December 27, 2023/Daily Health Stories

Logging Off Social Media in the New Year

If you're looking for a New Year's resolution, you could try taking a break from social media. A psychologist explains the mental health benefits.


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CLEVELAND – If you’re tired of the same old New Year’s resolutions, like working out more or trying to lose weight, we’ve got another idea for you.

How about trying a social media detox?

“Social media is a double-edged sword, it can make you feel very connected to the world around you and at the exact same time make you feel very disconnected from yourself,” said Susan Albers, PsyD, psychologist for Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Albers said you don’t have to give up social media completely.

In fact, research found that spending 30 minutes on social media per day can help reduce anxiety, depression and loneliness.

However, anything longer than that could have the opposite effect.

For those who feel like they don’t have the self-control to limit themselves, Dr. Albers has a couple of tips.

First, consider turning off all notifications on your phone so you’re not getting constant alerts from your social media accounts.

You could also delete the apps completely to avoid any temptation.

And finally, try to find other ways to fill your time.

“The number one benefit of reducing your social media time is being more present. It helps you to be more fully engaged and improve the quality of your relationships,” she said. “It allows you to be more authentic in your day-to-day life and experience things directly instead of through a camera lens.”

Dr. Albers said another option is to make this a family New Year’s resolution, so everyone takes part.

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