This past weekend I started my hiatus from social media website yelp. This hiatus will give me the chance to take a break from reviewing businesses, taking pictures of businesses and also checking in to many businesses that I regularly visit. I utilize yelp just as much as someone utilizes Facebook, so the break will be ever so refreshing. During this break I do plan to put together short drafts and continue to take pictures of the businesses that I visit, however I do not plan to submit anything on the website until I return in a few weeks. In the meantime, I have removed the application off of my phone, so that I will not get that urge to do those things that I’m so use to doing. I hope to incorporate this on a monthly basis by at least taking a week off from certain social media sites that consume my life regularly like yelp. Second to yelp, I would have to say that Twitter would be next on that list, but then again Twitter is one of my main sources for news going on in the world.
In my opinion we all need a break from social media nowadays because it consumes our lives in many different aspects. Most people that I know use it as their number one means to keep in touch with anyone versus a simple phone call. It is almost as though if you do not utilize social media then you are pretty much obsolete. Crazy how social media has become the number one means to communicate with anyone in particular. I never would have seen that the first day that I logged on to America Online with its old school dial-up access internet.
Social media has similar demands with our daily life responsibilities, such as the deadline to pay bills; making it to work on time, or submitting that homework assignment in time, so that you do not receive a ‘0’. Being in a social media world you feel that obligation to keep in touch and respond to your friends and loved ones in a timely manner, which brings similar stress to having to meet that obligated deadline.
Do you believe that is important to take breaks from social media nowadays?