The information superhighway is now a standstill traffic jam with an overabundance of data clogging up the main arteries. It’s no wonder our mortal brains often feel in a state of chaos—access to never-ending, unrelenting information conduits is great in theory but exhausting in practice. Between the internet and social media, keeping up with all of it is a full-time job that nobody willingly signed up for.
The rise of Instagram and the role it occupies in our lives today is polarizing. On the one hand, it’s a fertile ground for creativity and spawned countless micro-communities. It gave deserving people a voice and kept friends and families connected in spite of the physical distance. But the other side of the coin reveals that incessantly scrolling through people’s images of their best lives can get real heavy real fast. It instills FOMO, affects self-confidence and can even disrupt sleep quality and trigger depression. Brutal.
That’s why we should all periodically put our phones down and take a pause. Whether it’s for 24 hours or for one to several weeks, temporarily disconnecting from the ‘Gram can make you feel more connected to your actual life. Imposing a social media hiatus on yourself could be just what you need if you feel like you’re running on empty. And there’s no time like the beginning of a new season—something of a proverbial reboot button.
The changing weather almost becomes a catalyst for a reset as the collective mood shifts gears. Settling into fall is about updating your outerwear and creating new playlists, but the occasion also lends itself to curbing mobile screen time and just chilling (Netflix notwithstanding).
Breaking away from our phones is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. Here’s why: