By Elisha Gabrielle Estacio
Chalk Campus Correspondent
What's the first thing you do when you wake up early in the morning? Is it scrolling through your Instagram feed? Checking the latest tweets from your Twitter timeline? Or replying to unseen personal messages on your Facebook Messenger?
Whether you document everything you do on social media or simply browse on different platforms, we can’t deny the fact that social media has become an inevitable part of our day-to-day. Admit it or not, we are all obsessed with it at some level. There are instances when we even feel anxious when we can't keep our hands on our phones. When you feel like this, it helps to think about going offline from social media for a while. It may not be easy, but it's definitely achievable! Here's how:
1. Allot pockets of time away from your smartphone. Once you allow yourself to be away from social media for certain periods of time, there’s a huge chance that you can lessen the reflex to open your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Consciously withdrawing from endless browsing through your News Feed will surely make a difference from your phone habits.
2. Take up a new hobby. You want to learn how to play the violin, finish the portrait that you’ve been doing for weeks, or want to be the new president of the student council? Go for it! Don’t allow Instagram to take all your precious time updating your stories showing your new bike instead of actually riding it!
3. Spend quality time with your loved ones. You’re at a dinner with a balikbayan friend you haven’t seen for years, but you keep on taking pictures of the food in front of you or viewing your other friends' Instagram Stories of the night. Set your phone aside! We don't think getting double taps on the perfect photo is more important than actually spending time with someone who came all the way to meet you!
4. Keep your priorities in check. You see a post about a newly engaged couple and decide it #RelationshipGoals. You start thinking about your future husband when you’re a third-year college student who needs to do her own proposal—a research proposal, that is! Focus on the things that are actually right in front of you instead of wishing you have the life of those you follow on the Internet.
5. Realize what's truly important. Instead of preparing for your lola’s birthday party next week, you spend your spare time confirming if the breakup of your school’s beauty pageant King and Queen is true. You don’t even know if those people care about your existence. Stop thinking about them and reward your lola with the surprise she deserves!
Don’t get us wrong, we can't live without social media, too, but too much of something can also be a bad thing. Put down your phone and start living your life and not making it social media-perfect. If you've decided on taking a break or have already done so before, share your experience with us in the comments!
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