You’ll learn more about yourself
Once you stop scrolling through other people’s opinions, you will likely find out more about what motivates you, not them. “When people remove themselves from social media, they lose that temptation to garner attention and superficial feedback from other people by posting where they went to dinner or where they went on vacation,” says Tom Kersting, LPC, a licensed psychotherapist, and family counsellor and author of Disconnected: How to Reconnect Our Digitally Distracted Kids. “That need to be relevant in the eyes of others will lose its grip, leading to the discovery of one’s self.”
Your decision-making skills will improve
Many people’s beliefs and values are influenced by what they read on social media. According to a study from Pew Research, half of Facebook users get their news just from the site. “A lot of the decisions people are making isn’t about thinking, it’s a collective consciousness,” Kersting says. Remove yourself from social media and you’ll learn how to think more and make decisions and choices independently.
You’ll argue less
It’s much easier to type a scathing remark when you’re hiding behind a screen than hurling an insult when you’re in the same room as someone. But when you stop using social media, you’re taking yourself out of the fray and you’ll be less emotionally charged. “So you don’t have to carry around with you all day what you’re pissed off about that someone posted,” Kersting says.