4 Signs You Need A Social Media Detox

Let's face it, some of us really do need it.
by Aaliyah Ybanez   |  Jul 16, 2016
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  1.  You can't be separated from your phone for more than 10 minutes.

Sure, stalking that certain photographer on Instagram is valuable for your feed-inspiration but does it really require so much time for you to be online? We end up spending half the day scrolling up and down different social media sites and it can definitely be a bit too much, both for us and the people around us. We end up spending more time with ourselves on our phones than we do with the people we love. What about family dinners or hanging out with friends? If the time you're supposed to spend with them ends up with you dearly clutching your phone with both of your hands and your eyes trained on the screen as you keep scrolling down, then you're definitely in need of some space between you and your smartphone.

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  1. You're afraid of missing out


Do you want to know the number one reason why most people end up spending all day on their Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram feed? They're afraid they'll miss out on something big. May it be a tweet from an ex or another Facebook status from your friends, they want to be the first to know. A little bit dramatic, but it does happen and like it or not, we've all been guilty of this. While it's good to keep in touch with the people who are far from us distance-wise, it's definitely not productive to keep staring at your phone all day waiting for some kind of drama to happen. You end up distancing yourself from people who make it a point to see you or say "hi, how are you?" throughout the day.


  1. You end up feeling more insecure after you use social media

Stalking can be detrimental to your emotional health and here's why: When you spend your own precious time looking at someone else's life through their pictures or tweets, you end up comparing yourself to them. That may lead to you feeling inferior to them. You end up wanting the same things that they have or go to the same places that they've been to, or worst, end up wanting their life as well. Stalking may seem harmless at first but when it consumes all the possible time that you could be using to improve yourself, then that's something you should start looking into. Most people also become more conscious about what other people say when they post images of themselves and that leads them to be more insecure. If what other people say is all you care about, you should know that what they say about you doesn't define who you are.


Similarly, your own posts don't define who you are because who you are online doesn't automatically mirror who you really are in reality.

  1. You can't do anything without tweeting about it or posting a picture on Instagram

There are some things that you should learn to keep to yourself. Some of the important things like your location, address, or where you're staying if you're on a holiday should definitely be kept secret because who knows who could access that information? Another thing is that you should learn to enjoy things by yourself instead of posting all about it.


Do you think it's time for a social media detox or do you think you've got everything under control?

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Aaliyah Ybanez
Candymag.com Correspondent
I'm a 17 year old who is in love with life and yearns to experience every inch of the world when she grows up. When she isn't busy trying to conquer her homework, she binge watches her favorite TV shows and reads books in her spare time. 
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