According to a recent study, smart phone users in the UK spend an average of two years of their lives surfing the internet on their phones, and 40 percent say they’re spending that time updating social media sites like Facebook and Twitter . The survey of 2,000 people by Recombu, a mobile phone news, reviews and comparison site, also found that 11 percent of the respondents say they exercise less, 22 percent watch less television, and 26 percent spend less time reading books.
If you think this study’s findings are a pretty good representation of your relationship with social media, perhaps it’s time for a break.
Sherry Turkle, a psychologist who studies our relationship with technology, believes that social media is beginning to replace real-life interactions, which are far more beneficial to our psychological health. Turkle says that our increasing dependency on social media is causing us to become more isolated in the real world and our relationships to suffer.
If you decide to heed Turkle’s words and take a sabbatical from Facebook and Twitter in the name of catching up with friends, loved ones, and good books, you can, ironically, use the internet to make your transition back to the real world as seamless as possible.
The iPhone application “Taking a Break” allows you to program scheduled breaks from your social media accounts. It will even auto-reply to messages received during your time away with a response of your choice.
A break from social media is also a good time to check-in on your health. Find a general practitioner near you, and schedule a check-up today.
Sources: recombu.com, mashable.com, itunes.apple.com