Taking a Social Media Break

Derek Mehraban's picture
Instructor
2/19/2018
Facebook, Social Media

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OK, how many of you have taken a real break from social media? It could be for Lent, or because you spend too much time on your phone, or whatever.

Here is an article on the benefits of taking a break on social.

Maybe take a moment and look at your battery on your iPhone to see where you spend the most time. Give me a 7 day reading of the hours you spend and what you top social network is. Mine is Facebook and it's 9.8 hours over the past 7 days. Wow!

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Comments & Feedback

Student

It is sad that we even need to discuss breaks from social media. However, it has become ingrained in our lives and I have actively tried to take breaks from social media. I will typically delete all of my social media apps except for one every month or so (usually I will keep Facebook). I will only use that one source and then switch it up every once in a while. This helps me from constantly interacting between different platforms. I hope to take the next step further and delete all social media apps for a month at a time like the article referenced.

My Last 7 Days:

  • Safari: 4.6 hours 
  • Facebook: 2.6 hours 
Student

After I checked my phone battery use in past 7 days. I found I spend a lot of spare time on the social media. I found out I used a lot of time on my social media platform chatting with my friends, reading book, and also playing games.

My usage for the past 7 days!

Wechat: 18.3 hrs

Tecnent Games: 8hrs

Baidu Netdisk: 10 hrs

Instagram: 2.5 hrs

Student

After looking at my battery usage on my iPhone over the past 7 days, Instagram is the app that I spend the most time using. It required 21% of my battery life and I logged about 5.5 hours on this platform. Next, Messages took up 19% of my battery and I spent about 7 hours on this app. Snapchat followed with just under 3 hours and then Twitter showed 3.5 hours, each respectively using 13% and 12% of my iPhone battery. Lastly, Music was being used for just over 7 hours and required 9% battery.

It's interesting to see how I spend the majority my time when using my phone and I agree that it's a smart idea to take a break from social media and decrease my overall phone usage. Moving forward, I hope to find the discipline to decrease my media exposure.

Student

I only take breaks from social media when I am on vacation and out of cell service, so maybe a couple weeks out of the year. I use my phone a lot for media promotions. I am striving to open a fishing guide business, so I post a lot of fishing photos to help build my reputation and page. 20% of my battery goes to Facebook, 20 % goes to Spotify, 20% goes to Snapchat and the rest of the 40% is used for calls and texts. I believe when I do take breaks from social media I am more at peace, but at the same time feel a little behind on everything that is going on. I couldn't find the hours that I've used in the past week, but I would estimate between 8-12 hours. Breaks from social media I think should be taken more often, being on it everyday I feel creates a lot of stress.

Student

After I checked my phone battery use in past 7 days. I found I did not spend as much as I thought on social media

WeChat: 9.9 hours

GroupMe: 30minutes

Instagram: 30 minutes

Weibo: 1 hour

Student

After I check my time spend on the social media, I found out that I really spent a lot of time on my social media platform which is not a good thing. I spent a lot of time chatting with my friends, and also listening music. 

 

My usage for the past 7 days!

WeChat, 8.6 hrs

Instagram, 2.5hrd

Wangyiyun Music, 49 mins 

Student

In my spare time, I spend a lot of time to read novels by Baidu Netdisk. Because I really do read books. I generally download the novel by this software and read from it.  It also as the software I used to break. I didn't use social media at all, and usually spend very little time communicating with family and friends.

My usage for the past 7 days !

Baidu Netdisk: 32.4 hours

Weibo: 8.1 hours

Wechat: 6.7 hours

Youtube: 2.5 hours

 

Student

I used to spend lots of time social media when I was in high school because when I moved to Canada, there was not many asian friends in my high school. I tried to communicate with my old korean friends through social media. However, after I came to MSU, I reduce to use social media. Even I closed my facebook account almost 1yr. When I first closed my account, it was difficult becuase I was fall behind with new trend. However, I could find other interesting things in other ways. This doesn't mean that I do not do any social media but taking break from social media can make you to be relaxing and reducing stress.

