Do you have a healthy relationship with social media? While there’s no doubt the technology trend is of great use to consumers and businesses alike, it’s difficult to deny that it’s worryingly easy to become obsessed with followers, retweets and updates.
I found myself distracted by a LinkedIn notification before I even completed the first sentence of this article, but for some, the affects of constantly using the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat could be doing more than just interrupting productivity for a few minutes.
A recent report from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has highlighted a range of potential negative effects of social media, including anxiety and depression, negative body image, cyberbullying, poor sleep and FOMO (fear of missing out).
RSPH has now launched Scroll Free September, a new initiative calling for people to take a break from all personal social media accounts for 30 days during September.
“A good relationship is one of balance, and Scroll Free September is here to help you gain that with social media both on and offline,” said RSPH.
“By going Scroll Free for a month, you’ll have a chance to reflect on your social media use – what you missed, what you didn’t, and what you got to do and enjoy instead.
“By taking notice of and learning which elements of social media make you feel good and which make you feel bad, participating in Scroll Free September could help you build a healthier, more balanced relationship with social media in the future – a relationship where your use is conscious and mindful, and where you are the one in control.”
RSPH isn’t suggesting a social media blackout, and understand that many people use platforms for work, so it has suggested a number of different plans to help people find the right balance. This includes taking a break from social media during all social events, not scrolling through social media accounts after 6pm, and not using personal accounts while at work. You can find out more about that here.
So, will you be taking part in Scroll Free September?