as long as you don't get all caught up.

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How long do you think you'd last on a digital detox? Give it a try and tell us how it goes!

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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song

By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

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You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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