<My usage of social media>

Instagram: 4hours

Youtube: 10hours

Snapchat: 1hour

 

Student

I have not taken a "real" break from my social media, but I usually do not spend a lot of my time on these platforms! While I do check them daily, I found that I do not get hooked into staying on these sites for long! I found that in high school I used them more, but ever since college I have been too busy! 

My usage for the past 7 days is below!

Snapchat: 1.2 hours

Instagram: 1.9 hours

Safari: 3.7 hours

Student

In my spare time, I havent take a break on social media since I started to use cell phone. Even sometimes I tell myself to take break on cell phone. I usually use social media to connect with my friends and family, like WeChat. And I like to follow hot news and articles on Weibo app, which is the Chinese social media app, just like the Facebook. I am not familiar with Snapchat so I dont have an account. But, I still spend some time on Youtube and Instagram when I am bored. They are attractive as there are many accounts who upload the interesting and funny videos. 

For the past seven days:

WeChat: 9 hours

YouTube: 4.7 hours 

Weibo: 2 hours

Instagram: 1.5 hours

Student

I spend a lot of time on social media just like everyone else nowadays. I think we spend way to much time on our phones and it is good to take a break once in awhile. I try and take breaks as much as possible but it can be actually quite hard. I try and delete a social media app every so often and not go on it for around a day. It is hard but I think it helps keep me off my phone and off of social media.

Over the past 7 days I have spent 6.8 hours on Snapchat, 5.9 hours on Instagram and 4 hours on Twitter.

Student

I usually take at least 1 month collectively off from my phone, social media, and other forms of technology each year. I go hiking and camping throughout the year, and when I am out there I bring my phone with me for emergency purposes, but I leave it off and packed away. Taking a break from technology, and social media specifically is a very relaxing, stress reducing activity.

My usage over the past 7 days:

Facebook: 5.5 hours

Instagram: 4 hours

Snapchat: 2 hours 

Student

I tend to go through a lot of phases with my social media use. I go through a span of a few weeks when I can tell that I am on my phone and social media far too much, as it becomes the centerpiece of my focus during the day. However, I usually do a good job noticing my overuse and can dial my usage back. In fact, I have gone off social media for multiple weeks before but somehow I always get dragged back in. I think social media use is fine if it is used in moderation. I try not to take all my time consuming social media and my phone in general, but in today's technological world it can be difficult. My battery usage for the last seven days is as follows: Snapchat - 16%, Music - 12%, and Instagram 10%. I have really declined my use in Facebook and Twitter, which used to be my top two apps, but I know how easy it is to get stuck on those sites for hours so I try to avoid them as much as possible. 

Student

I often spend more time than I would like on social media. I have recently deleted the instagram app off my phone because of my impulse to scroll for too long. That being said, I have recently allocated the majority of my time usually spent on my phone to reading as of these past two weeks. I have found that this makes me less anxious throughout my day. Usually nothing comes good from reading social media as the majority of material on facebook and instagram tends to be negative. My percentages are listed below:

Facebook - 28% | 4 hrs

Snapchat - 22% | 3.6 hrs

Spodify - 19% | 2.9 hrs

Student

In my spare time, I have to say that I did not really take a real break from social media since I started to use cell phone. Even I always tell myself “Stop phubbing in the social media”. Cell phone has become a temptation of modern essential amenity. I like to keep checking the hot search list, latest news or bloggers new articles on the Weibo app. I don’t think this obsession is bad, instead, it became a beacon of the rich life ahead.

For the past seven days:

WeChat: 35%

Instagram: 8%

Weibo: 28%

YouTube: 10%

Student

I never take a social media break since I started to use social media on phone. It has became a part of my life. I can use social media to connect my friends and family, it makes our life more easy.  When I wake up, the first thing I need to check is the message on my phone. When I sleep, the last thing I do is check the social media once more and say GN to my friends. I can hardly give up use the phone over 30 mintues.  Form the past day:

Wechat 15hours

Youtube 6.6hours

Sina Microblog 12hours

 

 

Student

My top battery uses from the last 7 days were:

Reddit: 9.1 hours

Spotify: 8.6 hours

Snapchat: 2 hours

Messages: 3.2 hours

Instagram: 1.4 hours

I don’t really abstain from social media, I’m just really bad at keeping up with it. I do mindlessly browse reddit often and have gone as far as deeting Facebook from my apps so I’m forced to go out of my way if I really want to check it.  recently I made it a goal to use my phone less in general and do something more in the moment. This keeps me from wasting hours on listening to music or playing games when I could be more productive.

