Here’s What’s Right And Wrong About Quitting Social Media

By Cassandra Jaramillo
The Dallas Morning News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As long as your online habits aren’t taking away from your personal or professional well-being, then keep scrolling on wisely. However, if you find yourself glued to your phone, you may want to take a moment to reflect on your behavior.

The Dallas Morning News

A digital detox can be healthy for everybody.

Within the last few years, social media platforms have become a bigger part of our everyday lives. In fact, researchers are finding that we are increasingly devoting more time to social media apps. Social media platforms take up nearly two hours of our time every day, according to research firm GlobalWebIndex.

Cal Newport, an associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University, admits he doesn’t have social media. But his op-ed in The New York Times recommends that it’s time we break up with our social networks.

“There are many issues with social media, from its corrosion of civic life to its cultural shallowness, but the argument I want to make here is more pragmatic: You should quit social media because it can hurt your career.”

But not so fast.

That’s a bit extreme in a world where relatives or friends who live hundreds of miles away are easily reached on social media.

Or when you’ve had success finding your next job through social media. Also, there’s plenty of folks whose jobs require them to use social media.

Sure, it’s a harmful habit when it takes over our lives, but here’s what’s right and wrong about quitting social media.

First: Yes, you should consider quitting. But as you wish.

Remove yourself for a day, a week or a year. Maybe remove certain apps from your social media diet?

Take time off from Instagram or Twitter, but if you want, keep Facebook to know how your sister’s kids are doing.

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