Social media, if abused, can be destructive. Before Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, there was a time you didn’t check your phone 50 times a day. You didn’t scroll through your feed looking at other people’s vacation photos or read their rants about their jobs and relationships. You didn’t know what your foodiefriends ate for breakfast, “second breakfast,” lunch, and dinner. And you didn’t find yourself reading the news, questioning their validity and double-checking if they came from a credible source.
And while these social media platforms are meant to keep us more connected than ever, they can make us lose touch of who we are. Before social media, we had actual conversations over coffee; now everyone sits around scrolling through their phones or capturing videos and photos for their Instagram stories, proving that social media is, in fact, making us anti-social.
Do yourself a favor the next time you’re at a café alone or waiting for your turn at the dentist’s office, pull out a good book instead of your smartphone. Remember what it was like to enjoy the uncomplicated joys of getting lost in a good story. Here’s why you should quit social media and read a book instead:
Care for Yourself
Is scrolling through your Facebook or Instagram feed the last thing you do before you go to sleep? Is your phone the first thing you reach for when you wake up in the morning? Are you disappointed when you don’t see any new notifications? Do you become depressed when people share their negativity on Facebook? Do you become enraged when people push their political views on Twitter?
It’s been backed by science that quitting social media can make you happier. Allowing yourself to be a slave to social media affects your health, upsetting you physically and emotionally. It distracts you and keeps you up at night. Reading, on the other hand, has long been proven to do wonders for our health. It relieves us of stress and stimulates our brain. Books leave us satisfied and accomplished. If reading a book is the last thing you do before you go to bed, your mind continues to work and cultivate creativity.
Regain Your Communication Skills
Chatting via social media, tweeting, and DMs have ruined our ability to communicate effectively. Our vocabularies are now spoiled by the OMGs, LOLs, and SMHs. We forego correct spelling to send our messages out faster or to fit more characters into our tweets.
When we read, we regain our wits, feed our intelligence, and even build our vocabularies. We remember the value of genuine communication. We engage in meaningful conversations because we have more than the meme we saw on Instagram to talk about. We exchange ideas that were cultivated from reading literature and non-fiction.
Disconnect to Reconnect
Some people say that social media allows them to be up-to-date on the lives of their friends and family. They will reason that social media is fun and makes them feel connected. But can’t we still be present in the lives of people who matter to us without relying on a digital platform?
When we disconnect from social media, we reconnect with people on a more genuine and meaningful level. And when we read, we reconnect to a time when life was simpler – when all you needed to amuse yourself was a good book.
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