Student

I haven't taken a break on social media since junior high because it seems indispensable to my life. Social media has become the way we contact each other and it seems that we will lost connections with friends if we leave social media. I am  "extremely online", I can't live without my phone and it's the thing that I hold in my hands all the  time. Over the past 7 days, I have used 

Wechat: 13 hrs.

Douyutv: 9 hrs

Student

I can't say that I've ever really taken a long break from social media ever since I first got a facebook account in 2009. I've never been an avid poster on any site, but I still check them obsessively. It's tricky to not check them, even when I'm on vacation and trying to spend less time looking at my phone. It's become a habit for many people, instead of watching the nightly news or reading a paper every day they check their social sites. In the past week, I have spent around 2 hours on both Reddit and Snapchat and an hour each on Facebook and Instagram as well. Each is a platform for news, entertainment, and communication that provides a connectivity that is hard to give up. I can see how it would be beneficial to unplug for a while and stop and smell the roses for once.   

Student

I used to spend lots of time on facebook when I was in high school. But I realized that I tend to spend too many meaningless times. Sometimes I was frustrated when I see people arguing with the weird reasons. After I came to the University I only use SNS to contact people or to use craigslist. In Korea, Snapchat is not familiar to people so I don't have an account. And I deactivated Instagram for the same reason I don't spend a lot of time on facebook. But, I still spend some time on Youtube when I am bored or for killing time. It is attractive as there are many influencers (creator) who upload the short video. 

 

Facebook - 1.5 Hours

Youtube - 2.6 hours

Student

I have spent a lot of time with social media past of days. Even though I have tried to quiet to use social media, I would back to use social media suddenly. Too much use social media will harm to us because we get a lot of information, we have a lot of agitation, we do not care about self-development, and we only care about what we see so in my opinion, we need a break time to use social media. Proper use adds to the fun of life, but too much use ruins a life. My battery usage over the past 7 days:

Facebook: 14hours

Instagram: 3hours

YouTube: 6 hours

Student
This is a post I can totally relate to. I've given up social media for lent at least 3 times, and and handful of other times I have taken a few month long breaks from social media just because. I often times feel social media starting to overcome my life and will delete all my apps for a couple months at a time just to get away from the judgment of other and to stop constantly searching for approval, which I ofter feel social media does. I also find that after I go on those breaks I realize I don't need certain account and end up deleting them. This is why I stopped using Vine, Twitter, and Facebook. After a long break from social media I just realized that I wasn't getting anything from those accounts and just never re downloaded them onto my phone. When looking at my battery percentage for the past 6 days I was not surprised that snapchat was the number one battery percentage user on my phone at 43%!!!!! What I find funny is I use snap chat to watch news and other story snip-its when I'm bored more than to socialize. 43% still seems like and excessive amount of time on social media so it may be time for another one of my social media breaks! The second most used percentage was instagram with 9% which surprised me a little because I don't feel like I go on there that often, but apparently I do. Those were the only 2 social media apps I had on my list, the rest were navigation, messaging, and health apps.
Student

 I think everybody should take a break from social media from time to time. Every now and then, I'll temporarily delete apps like Instagram and Snapchat from my phone to break that habit of unconsciously opening the app during the day. You know the habit is real when you close the app and open it back up seconds later and realizing that you were just on it. My battery usage over the past 7 days is listed below:

11 hrs | Instagram

3 hrs | Youtube

1.6 hrs  | Snapchat 

Student

I think that the only time I can take a break is sleeping, I use my phone everyday. When I wake up, the first thing that I do is using my phone, like reading some news, watching video and others. I think it become one of my habits in my daily life. Sometime I try to throw my phone, and spend much more time in reading paper books, but it only continues 15~20 minutes, that time I really want to see my phone and I think someone maybe ask sone things, and I should use my phone.

