Do yourself a favor and take a break from social media

This election has been exhausting. Mentally, emotionally, even physically exhausting. Whether or not you are satisfied with the outcome, it has been — I’m going to say it again — exhausting.

I am one who believes that everyone should have the right to voice their opinion. But when I open my social media to view the pure hate and disgust in people when someone’s views and beliefs don’t align with their own, it makes me sick to my stomach.

So, I deleted all of my social media. It’s craziness, I know! How could any millennial possibly live without social media?

Well, I figured it out.

I went a week with no Facebook, no Twitter, no Snapchat, no Instagram. I cleansed myself of the cancerous rhetoric that was circulating the internet the days that followed the election.

I can understand why this may seem ridiculous, and I usually wouldn’t be the person to avoid a challenging situation. However, I took this as an opportunity to take a mental break from the absurdity that tends to be part of social media.

Here is what I learned:

I actually have a ton of time to complete my homework assignments

I know, such a strange thing to think about. Time? I didn’t think I had much of it until I stopped looking at my phone every five minutes to check on what my best friend from middle school posted to Facebook. I have an internship, a job and am enrolled in 15 hours of classes, so I always used those things as my excuse for not being able to finish my work before 3 a.m. I guess I only have myself to blame (oops).

Getting seven-plus hours of sleep is very refreshing

On a typical night, I get around four to five hours of sleep. I mean, I’m usually in bed at a decent time, but I tend to open my phone and scroll through social media for a couple hours before actually closing my eyes for the night. Note to self: when I get in bed I need to shove my phone aside for the night.

I have more time to spend with my ~friends~

In my generation there tends to be an issue with people spending too much time on their phones and not having enough face-to-face contact with peers. In this past week I realized I was more social and more prevalent in the lives of my friends since I had no reason to pick up my phone other than to answer any texts or phone calls.

My mind is mostly clear of negativity

There will always be negativity around me — whether it’s verbal or written. Fortunately, by cutting out the written negativity there is a significantly higher amount of positivity surrounding me than there seemed to be before. I was no longer comparing myself to anyone or reading things that made my mind race. My life was much more peaceful.

So, moral of the story: it is possible to live without social media. Whether or not you see the things on social media as negative, life is just better without it.

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