There are things that need cleaning in the springtime besides our closets, cabinets, and bedrooms. One of the most important things to clean out every now and then is often right in the palm of our hands—our social media. Taking a break from outlets we spend, or rather waste, too much time on and re-considering the effects social media has on our daily lives is very important. What better time than the Spring to do so?
If you are not yet ready to commit to deleting social media there are still other ways to clean house. Firstly, you can reevaluate who you follow and why. This is important because often we can have an unhealthy relationship to the images we repeatedly consume. Also consider the platforms you subscribe to and what purpose they serve in your life. Are they informative? Do you learn from them? For example, following a reputable news source can allow you to stay informed about the world, whereas following less legitimate accounts can plague your feed with fake news and false information. Keeping up with local events can also make you a more well-rounded and informed citizen. In a case like this, an app can be worth keeping rather than throwing out. But if you just waste time scrolling through pointless posts then maybe you can benefit from exiting the platform.
Taking a break from social media can also be very beneficial. It can allow you to interact more with the people and world around you and experience life outside of a screen. Yes, there are several benefits to social media used for personal connection with those not physically close, but it’s important to make sure it does not become too consuming of your time or energy. In addition, cleansing your social media can allow you to actually engage with posts that you are truly interested in and passionate about!
It’s always important to make sure you have a healthy relationship with your social media and one of the best ways to do so is to take the time to re-evaluate the role it plays in your everyday life. Spring-cleaning is the perfect place to start!
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Alecia is a junior double majoring in English and Political Science with a minor in Africana Studies! She's originally from Baton Rouge, and loves music, writing, shopping and eating good food.