 

Past 7 days:

Wechat: 9 hours

YouTube: 5 hours

Kugou: 3 hours

Weibo: 3 hours

Student

I love spending my time on social media. I've never stop of using social media after the first time I got in touch with phone. I can't help myself of playing with social media. Every day when I wake up, the first thing I do is opening Wechat and checking is there any funny things that I missed when I am sleeping. I know that's not good, but I just can not change it. It become a thing that I have to do in my daily life.

From the past 7 days:

Wechat: 10 hours

Weibo: 5.5 hours

Instagram: 5 hours

 

Student

I have taken breaks but they were for forced because there were times I wouldn't have access to the phone that I had because it would break and I would have to order a new one. After looking at the discusting amount of hours that I spend on my phone I am thinking of doing a social media clense when I come back from spring break. 

All are for the past 7 days. 

Instgram 11 hours 

Snapchat 4.5 hours

 

Student

Taking a seven day reading of the hours I spent and what I top social network is, I found that I used FaceBook most and it is around 10.3 hours during the previous seven days. 

FaceBook: 10.3 hours

Youtube: 3 hours

Twitter: 2.5  hours

Snapchat: 3 hours

Thinking over the seven-day experience, I found that staying away from the obsession with social media platforms can benefit me a lot. For instance, I could save a lot of time and spend it on other important tasks, such as reading, keeping fit and taking online course. What is more, to impose limitation upon the time spent on social media platforms means I can improve my time management skills. For this reason, I feel better about myself and become more confident. Last but not least, logging off personal social media account provides me more time to meditate, particularly before falling asleep at night. Thereby, I gain a better understanding about issues that are worthy of attention. 

Student

I've never intentionally taken a break from social media, but I was thinking about my usage earlier today when I was in line at the grocery store. My grocery store gets insanely busy on Saturdays, which stresses me out, so when I'm in line I look at FB etc. to relax. It doesn't really work though--usually it makes me more impatient. I want to try to avoid filling up every spare moment looking at my phone and give my own imagination some room! 

Not surprisingly, my number one app over the past 7 days is Youtube since I watch videos during meals and workouts:

Youtube: 31%, 3.1 hrs screen, 2.1 hrs background

Facebook: 10%, 1.1 hrs 

Pandora: 10%, 2.1 hrs

Podcasts: 8%, 3.8 hrs

I don't feel like I spend too much time on social media like FB, but then again, this doesn't account for time I spend looking at it on my computer. 

Student

I have not taken a break from social media since I started using it. The only true break I get from it is when my phone happens to die. However, I definitely do spend too much time on social media and I would probably benefit from a break every once in awhile. In looking at my phone, I spend over 30% of my battery on social media. Specifically, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram are the modes that I spend the majority of my battery on.

Student

I have taken a break from social media mostly for traveling reasons. When I went to different countries and could not use service and did not have access to Wifi I was unable to use social media, or even my phone for the matter. So, it was mainly because I physically could not use it rather than by choice. I have thought about deleting my social media apps for Lent, however, I never have. It may be something I do in the future because I spend way too often on them. A breakdown of my battery usage from the past 7 days:

 

Snapchat: 53% battery, 6 hours on screen 

Instagram: 17% battery, 3.3 hours on screen

Facebook: 6% battery, 1.7 hours on screen

Twitter: 5% battery, 1.5 hours on screen 

Pinterest: 1% battery, 26 min on screen 

Student

Social media is definitely a huge part of many peoples lives, including mine. I have actually taken a social media break over the past summer just because I felt like I wasn't focused on anything else and I wanted to make myself more busy with things that actually needed to get done. Now, I do spend most of my time on social media when I am not doing homework or if I am not at work. I like using it to keep up with pop culture, news, and to get a good laugh as well. Its great for keeping in touch with friends, and to network for business as well!

in the last 7 days:

Instagram: 27%

Facetime: 13%

Snapchat: 11%

Music: 5%

Student

I find myself on my phone alot and sometimes I get annoyed at myself for the amount I am on it and how much I rely on it in certain situations. Recently I have been trying to cut out time spent on my phone or at least less time spent on social media. For example I used to spend a lot of time on Instagram and now I barely go on it and I deleeted my twitter because it was just pointless to me. I do spend alot of time on Facebook and Pinterest and I think that taking an overall break from everything and not being on my phone so much would really benefit me. 

