Social media can be a wonderful thing. You can be inspired by people from all over the world who have the same interests as you, which you couldn’t do by just starting a club in your backyard. You can also connect with people during times when it wouldn’t be possible otherwise, such as seeing pictures of an overseas relative, or chatting with friends during a worldwide pandemic!
However, there are times when social media can cause more harm than good. Checking one’s smart devices constantly can take away from quality time with friends and family, as well as cause fatigue in teens and adults. In fact, of all the people surveyed in a TIME Mobility poll, 84% said they couldn’t go a single day without their smartphones!
Because the detriments of social media only come when people are doing it too much, we only need to limit the amount of time we spend on social media, not get rid of it all together. Instead of spending two full hours checking your friend’s latest tweets, take 15 minute breaks every 30 minutes where you go outside and enjoy nature. Join a book club where you can talk to people in real life about your favorite books instead of scrolling through Facebook in that same time. You won’t regret the time you spent without social media, and your body and mind will thank you.