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10 THINGS WILL HAPPEN WHEN YOU STOP CHECKING SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media, the best way to keep in touch with all your friends, family, colleagues and school buddies. Unfortunately the original uses of social media seem to have been put on the back burner, with games, likes, shares, quizzes and even uploading pictures of your dinner becoming the only real thing people seem to do online. Social media has stopped being social and become more anti-social, with people often constantly checking to see if they have new updates, friend requests or other invites, even spending quality time away from more important things in their lives, like family, friends and work commitments. Here’s 10 things that will happen when you stop checking Social Media.

1. YOU’LL UNDERSTAND THAT “LIKE” AND “VIEW” IS MEANINGLESS

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“Like” and “View” things on Social Media once meant that you have actually enjoyed the post you have seen from that person, however, times have changed. Recently, just clicking “like” on a post is just to show everyone else that you have acknowledged it’s existence, rather than actually caring to read or see what it is about. If you were to be an outside observer, watching people who endlessly click on “like” on any and every post they see, you will soon realise that what they “like” online isn’t really what they like in real life.

2. YOU’LL GET MORE WORK DONE

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With a good number of people actually working on a computer, and even more people having their smart phones with them during working hours, checking your Social network account becomes part of your daily routine, whether you’re at work or not. Putting down your phones and logging off from your Facebook and other social media means that you then have to occupy your time with something else.

3. YOU WILL REALIZE THAT SOCIAL MEDIA WAS A PIECE OF DATA THAT VIEWED ADVERTISEMENTS

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We have no doubt that there are people on Facebook who legitimately care about you. However, we also have no doubt that Facebook itself couldn’t care less about you. Your job on Facebook is to view advertisements, spend money on Facebook games, and make the site rich. What happens to you aside from that doesn’t really matter to Facebook. You wouldn’t stay in a relationship with a person who treated you that way, so why stay in a relationship with Facebook?

4. FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOUR OWN PERSONAL BELONGINGS

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A study which was conducted in Germany gave a clear indication that most people are jealous or envious of what their peers have on Facebook. This could be something basic like a new mobile phone, all the way up to feeling jealous about a new relationship or a new home someone has moved into. The problem with Facebook is, while it’s always nice to show off your shiny new toy or your pretty new girlfriend, it’s also a place where you’re just going to see all the stuff someone else has that you don’t, but if you will go away from that then surely you will feel better about your belongings.

5. FOCUS ON THE OTHER THINGS!

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Keeping away your Social Networks will allow you to concentrate on all those other aspects of your life that might have taken a back seat, due to your social media obsession. Facebook’s addictive nature makes it difficult for you to focus on anything else, with checking your phone, laptop or tablet constantly for updates etc. Well, as soon as you delete your account you’re free from the shackles of Facebook and able to pursue things such as your hobbies, your extra curricular activities or even focus on your love life or getting into shape!

6. YOU’LL FEEL LIKE YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED MORE

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The one major issue with social media in general is that there is always “more to come”. There seems to be an incentive for checking it day in day out, hour by hour, but when you sit back and think about it logically, you’re not really gaining anything other than the feeling of disappointment when you’ve got no notifications, or no likes from all those pictures of your lunch you uploaded! Spending your time on Social Media is denying yourself the feeling of completing something, So get away from Social Media and feel accomplished!

7. FEELING BETTER ABOUT YOURSELF

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A joint study between Cornell and Wisconsin University shows conclusive evidence that suggests going on social media makes you feel bad about who you are. Reasons include, but aren’t limited to.. no one liking your posts, no one adding you as a friend, no one messaging you or even no one commenting on “how good looking you are” in your latest selfie upload. Another big issue surrounding Facebook, you’re always comparing yourself to how “happy” other people appear on their profiles. You will definitely feel better about yourself if you will come out of those social sites and think about just yourself.

8. RID YOURSELF OF ANY STALKERS

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Due to the ease of access for your social media, and especially Facebook, it only takes a click of a button to go through all your posts, pictures and even your friends list. Even with high privacy settings, Facebook still shows some information about you, with some of it seemingly quite confidential. Facebook tagging even let’s people that aren’t on your friends list see where you have “tagged yourself”into, be that at a restaurant, club or a bar, meaning that, if they so choose, they could turn up and confront you in real life. Ridding yourself of Facebook will cut this out completely almost immediately.

9. BECOME LESS “BRAIN DEAD”

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We don’t literally mean brain dead, but what we do mean is that, since all your attention is going on checking, posting and tagging on Facebook, you’re not using your brain to even it’s tiniest potential. When having a Facebook account, you’re literally brushing every other aspect of your life off, with maybe only short glances at reality every once in a while. Even when out and about in public, or with your friends, you will still be glued to your phone, checking Facebook! Doing all these things is removing yourself from the experiences that life has to offer, so stop, take a look at the scenery around you, the architecture, the people, look how amazing it all looks through your eyes, rather than through your phone.

10. YOU FIND OUT WHO REALLY ARE YOUR FRIENDS

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Online friendships are a piece of cake, logging on every once in a while, “liking” each others stuff, the odd “comment” on their pics etc, easy, right? Well, that’s the whole point of Social Friendships, the convenience of it. As soon as you say goodbye to your Facebook account, that’s when you’ll truly find out who your friends are. These people will be the ones who still contact you, either by popping round to your house or calling/texting your phone.

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