Can You Actually Go On A Social Media Detox While Staying Connected?
by Inside Manila Team, August 02, 2019 4:45pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
Technology was made to serve us. We create things, like social media apps, to make our lives better. As easy as a tap of your finger, you have more control over a limited amount of time we have every day. But is social media actually improving our lives? Or have we become slaves of our own creation?
Social media addiction is probably gotten out of hand, lately. Social media can wear you out mentally, encourage unhealthy habits, and threaten your security. Here are 4 of the reasons why social media is a scourge in the digital world.
It’s stressing you out.
The pressure of having to keep up with all your friends 24/7 can stimulate an increase in cortisol, the stress hormone. Being on social media has also been shown to mess with your sleep patterns. Many people spend one to two hours browsing their social media accounts on their phones before going to bed—that’s fewer hours of catching some valuable zzzs!
It’s messing with your self-image.
Seeing everyone curate the best of their lives online can really weigh you down. For starters, it could trigger a sense of dissatisfaction. Comparing everyone’s beautiful, filtered posts to your own life can make you feel inadequate.
Dr. Gustilo-Villasor and Dr. Go-Chu add that irresponsible social media use can cause people to develop “a perceived lack in the quality or quantity of social support systems; a predilection for upward social comparison with seemingly superior others, leading to poor self-esteem and negative self-evaluation; a constant desire for positive peer feedback; and a susceptibility to cyberbullying and online harassment,” which may later progress into a mental illness.
It’s no surprise, then, that social media can give people the false impression that they aren’t good enough.
It’s not a substitute for real life.
Have you heard of The Outside? It’s a lovely place on the other side of your door. You don’t need Wi-Fi to access it, but you can still have lots of fun adventure. Getting off social media opens you up to the wonders of real life, where you can nurture face-to-face relationships and pursue new interests.
It’s invading your privacy.
Social media turns your digital life into an open book. Things like GPS, data tracking, and more keep tabs on you all the time. Even when you aren’t navigating a road, social media apps can still track your location.
What’s more, your social media profile is prone to be breached by third parties. They use people’s online activities to create targeted content, from regular ads to dangerous propaganda campaigns. You don’t want your private info to be used for someone else’s ulterior motives, so why put it out there in the first place?
If these do sound familiar, it’s best to quit at least ease up on your social media use. Don’t worry! It’s not like you’re disconnecting from family and friends. Messaging apps are a great alternative for keeping communication lines open since they let you chat with your contacts while insulating you from all the hazards of social media.
Viber lets you keep the perks of social media without any of its security risks.
On Communities, you can start massive group chats that connect you with people who share your interests. Share photos, polls, news articles, and more without any of your private info being compromised. Not only that, but this feature also allows you to keep up with the latest happenings—minus the social media stress—by subscribing to news agencies’ Viber Communities.
You can also start with Hidden Chats, which are stored in a separate section of the app that can only be accessed with a 4-digit PIN. Since they are not shown with your regular chats, Hidden Chats help you ensure that your most private conversations can never be seen by anyone else.
With Group Calls, you can get real-time barkada or family updates with up to 5 people. Save yourself the hassle of contacting people one by one with this easy, convenient feature.
Now that social media is proven to be bad for us in many ways, moving to messaging apps like Viber is turning out to be a healthier, less demanding—and most importantly—more private way of keeping in touch.
This article is created based on a press release by Rakuten Viber.