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Social Media Detox is the exclusion of social media consumption for a particular period of time. Usually, the time period for an effective social media detox is 30 days. Some people hold back for a week and some even for a year. Social Media Detox becomes necessary for a person when the over usage of social media becomes toxic and distressing.
- The engagement of people to use social media is growing extensively as youth is getting exposure and access to smartphones and the internet.
- The statistics show that India has marked the second-highest number of social media users in the world which means that there are 250+ social media users around the world.
- The ‘Jio wave’ played a crucial role in engaging users in smartphones with captivating offers and pricing for the past two years.
- A large proportion of youth spends time on social media in the range of 1 to 5 hours majorly to stay in touch with their friends or spending hours to end up scrolling.
- On the contrary, the youth use social media to gain employment opportunities, internships to gain awareness through it.
- Therefore, we can say that the impact of social media on youth is a fusion of both positives and negatives.
Impact of Social Media on Youth
- Studies show that there is a correlation between the usage of social media and an increased rate of anxiety, depression, poor sleeping schedule, and deaths due to car accidents while using a smartphone.
- Social media is supposed to increase the interactions in the real world, despite it results in a fall in real involvement among people. A bend towards texting over face-to-face communication resulted in anxiety and loneliness among people.
- In order to catch up with the latest trends, people have increased the usage of social media to satisfy a particular psychological need. This resulted in a rise in FOMO (fear of missing out) among youth.
- According to research published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, it is stated that artificial light (blue light) at night not only impact sleep but also melatonin levels and blood pressure.
- A hazardous effect of social media is the fallacious spreading of fake news all over the world. Fake news can result in miscommunication of information during terror attacks, natural calamities, elections. It can cause havoc among the general public.
- There is no doubt that social media accelerated education and learning around the world. From new entrepreneurship opportunities to providing a platform for artists, musicians, and dancers especially from rural areas, the use of social media is accurately done.
- To be precise, “Awareness and Exposure” are the two main benefits of social media. Creating a hub of information is an easy task but delivering delightful information is something rare. Youths are exposed to the news. Even awareness about useful campaigns is reached to millions through it.
- Social media acts as a big boost to unleash all the constraints that an entrepreneur gets encountered.
- Social media is also being used actively to motivate the youth to vote in elections and to actively participate in social issues.
- Since youth is actively involved in all the activities related to social media, the approachability and visibility of all the essential issues are magnified.
5 BEST WAYS TO A HEALTHY AND MINDFUL LIFE
Delegation of time- Some people are so addicted to social media that the first and last thing they do in a day is to check their phones. It not only results in a waste of time but also leads to a disoriented peace of mind. Setting up timers and delegation of time can be useful to stay fresh and focused on other things as well.
Spending time with loved ones- We are so much involved in the virtual world that spending time with family and friends is the least of our priorities. Having a real conversation can solve any problem other than interacting and sticking to phones all the time.
Analyzing the reason behind retention- Identify which apps you are using the most is the primary step to stop the over usage of the particular application. “Screen time” or “ most used apps” are the places where you can see how much time you are devoting to a particular application.
Setting time for the usage- You have to set a time, say, after 9 pm at night you are not going to use your phone. Similarly, after waking up you are not going to check up on the messages at first. Give a moment to breathe, set goals for the day and give a fresh start. Use it for essential and important things only.
A step towards meditation- An excess use of social media can lead to anxiety issues and feelings of loneliness. This can be combated by practicing meditation to stable all the chaos. It helps to manage stress, to sleep better, and to increase productivity in work.