Over the past 7 days I have spent, 

Snapchat: 1.5 hours

Facebook: 2.6 hours (this is my top social network, I often don't realize how long I've been scrolling on it) 

Messages: 4.1 hours 

Pinterest: 2 hours

Spotify: 1 hour 

Student

Social media is the one of the most effecient ways to communicate and keep updated with others. The constant feeling that people can see what you do has created an obsession over their self-image, causing people to keep checking their platforms, posts, likes and followers. This obsession isn't necessariy a bad thing, but has caused people to become more aware of how they portray themselves or want to portray themselves to others.

Over the past 7 days, I've spent:

4.5 hours on Instagram

2.9 hours on Facebook

2.7 hours on Snapchat

Student

I can't remeber ever taking a social media break. I spend a lot of time on social media, but I don't think it is an unhealthy amount. However, that means I can't judge how much stress and influence social media has on my life until I take a step back and assess it. If I were to take a break from social media for a month I think it would help me focus on other things. But to be honest I might just pend that month watching Netflix or HBO to try and catch up on all the shows and movies in my watchlist. Also, I feel that the only way I would take an extended period of time off social media is if I go on a long vacation where I wouldn't have the ability to constantly check social media.

Here is my battary usage for the past seven days:

Twitter: 16% with 3.5 hrs on screen

Safari: 15% with 3.1 hrs on screen

Bleacher Report: 13% with 2.4 hrs on screen

Snapchat: 7% with 1.6 hrs on screen

Youtube: 6% with 1.4 hrs on screen 

Student

Social media is the very important part in my daily life. Actually i can say that is the first thing to start a day and the last thing to end up a day. Since my hand got pain because of the frequently playing cell phone and computers. I realized i have to let my eyes, brain, and hands to take a break. But one thing is still not changing. I still get used to using social media to end a day up. I used to post my daily mood on social medias, since i decrese the time on it, the posts is deccreasing as well. But i keep looking others posts. 

Here is my past 7 days social media lists i checked on my battery usage:

Wechat: 41% 

Whatsapp: 5%

Instagram: 10%

Linkedin: 3%

Youtube: 7%

Student

Over the years I have taken breaks from certain social media platforms multiple times. When I am feeling overwhelmed with life and by the things I see on social media, I usually delete Instagram and Twitter. In the past, I have successfully stayed off of these apps for about a week or so- I eventually cave in. Sometimes it just gets too much, and it is nice to step away from social media from time-to-time and appreciate life without this technology. I try not to spend much time on my phone, which recently I have been following through with more, but I do tend to use it the most when I'm not home or in class (whoops). I took a look at my battery to see where I spend the most time and this is what I found:

Spotify: 27%

Facebook: 13%

Instagram: 13%

Snapchat: 11%

Messages: 11%

Safari: 6% 

I have used Spotify the most where over this past week I spent 17 minutes on screen, and 18.9 hours in the background. I normally listen to music throughout the day, and also overnight because I have trouble sleeping and listening to soothing playlists tends to help me. I have used Facebook for 3.2 hours and Instagram for 3.6 hours these last 7 days. 

 

Student

Social media is a part of everything we do in this world anymore. I actually recently deleted twitter because of how much negativity it has and save myself so much more time during the day to do more productive things. My favorite part about social media is it keeps me in touch with my family and friends back at home that I rarely get to see. It is a new era but honestly do not know what is next with social media because of all the things it influences. My 7 day social media list:

Youtube: 1 hour

Instagram: 7.4 hours (My top social media network) 45% of my battery used

Facebook: 1.8 hours

LinkedIn: 2 hours

Snapchat: 2 hours

 

Student

Social media is a major part of today's society, especially for those that work in advertising. Sure it can be time consuming, but if we, as advertisers, are trying to use these platforms for advertising, we better understand them inside, out and backwards. 

