There’s no denying that social media has a powerful role in our lives and personal relationships. It helps us stay connected, spread information, and share our stories with one another in a really unique way.
But isn’t it safe to say that many times – instead of adding to our lives, it begins to take over? I know that there are times in my life that I’m guilty of this. Even as I write this post, I am increasingly aware that my life is slowly creeping back in that direction.
It’s easy to get to a place where we want to post about the moments of life more than we actually savor those moments.
Maybe you’re aware of this tendency in your own life. If so, consider the following signs that maybe it’s time for a social media break:
11. You’ve actually said the word “hash-tag” out loud in a conversation.
10. You’ve started formulating your thoughts in the form of a Status Update or Tweet.
9. The majority of your socializing during the week requires the use of an electronic screen.
8. The first thing you do when you wake up–or the last thing before you fall asleep — is check social media.
7. You have been known to interrupt conversations with real life people or stop an actual social interaction to post a photo, tweet a quote, or update a status.
6. The first urge you get in a moment of down-time is the urge to “check” the Social Media happenings.
5. You’ve been known to peek at your phone while driving–just to see what’s going on.
4. You go on with the intention of a quick look- but it quickly turns into an hour or more and devours your time.
3. The main reason you know what is going on in your friend’s lives is because you’ve read about it- not talked about it.
2. You find your emotions and self-esteem are either elated, or depressed- based on your experience online.
1. Your online life is starting to have a negative impact on your real-life relationships.
If you find yourself caught up in one or more of the above list- than maybe it’s time to step back for a while and take a break. While that might mean unplugging for an evening, a day, a weekend, or even longer–more than simply unplugging from social media- it’s a deeper call to plug back into real life.
It’s important to make sure that we are using social media as a way to enhance our lives- rather than allowing it to become life itself.
*If you liked this article this, check out: Social Pornography: Social Media vs. Real Life, and 3 Ways Social Media Can Impact Real-Life Relationships.
Debra Fileta is a Professional Counselor, national speaker, relationship expert, and author of True Love Dates: Your Indispensable Guide to Finding the Love of Your Life, where she writes candidly about dating, relationships, and how to find true love. Her newest book, Choosing Marriage, is set to be released in the Summer of 2018! You may also recognize her voice from her 200+ articles at Relevant Magazine, Crosswalk.com, and all over the web! She’s the creator of this True Love Dates Blog, reaching over 4 million people with the message that healthy people make healthy relationships! Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter or book a session with her today!