I do not know about you, but with all the negativity in the world these days, I have had to step away from social media. I’ve even heard the term “doomsurfing” being used, meaning we are bombarded with sad, disturbing and negative content constantly, it’s a rabbit hole really that we are falling into.
What is too much social media? When do we need to walk away, or reassess the content we are taking in? Is social media fatigue really a thing?
Social media fatigue can be defined as “a users’ tendency to pull back from social media when they become overwhelmed with too many social media sites, too many friends and followers” (Techopedia, 2020).
Social media can be a wonderful tool, it can connect you with loved ones, and it can connect you to your passions in life. It can also be overwhelming, stressful, and can lead to anxiety or ever sleep deprivation (Ervolino, 2017).
So what have I gained by stepping away from social media for short periods of time during this pandemic? It has allowed me to reset. It has allowed me to prioritize the content I am absorbing. It has forced me to connect with my friends and family in a more traditional way. And by traditional I mean, I have even sent out greeting cards to the seniors in my life who may be feeling a little more isolated. My eight year old niece and I are pen pals at the moment. The excitement she gets from receiving a letter in the mail are the simple joys in life that are worth the anticipation, and can not be replicated through social media the same way.
After putting a pause on social media, I find that I actually look forward to logging on, and catching up with what is going on online. By regularly taking these small breaks, I find that the social media fatigue I had been experiencing is not as dramatic and overwhelming.
Have you had to just step away from social media, and what did you learn by doing so?
Ervolino, B. (2017, October 19). Everybody is exhausted: Stress and social media are taking their toll. Retrieved June 12, 2020, from https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/ct-social-media-exhaustion-20171019-story.html
What is Social Media Fatigue? – Definition from Techopedia. (n.d.). Retrieved June 12, 2020, from https://www.techopedia.com/definition/27372/social-media-fatigue
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