How important is a social media detox and how frequently should we have one?

Tapsi
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Alexey Shashkov
Inspired product maker
Hey, Tapsi. I don't think we need to detox social media if we love it and it's an important part of our job=)
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Tapsi
Marketing Specialist | Observer
@shashcoffe Yep, I agree. As a marketer, I can never completely stop using social media but I try to balance the time I spend on it.
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Shitiz Dogra
Wellbeing for All
@shashcoffe Of course. Detox here probably means a voluntary pause in the personal capacity not in a professional one. I'm also a marketer and a social media detox doesn't impact my understanding of the social world or kills my connection with it. It simply means I'm spending more time with myself than my cellphone/laptop.
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Alexey Shashkov
Inspired product maker
@tapsi I hear you, Tapsi. What, if anything, have you done to try to balance the time you spend on it?
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Alexey Shashkov
Inspired product maker
@djogy Now I get it, Shitiz.
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Tapsi
Marketing Specialist | Observer
@djogy Absolutely!
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Shitiz Dogra
Wellbeing for All
I've tried it twice in last two yrs. Took break from social apps and texting etc. for 3 months/yr. I replaced it with writing, thinking, observing and being mindful. Currently, the routine to stay "not addicted" involves relaxing music and meditation using an app.
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Tapsi
Marketing Specialist | Observer
@djogy Amazing! I try to take a break once every 6 months. It feels great.
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Shitiz Dogra
Wellbeing for All
@tapsi Totally. It gives us time to observe things around us, look deep inside us and just be. Not chasing any unread notifications. Its bliss.
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Tapsi
Marketing Specialist | Observer
@djogy Absolutely, pure bliss.
Hande Yılmaz
Marketing at Yesil Health
Social media detox is like myths. It's part of our life and pretending like it's not here is just toxic, not detox. Be an adult and get plan your timing guys!
Tapsi
Marketing Specialist | Observer
@handeeyilmazz I think anything can get toxic if we don't view it in the right light. When you are addicted to social media for validation, it's unhealthy. At the same time, if you are taking a break from it and all the time wondering what you'll do when you get back is also not healthy. Needing to maintain that balance is the key.
Lior Galante Cohen (Vaza)
Team Lead @ Amy
After yesterday's social media outage, this question seems more relevant than ever :)
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Tapsi
Marketing Specialist | Observer
@lior_galante_cohen hahaha, I can't believe the timing of this!
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Iren
Biologist, future data analyst in med
Hi, Tapsi! I believe, it's essential for out minds to have such detox regularly. Certainly, that's impossible to avoid using social media for quite a long time if your work is connected with it. However, it would be profitable for your sleep quality and for health if you don't watch at screens a few hours before sleep time.
Jakub Piskor
No-code solopreneur | Userdome.com
Hi Tapsi, it depends on the platform, imo. For example, I’m happier when I don’t use FB or Instagram so I would say that I have detox twice a month for these two platforms. On the other side, I enjoy using Twitter where is awesome community of entrepreneurs and professionals. I don’t need break from tweeting. :)
TL Robinson
Founder, GOTU
Personally, I am not on social media more than I am on it. For my company, we're in the process of adjusting the engagement with the community.
Sofya Narbut
Product Management & Design @ Aaply
I just have a rule if I hang out with people I don't check my phone. Nice small breaks. At least it stops the everlasting acting upon phone addiction for some time :)
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Jaskiran Kaur
I am fond of Science,Technology,Art,etc
I think Social Media is great when used for a good purpose. I have liked and follow so many things like the knowledgeable things related to my field, fun things to destress myself, things that I am interested in and want to know how it's going,etc.
Janinah
Business Analyst in Leamington Spa UK.
Quit Facebook and Instagram 5 years ago and never looked back. Only social media I use is Linked In and even then I only use it as I know as a professional its important to be on there
Prashant Angyan
Padawan
I think going and reading the opposing views is a really important part of social media, not necessarily a detox regiment. But the social media algos and the people we follow puts us in thought silos. Some times those silos are not very productive and an alternate perspective can be really useful in judging your ideas or products. It can be refreshing and productive to get an alternative view. But it can be hard getting out of that silo. Right now I am trying to figure out how important social media really is to grow a business and get an alternate perspective from people who have grown their business without social media. But it is really hard because those people are not on social media!
Folusho Oladipo
Fullstack Engineer. Ex MDI and Andela.
I think it's very important. For one thing, I suggest that we all turn off notifications and only check these apps when we want to, as opposed to having our attention grabbed by new notifications. If that is not feasible for you, at least modify your phone's settings such that notifications from WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook etc don't make your phone ring or vibrate. Maybe just limit the alert to the blinking of your phone's notification light if it has one. Otherwise, just stick with no ringing or vibrating. In my case, I started out by stopping WhatsApp's notifications from causing my phone to ring or vibrate. This was a relief as it made me see alerts only when I next opened my phone, not immediately the alert arrived. Now, I've turned off notifications altogether and I only check-in on the app when I want to. Even if you can't go as far as I have, I suggest you do something drastic to take back the time and attention that these platforms have been wrangling from you.
swati poddar
Love Tech enabling e-commerce
I deleted my instagram profile for good 30 days ago and its been the best decision ever! I collated some of my thoughts here: https://medium.com/@swatipoddar/...
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Tapsi
Marketing Specialist | Observer