On my phone alone in the past 7 days, I used:

Youtube: 3.3 hours

Instagram: 3.5 hours

Snapchat: 1.8 hours

Twitter: 1.5 hours

Facebook: 1.1 hours

These times do not include the time I have spent in the last 7 days on these platforms with other devices. I do agree that social media can get in the way, but just like all technology, I feel like there is much more to gain from social media than there is to lose. 

Student

I have never really taken a break from social media. I may have tried for Lent once in high school, but I don't think I lasted all 40 days. I find my self on social media when I am bored or when I am looking for anything to distract me to keep me from actually doing what I need to get done. I've thought about how it would actually be good for me to take a long break from all forms of social media, but right now I find myself with too much free time to know I wouldn't be able to give it up for an extended period. I think it would be a good idea, like the article, to reserve one month out of every year to unplug from social media. 

I took a look at my battery for the last 7 days and here's where I spend most of my time:

  • FaceTime -- 6 hours
  • Instagram -- 5 hours
  • Facebook -- 4.3 hours
  • Snapchat -- 2 hours

I do spend a lot of time on YouTube (quite a few hours over the last 7 days), but I only tend to watch YouTube on my laptop, not through their app. 

Student

Social media is extremely addictive, even if there are many great aspects to social media, I find myself often procrastinating and just scrolling through Instagram for example. I personally don't post a lot of things on my social media, but I do spend a lot of time browsing through various social medias. I used to spend a lot more time on messaging apps, but I found out that I wouldn't really see people I would talk to and I would have pointless conversations. It got me really fed up, so one time I decided to not check any of my social medias for 3 days and just answer phone calls or direct messages. After 3 days, I had plenty of notifications and messages on Facebook, snapchat, etc. But none of them were really important, people who had important things to tell me actually called me or came to see me in person. Because of this I decided to just check certain social medias (messenger, snapchat, etc.) just occasionally. I realize I still do spend a lot of time browsing and procrastinating when I look at my battery and what I spend time on: 

1) Instagram = 6.4 Hours

2) Safari = 2.9 Hours

3) Facebook = 2.3 Hours

4) YouTube = 1.8 Hours

5) Messenger = 1.2 Hours

 

Student

While social media can be an incredibly useful tool, I think it can also be distracting and overwhelming if too much time is spent using it. I have gone through periods of time where my phone was broken and I couldn't contact anyone for days. Instead of this causing stress and difficulty, it was relaxing and almost freeing, in a sense. Due to this realization, I try to take social media breaks daily. I ended up deleting my twitter account completely and tnow kepe my notifications turned off for all social media apps on my phone, except snapchat. I also keep my phone on Do Not Disturb throughout the day, so that I can stay present and focused. I still check my phone from time to time, but I've noticed that I don't feel as attached to it as most other people do. I also get way more done in smaller amounts of time, compared to before.

In the past 7 days, my top apps used were:

1) Safari - 3.4 hrs

2) Messages - 3.5 hrs

3) Music - 2.7 hrs

4) Snapchat - 2 hrs

5) Instagram - 1.9 hrs

 

Student

While social media can be an incredibly useful tool, I think it can also be distracting and overwhelming if too much time is spent using it. I have gone through periods of time where my phone was broken and I couldn't contact anyone for days. Instead of this causing stress and difficulty, it was relaxing and almost freeing, in a sense. Due to this realization, I try to take social media breaks daily. I ended up deleting my twitter account completely and tnow kepe my notifications turned off for all social media apps on my phone, except snapchat. I also keep my phone on Do Not Disturb throughout the day, so that I can stay present and focused. I still check my phone from time to time, but I've noticed that I don't feel as attached to it as most other people do. I also get way more done in smaller amounts of time, compared to before.

In the past 7 days, my top apps used were:

1) Safari - 3.4 hrs

2) Messages - 3.5 hrs

3) Music - 2.7 hrs

4) Snapchat - 2 hrs

5) Instagram - 1.9 hrs

 

Student

Social media is like an addictive drug. This is evident at night when I estimate the hours of sleep I'll get and end up on Youtube for 2 of those hours. There has been times when I take a break from homework to check my messages and end up on Instagram for an hour or so. I can admit that a break from my phone as a whole is needed. I spend quite some time scrolling, but I don't make post because I'm a pretty private person. I never really cared for posting personal things on social media since I graduated highschool, but I do scroll through funny or business pages frequently. I can definitely use some time away from my phone, but I don't see it happening any time soon to be honest. 

