Here are what our team members have to say on the amount of time they spend on social media each day:
Ross, Marketing Communications Executive – “I’d say 1-2 hours a day. It’s normally Facebook for 10-15 mins in the morning, then in the evening for a while mainly catching up with what’s happened and watching entertaining videos. When I’m on the move I usually check Twitter now and again when I have a spare few minutes. I think I’d be able to go a week without social media, but I would definitely have the fear of missing out if any events were organised in that time!”
Matt, Project Manager – “I am a social media addict. I spend far too much time in the social media world, mainly on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. But much like other people, I use it for a number of different reasons, and to satisfy my thirst for information/knowledge and some good old entertainment! I use social media to keep myself informed and updated on recent events (although seeing what people are having for tea is a little boring to me!). I now rarely use websites to find news, content or information.”
Lucy, Membership Services Executive – “I check social media through habit I would say a good hour a day. I actually hate that I spend so much time on it, I deactivated my account for just over a month and it did me the world of good! It’s nice to take a step back and focus on yourself rather than following other people’s lives. When I reactivated it, I didn’t actually miss anything exciting!”
Could you spend a week, or even just a weekend without checking your personal social media profiles?
Here are just a few benefits of a social media and total digital detox:
Without the opportunity to fill silence with a check of Facebook or Instagram, people are more likely to think harder about new conversation topics. They will make eye contact more often, rather than staring down at their screens. This can encourage deeper conversations and can prompt people to become more empathetic to each other.
Even if you only stave off from all digital devices for one weekend, you are more likely to remember the smaller details of conversations – what your family did this week, what your friends are struggling with etc. You will be more present in conversations, enabling you to process and store more information. Holding these minor facts gives you the foundations to build a strong relationship.
Google can kill conversation
Ever since Google became the go-to resource for all answers to questions, meaningful and fun conversations have certainly dried up. If you want an answer to something now, you simply Google it. Before Google, you could be sitting there with your friends for hours trying to remember the answer to that trivia question. These conversations would typically end up with fun guessing games and creative storytelling, which could even lead to inside jokes that stay with you for life.
There has been a lot of research conducted around the relationship between using your phone and other light emitting screens before bed, and the negative effects they have on sleep. It is believed that the blue light from these screens blocks melatonin in the body, which tends to make us more alert before going to sleep.