(Spring) Break From Social Media

Spring break is only a week away for NDSU students and nearly 1 million other college students across the U.S. This seems like a fitting time to talk about the sometimes much needed escape from many aspects of our lives but also from social networking sites. When you think of spring break you may think of vacationing, partying on the beach, working, or just going home and resting.

Another thing we should be reminded of doing is detaching ourselves from our computers, smartphones, and in general the virtual world that is social networking. This break is going to be important for me to get away from the stress and hassles of working two jobs, going to school, family and friends, and my social networking life. Just as with sleeping every night, we need to take planned breaks in our online life every once in a while to get energized. I don’t believe there is a certain amount of time. It’s different for everyone.

For example, someone running a small business that relies on social networking sites as a big part of its business should not take more than a week off. But a busy parent of four young children that works in a non-social networking related workspace might be able to take a few weeks off at a time. And for me personally, I think taking days around holidays off and also this spring break week off is a good idea as it will help recharge my mental and physical batteries while having a good time.

The reasoning behind needing to recharge ones batteries from social networking is that it is not a passive medium like traditional television. Social media is an interactive conversation between two people at the very least but capable of up to millions and millions of people. People are constantly able to think about not only their own (sometimes extremely mundane) thoughts, but everyone’s thoughts.

Another reason we need to take a step back from social networking sites is because a lot of us have become addicted. An article from tech news blog BGR says there are new studies that show Facebook to potentially be more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol. It also states that the the reason for this addiction is at least in part to positive physical and psychophysiological responses people achieve through using Facebook.

In the following infographic I found on Mashable.com there are some interesting yet scary statistics illustrated. Take note that there are over 10 million comments made in just 20 minutes on Facebook. And I believe the addiction shows more so than anywhere else in this stat: 57% of people talk to people more online than in real life.

Yikes, now that is a lot of information to take in. I’m stressed just thinking about my social network life now. Spring break can not come soon enough!

Random thought of the day:

A lot of people tend to confuse bad decisions with bad luck.