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5 Reasons Why I Avoid Social Media



In this world we live in, social media is already a part of our everyday lives.It helps us connect with our community and 'stay in the know'. However, we need to understand that there are dangers for being 'too connected'- one of the reason is that it kills our productivity. 


It happened to me before. It is really hard for me to stop scrolling my newsfeeds as if I will missed out on something. I know that my behavior is bad for me and because of that realization, I made some changes in my life. 

One of the changes I have made is to challenge myself and avoid using social media for a year. Because of this challenge, there are a lot of things I have realized. Here are a few: 

1) SOCIAL MEDIA IS A HUGE TIME WASTER
Social Media is an addiction wherein when you get your hands into it, you keep asking for more. You want to be ‘in the loop’ and ‘in the know’, that is the main reason why you want to keep scrolling down when in fact, there is hardly a good important content.
When you wake up in the morning before going to school or work, you will start the day by checking your social media account. You replace it with important things like exercising, meditating, or doing what you love. You are so addicted that it becomes part of your routine that gets a share of your life.


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2) SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT A GOOD WAY OF SOCIALIZING
I cannot see the main reason why it was told as a ‘social’ media when all you can see are posts and advertisements from your friends and different companies who wants to sell their products. 
Admit it. A lot of us are posting photos and statuses that doesn’t really answer the question, ‘What’s on your mind’. Social media are trying to make people show off how ‘cool’ and ‘trendy’ they are to get instant likes and retweets. If you are not an internet celebrity, then you are out.
It doesn’t give you any good engagements either. A lot of ‘social media experts’ will give you a tip or two on how to create your audience (or what we call ‘fan base’) but no one knows how these social media websites’ algorithm works. How will we know how to work when we don't know how it works? Hmmp.


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3) THE PEOPLE IMPORTANT TO YOU ARE THE ONES BESIDE YOU
This is one of the most important thing that I have learned. Instead of going Facebook or Twitter, I would prioritize those people that is important to me. Also, I would befriend my co-workers who I haven’t talked to. Instead of me gossiping about others’ tweets or Facebook posts, I will focus on those people who truly matters and connect with them even more to build good and lasting relationships.


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4) SOCIAL MEDIA DOES NOT SERVE IT'S PURPOSE ANYMORE
Social media does help us (in a very small way) to connect with people. But the problem is, it is not ‘Social media’ anymore. It is more like an ‘Advertise yourself or your product media’. Upon scrolling through your Facebook or Twitter, you will see a lot of ads from companies and people who wants to sell out their products and/or services.
People are more on creating ‘reach’ than making ‘connections’ and ‘communication’. Out of the number of people who ‘friended’ and ‘followed’ me, only a very small portion of them are considered as my ‘new friend’.


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5) AVOIDING IT DOES BRING MY LIFE BACK
I am not trying to be exagerrated here but the moment I avoid being on social media, it brings my life back. I now have time to write, exercise, watch movies and most importantly – be more focused with my priorities.
Removing myself from the addiction does give me a lot time to enjoy doing my passion and hobbies. I am not addicted in checking notifications anymore because I know that that does not matter to me. I am now more into myself, and creating conversations with the people within my circle.

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