Hence, a break away from your online communities can become very necessary for your wellbeing. Here are ten signs that point to the likelihood that you could use a break:
- You find yourself threatening to leave social media, but always change your mind the next day.
- It has been at least a week since you have connected in a meaningful way with your kids.
- It has been at least a week since you have connected in a meaningful way with your spouse.
- Your sense of self-worth is now wrapped up in the number of “likes” you get or do not get on your posts.
- Online communities have become the primary place where you share your inmost thoughts and feelings.
- You find yourself more often than not participating in unhealthy online conversations, including arguing, criticizing, gossiping, and the like.
- (For marrieds) You have begun compromising the trust in your most sacred relationship by the images you look at, and the people you are friending/following or talking to.
- Social media has become your go-to for creating the kind of personal image you have always wanted, but clearly does not line up with reality.
- You do not have the maturity to discern what is and what is not appropriate for social media (hint: if you think just about anything goes as long as it is in line with how you feel in any given moment, you probably fit in this category).
- You have started slacking off or avoiding daily responsibilities in favor of being online.
What else would you add to this list?