I never had an Instagram page to start with, but even Facebook is enough to ruin my mood when things aren’t going smoothly. A few occurrences this summer, from health, to motivation, to personal issues, have resulted in significant levels of stress for myself (which sucks, because summer is supposed to be anything but stressful). That’s why I decided to delete my one and only social media account – my Facebook page.
So, how are social media and mood related? We all know the answer. For the average person, the internet is both a source of useful information and part of one’s social life. Often, the natural reaction to a bad mood is to distance yourself from people for a bit. However, this can be difficult to do in the “Era of the Smartphone”, so to speak. Even if we don’t want to, we still somehow end up scrolling through our feeds, checking what everybody is doing and answering messages. And since people usually refrain from posting anything but the best aspects of their lives, you start to think that you’re the only person having a bit of a shitty time.
This conclusion is irrational, since we tend to keep our worries and insecurities private. But I’ve noticed that, in spite of my acknowledgement of this irrational conclusion, having an online presence only gets me more depressed. That’s why I’ve decided to disappear from the internet, at least for a month or two. I’ll be focusing on myself; my studies, my health, my fitness, my hobbies, my loved ones etc. The only thing I’ll be maintaining is this blog, since I consider it to be the direct result of my love towards writing.
So, my advice to you all: if you want to change something in your life or if you’re simply going through a rough time, try to delete all of your accounts for the time being. Learn to appreciate that beautiful feeling of privacy – something that has become very scarce.