Every year, I go offline for at least two weeks. Usually in the summer, but I’ve been known to do it over Christmas break as well. I don’t make a big thing out of it, but I just close all social media for a while and spend time doing other things. Like reading, hanging out with the family, or projects that have been on my list.
It’s a great way to remind myself that being online isn’t the answer to anything. On the contrary, it can often cause more problems than it solves. I’ve found that consistent online dry-outs help me keep the right perspective.
Being online can become a habit, an addiction even. The constant checking for likes, retweets, favorites—it’s quite the endorphin rush, as this inspiring quote from comedian and actor Patton Oswalt states.
But, as he put it so wisely, these are empty endorphins. They will bring you little in the long run. And they’re quite shallow tides, far less fulfilling than spending time with friends, family, or investing yourself in a book, or physical activity.
If you find yourself attached to your phone, if you miss being online when you’re without wifi or cell coverage for a bit, maybe its time for an online dry-out. Remind yourself of te true priorities in life.
Trust me, social media are low on that list.