By Maan de Vera
When was the last time you went on a full social media detox? Whatever your answer may be, we think that the coming holidays would be a great time to go on hiatus from your digital life.
And we’re here to give you 3 reasons why:
1. It will free you from the celebration jealousy.
No matter how simple or extravagant your celebrations may be, someone out there will spend the holidays “better” than you do, and you will most likely stumble upon this if you’re on social media. While it can be fun to see what other people are up to, it can also lead you to feel like you aren’t celebrating right. This leads us to our next point.
2. It will prevent you from trying to curate the seemingly perfect Holiday.
How many times did you fake having fun on social media? For us, it’s definitely more than what we should. This Christmas and New Year, save yourself with the pressure of taking the perfect OOTDs, boomerangs of your drinks, and party photos of the people that you’re with. Wouldn’t it be better to just spend the time just doing exactly what you want without trying to capture an IG moment or your next profile picture?
3. It will let you live in the moment.
It’s ironic how disconnecting from social media is most of the time the only way to reconnect with those who are physically there with you. While it can be really tempting, try to keep your phone down during Christmas light shows, fireworks, and other shenanigans. Instead, bask in the moment and actually enjoy with the people around you without any distractions from your notifications or taking breaks to post online.
It may be difficult to imagine going for a few days without checking our social media accounts to see “what’s up,” but at the end of the day, we just need to embrace the fact that there is life beyond these apps. And sometimes, the best way to live it up is to go offline.
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