As much as we enjoy the glamour of social media, we have to admit: it's important to take a break. After all, social media isn't reality and there can only be so much benefit to staring at a screen multiple hours a day. If you're noticing your screen time average has been rising, perhaps it's time to press the pause button and consider a social media fast.
There are multiple benefits to taking a social media fast. For the anxious, it could mean reducing time spent 'doomscrolling'. For others, social media fasts could bring about more self-awareness on lifestyle habits they may wish to change. And lastly, for some, it could give them more time to enjoy and engage with their real lives.
Read more: Top 10 Reasons People Use Social Media
Perhaps the most important thing to ask yourself before embarking on a social media fast is why. What are your goals for doing such? Having a clear objective can make social media fasting much easier for those who have found themselves dependent on online activity. It can also give people an idea on how to structure their online fasting—how much time are they allowed to spend online? What will they allow themselves to do?