Social media is so much ingrained into our lives that detaching ourselves can be difficult. For those who do manage to cut the cord , it’s generally temporary. The promise of being in touch may tempt us back to the familiar world of pings and profile pictures. For a healthier and happier life, you might try to quit something: Facebook, sugar, gossiping, hitting the snooze button. Nowadays, many people have focused their self-improvement energy at trying to quit social media, at least temporarily.
Once, even I made up my mind to go on sabbatical from social media for my research paper. I was worried about filling my extra time. I also wanted to check whether all gurus I follow were giving me an inferiority complex.
Digital detoxing is disconnecting from technology, whether it is leaving your phone behind during a walk or spending a whole weekend without making use of a computer.
People take Facebook breaks because like any other bad habit. It sips up their time and distracts them from doing other things. At some point, the unending reel of photos and posts can become exhausting. Also, the glamorous selfies, flame wars and hyped up lives appear to be a bore or may be a burden.
Facebook breaks are so much in trend that even researchers are finding what happens to people whom they disconnect with. And whether the breaks can solve the emotional distress that is attributed to technology. They are discovering that breaks do help some people while hurt others. Our bond with Facebook, has become a “can’t live with it, can’t live without it” one.
Pros & Cons of a Facebook sabbatical According to an analysis, people who continued to be on Facebook had considerable gains in how contented they felt about them and their lives. But something positive seemed to take place, to the quitters. They spent nearly two hours longer connecting with people face to face on the Sunday. As per the research, the more time the quitter sspend with other beings, the better they felt.
I personally tried a one-week sabbatical, but I couldn’t observe any major psychological changes. But I could find time to read a lengthy book, which I couldn’t read ever since a long time.
Participants who quit Facebook for a week in a 2019 analysis, used the additional time to do new things, especially the men. Instead of scrolling Facebook for two hours a day, the quitters could find more time to exercise and cook healthy foods at home. They also made fewer impulse buying and could save more.
The researchers could find some pitfalls also. Comparing two groups as Facebook quitters, it was found with one of the groups not using it completely and the other using Facebook as usual. Surprisingly, the quitters were doing worse. They were less satisfied with life, underwent greater negative emotions and felt lonelier than people who had remained plugged in.
Just because you use Facebook doesn’t mean it has to dominate your life. There are ways to “keep it small.” You can take the app off your phone or you may block yourself from using it for certain hours of the day. Quitting Facebook for a while might be a good thing. If you are tempted to try, there is no time like now.