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Social Media Breaks Versus Moderation

A short while back I wrote this on Instagram:

This little cheese ball and I have been spending a lot of these past few nights sitting together, quietly eating snacks while the rest of the house is passed out.
Normally I’d put on a show for us, play on my phone or do something requiring technology. But I’ve been feeling pretty burnt out when it comes to social media, television and even the car radio. The more I try to ignore it, the more it grows. Before I know it, something that would have been a simple ‘scroll on and ignore’ turns into an ‘Ughhh why am I even here?!’

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going anywhere and I have accepted that, but breaks are never a bad idea.

If we don’t shake things up a bit, we end up stuck in a pattern that can lead towards depression, anxiety, anger and so on. If you already struggle with these, well…

Poor patterns just feed the fire.

I’m going to challenge you to stop, turn your phone off, walk away from the computer or the TV or whatever it is that you do, just give yourself a moment to make sure it’s still making you happy.

If it isn’t, take a break.

You don’t have to make an announcement, you don’t have to live your life through a device or cater to people who you’ve never met.

This isn’t a shot at social media, many times it’s a blessing. However, it’s all about how you use it and quite frankly we aren’t always in full control of that if we’re letting our emotions or addictive patterns take the lead.

However, looking back I feel like my issue isn’t about taking breaks so much as it is about consistent moderation versus excessive use.

Take this Mama for instance, she doesn’t believe in breaks because frankly, she uses Social Media in a healthy manny as her daily routine. Its her selfcare method and just as many of us can (and should) admit… it is apart of her real life.

So, after much thought and many ‘tiny breaks’ I’ve ultimately come to the conclusion that just as @AppleFallsPrints puts it, moderation is best.

If you are taking these little breaks and then letting the mountain of all that is the chaos of social media addiction grip the wheel again, well… you might want to start thinking of a new schedule to help get you started in the right direction, I know I have.

My plan is to organize my day from most important tasks to least, leaving it flexible enough that it doesn’t uproot everything my family has become accustomed to.

Afterall, this is my challenge not theirs.

6 thoughts on “Social Media Breaks Versus Moderation

  1. So crazy you posted this now. I did my monthly social media fast in honor of my son last week. I got to thinking about how it feels like an addiction cleanse every month. At the beginning of the week, I have to force myself to stay away from it. It’s hard. I crave the scroll! By the end of the week, I’m feeling free and relieved. My reason for doing my fast is personal and until the situation with my son changes, I will continue to fast one week each month because that’s what God inspired me to do.

    I do believe balance is very important with everything in life. I determined during this past week that even when I’m not fasting, I need to not be involved in social media quite so much. I need to get more balance with it.

    Thanks for this post. 🙂

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  2. I’m generally in agreement with the idea that moderation every day (or most days), is better than on all the time and then a break. The only site I find I have to take a long time in between checking is Facebook (I get sucked in mindlessly otherwise), but honestly, after cutting down to checking my personal Facebook notifications once a week, I found I don’t even miss it.
    On other sites like Twitter or Instagram, though, things go by too fast, and I also find them not as addicting, so I’ll check those a few times a day.

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