I am a serial “oversharer” on social media. This should not come to a surprise to you because I post on Facebook, write a blog, manage a food and fitness Instagram in addition to my personal one, and constantly share my day on Snapchat and Instastory. I really enjoy connecting with others through shared life experiences and seeing what other people are up to. Through social media I have reconnected with a lot of childhood friends and former classmates. Although I enjoy sharing my personal life with my friends and family, sometimes I need a break from it all.
Here are some reasons to take a social media cleanse:
-Politics: I can barely scroll down a couple of posts before I find a political debate or argument (depending on how you interpret it). This should not be a surprise to me because I lived in the DC area where everyone is super into politics, but it can be really overwhelming at times. We need to take a step back and realize that everyone is not going to be your political cup of tea. Are you posting something on Facebook to make a point or to purposely stir the pot? I am guilty of both but I have been scaling down on my political posts because it’s not worth the time to argue with your friends and family.
-Impersonal Communication: There are some people I have not talked to since college yet we are still friends on social media. The only communication we have nowadays is “liking” posts and saying “Happy Birthday.” I have actively started conversations with people by texting or calling them and it has been such a positive move in my personal life. Sometimes we forgo “real” communication when everyone just appears as a photo with a sentence on social media. Try contacting people outside of social media and make plans to see them if you can.
-Nosiness: We all know someone that only comes into our life when something exciting or new happens because they want to know all the details. If I’m going to announce something on social media, my inner circle of friends and select family will know before everyone else. While I do not mind people asking about my personal life, it can feel very intrusive when someone asks “I heard you live in New York. Can I stay with you?” or “I saw your new profile photo, who is that person?” It gets a little awkward when I realize that the last text they sent was from 2015.
-Relationships: A lot of my friends have taken a hiatus from social media after a big breakup. This is okay! You do not owe anyone an explanation of what happened. Your friends will tell you to cleanse your Facebook of your ex’s photos and delete them. That is entirely up to you to decide how you want to handle it.
-FOMO: Everyone loves to talk about FOMO or “fear of missing out.” Parties! Vacations! Weddings! New homes! Babies! All of your social media is probably flooded with so many amazing things happening to everyone else and you may feel like you are missing out on something big. If you feel this way, step away from your computer or your phone and do something that lets you focus on what makes you happy.