The British rock band The 1975—who are behind the hit songs “Girls,” “The Sound,” and “Love Me”—is no stranger to the power of social media. In fact, their rise in the music charts and global prominence can be credited in part to it, with fans’ ardent support through RTs, likes, favorites, and shares.
However, the group—composed of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Matthew “Matty” Healy, lead guitarist Adam Hann, bassist Ross MacDonald, and drummer George Daniel—is taking what many consider as a brave move: deleting their social media accounts. It seems counterproductive, considering that they are promoting their upcoming album, Music For Cars, out in June.
We wonder, too. If an act as big as this band can give up their “necessary” presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, is it possible that we can, too? There are multiple reasons to think that it is. Here are some of the perks of going into a social media detox:
1. You’ll have more free time.
According to agency We Are Agency in their “Digital in 2018” reports, a Filipino spends four hours online on average, making us the top users in the world. You can tackle your to-do list, finally. Read those books your bought five months ago. Attend that aerial silk yoga class you’ve been curious about. The possibilities are endless.
2. It’s a chance to focus on real life relationships.
While connecting with someone from across the globe is easier, a lot of users find themselves making friends but not the kind who will stick through trying times. According to Psychologist Shelley Bonanno’s essay, “Social Media’s Impact on Relationships,” online friends are not true substitutes for and do not supplement real-life interactions with others. Reaching out to friends in person create a solid social and emotional support system, which is a predictor of positive mental health.
3. You’ll feel happier and healthier.
If you turn to social media at the end of a school or work day to unwind, staying off of it can make you feel even better. A study from the Happiness Research Institute shows that users who avoided social media for a week feel happier and more content than before. Another study from the Guildford Press Periodicals adds that those who logged into Facebook less often show little to no signs of depression.
4. You can be more attentive.
Millenials are known for having a short attention span. Every single post or comment is distracting. Without a social media account, you will have no reason to get sidetracked, or to to phub. (Unless you’re playing Rules of Survival or PUBG).
5. You help yourself more than you help your followers.
A study from the American Psychological Association, “Social Comparison, Social Media, and Self-Esteem,” shows that self-evaluations are lower when there’s high online activity. Facebook users in particular, according to a University of Michigan study, tend to compare themselves to other people more, which results to low self-esteem and body shame. When caring about online image is put to a halt, focusing more on offline well-being becomes easier.