It’s time to unplug, and I don’t mean your flat iron or your hot rollers. I’m talking about taking a break from social media with a digital detox, even if it’s only for a few hours.
That laid back feeling of spring is here, but this time of year can also bring the stresses of graduating, internship searching and job hunting. People often say they need some “me time,” but if they’re signed in on multiple social media sites can they really be getting that relaxing alone time?
The hundreds of people around the world who participate in the National Day of Unplugging each year in March would say no to this question. So would many experts who say staying plugged in to social media can cause negative effects, including increased stress, lack of focus and sleep loss.
It might be May, but that doesn’t mean you can’t unplug like it’s March every day. You won’t have to sift through your unchecked Twitter feed, cringe at annoying status updates or answer those pesky emails. Ignore the world for a few hours and this time you’ll have an excuse.
Scared to be social media-less or don’t know where to begin? Take it slowly by trying one of these fun and easy ways to be social media-free, if only for an hour or two:
1. Instead of scrolling through your twitter feed, flip through that book or magazine you’ve been dying to read.
2. Take a 10-minute break to stretch and do breathing exercises.
3. Get your friends in on the unplugging by playing a game that requires the loser to buy dinner or drinks. How? Everyone stacks their phones in the center of the table. The first person to crack and reach for their phone loses!
4. Go for a quick run. You’re Facebook friends will still be there when you return.
5. Have a face-to-face conversation with a friend or family member in which both of you agrees to silence your phones. Isn’t it nice to have their full attention without the distracting tweets, texts, emails, updates, calls, snaps and scrolls? I think so.
This blog was written by Laura Monroe, our Campus Ambassador at University of Alabama.