I only use these 3 different social media accounts

Instagram- 4 hours

Facebook-  2.6 hours

YouTube- 56 minutes

 

 

Student

I have never taken a true break from social media, although I have thought about it multiple times. I do not post very frequently on most social media sites, but I do spend a lot of time looking at what others post. After looking through my usage of social media for the past week it is a little disturbing to see how much time I spend on social media! 

My top 5 are: 

1. Messagese 5.1 hours 

2.Twitter 4.2 hours

3. Facebook 3.5 hours

4. Snapchat 1.9 hours 

5. Instagram 1.9 hours

 

Student

I have not taken any social media break yet. But I think I definitely need to force myself to do it once. When I have my homework due soon, I’ll leave my phone in the living room for a while until I finish it. If the phone is right next to me, I probably be tempted to look through those social media. By a rough calculation, I used to spend 2 or 3 hours per day on social media like Instagram and Weibo. Sometimes even more than 5 hours per day which it’s crazy at all. During the past 7 days, I used Instagram for 15 hours around.

 

Instagram: 15 hours

WeChat: 10 hours

Weibo: 7 hours

YouTube: 5 hours

LinkedIn: 4 hours

Facebook: 3 hours 

Student

I have never taken a true social media break, as I do not really post very often on social media. I do, however, look at other's social media posts, so if I were to take a true break, I would have to eliminate that all together. I do feel that I have moments of being "extremely online" and these moments always coincide with how much homework I have to finish. I often use social media as a way of avoiding getting my work done, as I can just mindlessly scroll through and look at other people's lives. For me, Instagram and Facebook are my top social media solely because those sites are easiest to scroll quickly through as they both contain a high number of photos and they both give a good reading on what everyone in my social network is up to on a day to day basis.

Instagram: 2.7 hours

Facebook: 2.7 hours

Twitter: 51 minutes

Snapchat: 24 minutes

Pinterest: 23 minutes

Student

I have not taken a social media break in a while and I probably should. I feel like I waste time on social media sites. I just mindlessly scroll through the feed and don’t even realize the time passing by. According to the article is says that the two simple rules to take a break from social media is don’t post on social media and don’t look at social media. This article got me thinking. Why am I so interested in other people pictures and lives? Why do I feel the need to post stuff on social media? Why do I get happy when I get likes or comments? Also, why do I post what I do on a daily basis on snapchat? Due to society, we want people to think we are happy and living our best life. Social media is interesting but I do think it has had a positive and negative impacted on the world. Snapchat is my most used social media site.

Snapchat:4. 4 hours

Instagram: 4.3 hours

Messages: 6.7 hours

Phone: 2.1 hours

Facebook: 1.5 hour

YouTube: 1 hour

Instructor

I need to take a break. LOL. It really distracts from your goals, yes?

Student

I have never taken a full break from social media. Honestly, I try to take a break but end up failing. Over the past 7 days my top app was Instagram. I used instagram for 10.7 hours, that is crazy. 

1. Instagram 10.7 hours

2. Snapchat 4.5 hours

3. YouTube 3.6 hours 

4. WhatsApp 3 hours 

5. Safari 1.5 hours 

Student

I have never taken a major break from social media. I have gone a couple days without going on it but I have to admit when I am bored and just hanging out I can spend hours scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. The only good thing I have to say is when I am with other people, or on vacation, or out to eat at dinner I am not one of those people who are glued to their phones. Facebook is definetly my most used app, I get watching videos and before I know it I have been on there for a while. In the past 4 days I have been on Facebook for 6 hours. After reading the article I am debating taking a break from social media. I will definetly wait until summer though, it will be easier becuase I use my phone a lot less. 

Derek Mehraban's picture
Instructor
2/19/2018
Facebook, Social Media