Do You Need a Social Media Detox?

The logout trend has begun.

Social media is a topic that I’m often writing about. Why? Because it’s become such a huge part of the world and the daily lives of those inhabiting it. These days, whether you’re 8 or 80, social media is a part of your life. It’s everywhere. While it can be a deeply creative, innovative, and useful tool to have, for many people it can just become too much at times.  Thus, the social media detox was born. 

The social media detox comes as an extension of the ‘switching off’ and ‘unplugging’ trends in which people do away with their electronic devices for a chosen period of time. While a social media detox doesn’t require you to ‘switch off’ entirely, it does require you to ‘logout.’ But why are people choosing to detox? Let’s discuss. 

This morning on the radio, I heard a doctor talking about the effect of social media on teenagers’ mental health and, unsurprisingly, she said that it wasn’t good. She said that while it’s completely normal for teenagers to have angst and insecurities, social media magnifies these feelings and often leads to developing deeper problems. The process of scrolling through feeds of beautiful pictures of beautiful people and their beautiful Hollywood lives makes many of us feel inadequate, apparently

A few months ago, one of my friends told me that she was so close to deleting Instagram and Facebook because she was sick of seeing how much better other peoples’ lives were than hers. This made me feel really sad, but at the same time, I get it too. While I sit here freaking out about my future and whatnot, other people my age are sharing pictures of their travels, amazing clothes, and (sigh) boyfriends... I start to feel pretty bad about myself.  I’ve had people tell me “OMG, I love your Instagram. You have a great online presence,” and yet all I can think when I hear this is “yeah, but it’s not like [insert names of all models and it-girls.]Frankly, this sort of mindset is unhealthy. Social media has made us obsessed with sharing our lives, but only in certain, and often, inauthentic ways. It’s also made us obsessed with self-comparison, thus increasing insecurity and lowering confidence. 

So, why take a break from social media? To get your self-awareness, confidence, and peace of mind back. The social media detox and ‘logout’ became a huge talking point last year when Essena O’Neill, a blogger and Youtuber with a following of over 500,000, decided to delete all of her social media accounts, blog, and YouTube. She claimed that it was ruining her life, and while she was a little extreme in her efforts, she brought the magnification of teenage insecurities due to social media to the forefront of everyone’s minds, and by extension, the good that could come from logging off for a while. 

Social media can totally feel like it’s frying our brains and if so, try a little detox. Take some time to live your life instead of photographing or thinking up captions to go with it. If someone’s feed makes you feel badly about yourself, it’s absolutely fine to unfollow. Social media should be about inspiration, not comparsion.  Maybe it's time to just take a couple of days to logout and be you.

Main Images via @classisinternal

Xenia writes a lot about the influence of social media; you can check out her article on how social media has killed street styleThen, for some positive vibes, meet the 10 creative young women using Instagram to change the world.

WHO: Xenia, Managing Fashion Editor at Couturesque magazine
WHERE: London
OBSESSED WITH: Jean Jeackets 
LISTENING TO: Furthest Thing - Drake
CAN BE FOUND AT: @xeniatheklein

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I founded Couturesque Magazine when I was 15 years old because like many of my peers, I felt ignored and talked down to by all of the other teen fashion publications out there. I figured that at the end of the day, the people who knew the most about my generation, were the people who belonged to it. The fashion industry is becoming increasingly dependent on the creativity of younger voices who challenge the status quo and make us rethink what we wear and why we wear it. And that is exactly what Couturesque set out to celebrate - authenticity, intelligence, originality, and diversity... in other words, what makes Gen-Z tick. Fast-forward to 2016 and we now have a staff of more than a dozen fashion distruptors contributing to our daily content from all around the globe, 100K+ readers following us from Toronto to New York, to London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv, and a plethora of big-wig industry fans and collaborators. But what matters to us the most is the responsibility that our publication has to make a positive impact in the lives of those who come across it - we stand against retouching our photoshoots and we stand for sharing the beautiful, individual, complex voices of everyone, especially those who feel marginalized by mainstream fashion media. We hope that you love our site as much as we do and that you take the time to follow us (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest / Tumblr / Snapchat / YouTube) throughout our journey to make fashion accessible to the powerful young adults of today.

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Editor in Chief