@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.
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.
@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.
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.
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. :)
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.
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!
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.