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Could Quitting Facebook make you Happier?


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A new study claims the secret to being happier is quitting Facebook for 99 Days. According to the study, the average user would regain more than 28 hours of their life back.  The challenge encourages users to sign up, change their profile photo and remove the FB app from their phone. While a good idea in theory, how realistic is it?

Yes, people wonder what life is like without Facebook- but people are less likely to take permanent action to remove themselves from the technology. Taking a summer detox is a great idea, but you don’t need to completely extricate yourself from social media to detox. However, only 25,000 of Facebook’s 1 billion users have vowed to do this detox. It is too severe for the average Facebook user.

Here is my Social Media Detox Alternative:

Detox from ALL social media in moderation vs. abstinence

1- During family trips, put down your devices and focus on being present this summer. It is beneficial to spend time with your loved ones, especially when there is a generation divide on how social media may be used in your family.

2- On weekends, check email only when necessary (1x per day). Detoxing is beneficial for your health in moderation. It helps you reboot. The more you unplug, you re-energize for the upcoming week ahead.

3- Update your status and filter your photos on Sunday evening vs. during actual events. Detoxing from social media during events will help you form stronger interpersonal relationships. Focus on being social vs. on sharing how social you are on social media. Moderation vs. entire abstinence is a better alternative for a social media detox this summer. Happy Summer! xo

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