How to Do a Social Media Detox (and Why You Should Right Away)

8 easy to follow tips to reclaim your mental space.

Eric Sangerma
The Startup
Published in
13 min readMay 6, 2020


“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” — Blaise Pascal

Using social media has become an integral part of life, and if you’re stuck at home, you might be tempted to cling to social media more intensely than ever. But this is a perfect time to do a detox, and you should try it for many reasons.

The Digital Highs and Lows

Social media allows us to share our thoughts, our photos, and even life’s most important milestones that used to concern nobody but our nearest and dearest.

But this is not a one-way street. You give, but you also take in return. There’s a whole spectrum of emotions that arise as you voraciously skim through your newsfeed.

Your phone can bring you joy, new insights, and thoughtful moments. It can make you feel less alone. At the same time, it can cause envy, sadness, self-criticism, and even disillusionment or distrust.

It’s a real rollercoaster of emotions, and all too often, we don’t enjoy the ride. So why can’t we get off when it stops being fun?

If not consumed the right way, and with extra precautions, our social media feeds become an insidious fiend. They start controlling our behavior and thought processes. They attack our mental health and relationships.

Let’s look at the complex ways that social media can mess us up if we’re not careful.

The Dark Side of Social Media: Why Do We Need to Detox?


One of the leading causes of depression and loneliness is none other than the use of social media.

According to scientists, “computer-mediated communication may lead to the altered (and often wrong) impression of the physical and personality traits of other users. It may lead to incorrect conclusions regarding physical appearance, educational level, intelligence, moral integrity, as well as many other characteristics of online friends.”…



Eric Sangerma
The Startup

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