When you’re so accustomed to using social media on a daily basis, cutting back can prove to be really difficult. However, it can help to remind yourself of the reasons you want to cut down, along with the benefits it will bring.
To give you some much-needed motivation, here you’ll discover just 5 benefits of cutting back your social media use.
1. You’ll Get A Better Night’s Sleep
The Bank of America carried out a survey which questioned 1,000 adults in the US. It revealed that 71% of respondents sleep next to, or with their smartphone.
The National Sleep Foundation claims that the blue light which is emitted from your phone, could be keeping you awake for longer.
This is because the blue light messes with melatonin production within the body. It is this which is responsible for helping you to fall asleep. So, cut back on your social media use in bed and you should find it easier to fall asleep.
2. You’ll Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
One of the biggest negatives of social media, is that it often causes us to compare ourselves to others. We see how well our friends, family and colleagues are doing and it can make us feel envious and like we’re not doing as well.
Comparing yourself to others is damaging to your mental health. When you cut back your social media usage, you’ll be amazed how much happier and relaxed you feel because you aren’t comparing yourself to anyone else.
3. You’ll Have More Free Time
It’s estimated the average person spends around two hours every day checking their social media accounts. That’s a lot of time that you’re never going to get back! Not to mention the fact that wasting time on social media can leave you feeling terrible.
By cutting back, you’ll have a lot more free time to spend doing something productive. You could even use the time to pamper yourself and do something you enjoy.
4. You’ll Enjoy Life More
When you aren’t caught up in social media, you’ll be able to appreciate and enjoy life a lot more.
So many people don’t realize that they spend more time worrying about posting what they’re doing on their social media channels, that they don’t actually enjoy what they’re doing.
They certainly don’t appreciate it as much as they would without the social media distraction.
5. It Could Reduce Anxiety and Depression
While there’s no way to tell whether social media causes anxiety and depression, it is definitely linked to mental health issues. By cutting yourself off from social media, you may find you feel a lot more relaxed, happier and less anxious.