Sat at my desk, my phone buzzes. I pick up my phone and read the text, I then find myself falling into the dark hole of ‘scrolling’. First to Instagram to see who is wearing what, where people have been or what they have eaten. I meander to Facebook to see who has tagged me into a meme. Next thing I know, two hours have passed and I’m still sat with my phone in my hand and an achy thumb.
If this sounds similar to something you do then welcome my friends, to the land of social media. Most of us feel obligated to keep up to date with everyone else, what drama has kicked off on Facebook, which celebrities are arguing on Twitter and how is my friend getting on at university.
I don’t know about you but the fear of missing out somewhat overwhelms me. I feel like I have to keep up. Social media has its perks. I gain a lot of inspiration for my future outfits, what books I should read next and what my favourite celebrities/bands are up to. It is handy for passing time; an example of this is when you are in a waiting room with no magazines or when you feel anxious you look at your phone to avoid other people.
My phone always seems to be in my hand or close by. However, I know when I need to switch off. When I’m with my boyfriend, my phone instantly goes onto ‘Do Not Disturb’ and the same at uni, my phone goes into my bag. I think as long as you know when to switch off then it’s all good, whereas if you have become a phone zombie and you shuffle in the middle of the pavement with your eyes glued to the screen then you could have a problem.
With the introduction of the screen time setting on iPhones, this is a fantastic way of keeping tabs on how long you are on your phone. You can also put a timer on specific apps so after the time is up then you can’t use them until the next day. This is especially handy if you are someone who struggles with self-control.
Switching off social media occasionally is good self-care, take some time to yourself and give your phone a break.
Chloe is a 22-year-old Fashion Communication & Promotion student at UoS and decided to get involved with Student Life to share her life experiences and love for fashion.