Here’s Why I Unplugged From Snapchat And Why You Should Too

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Over a month ago, I decided that Snapchat was superrrrrr unhealthy for me in more ways than one. Instead of getting things done, I would spend hours upon hours on Snapchat not only lurking, but falling into the constant weaving web of drama, all stemming from my school. Honestly, being on Snapchat was taking a major toll on me emotionally, and it was so draining. Yes, believe it or not, creating quality “streaks” is stressful! So, I took it upon myself to end all of my 52 streaks with my friends and logged off, and can I just say that I feel so much better.

I’ll admit that I always want to stay in the loop and get my hands on some tea, but this hiatus was totally worth it. I get more of my work done, I can focus on myself rather than others, and I cut out all of the drama and toxic relationships online. I can say that this summer is definitely off to a peaceful and a very enjoyable start. If you’re looking for a way to unplug, but you’re unsure of the benefits, I highly suggest that you keep reading. Here are four reasons why you should logout of Snapchat (and/or other social media sites) over the summer and go live your best life.

Number One: DRAMA

If you’re anything like me, I have a zero tolerance for drama. I can’t stand it and I try to steer clear from it, but that doesn’t mean that others will respect that. I’m pretty sure that you have those type of associates that are thirsty for something to pop off. They’ll screenshot your posts on your Snap and take things out of context. If you’re tired of it, you have two choices. You will either block them or just sign out of your social media accounts. Blocking only goes so far, so I highly suggest that you take your time and sign out of your social media. They’ll wonder what you’re up to and see that you’re unbothered.

Number Two:  SNAPPING & DRIVING

It’s time for me to be honest. As a newly licensed driver, I’ve seen a lot of classmates and friends that get on Snapchat, Instagram Live, etc. while they’re driving, which is clearly irresponsible. Yes, it’s cool that you’re finally out on the road by yourself, but it’s not cool when you’re putting your life and someone ele’s in danger. If you value your life and the lives of others, you won’t have to worry about this if you’ve logged out of Snapchat.

Number Three: GROW & GLOW

Besides staying away from drama and mess, disconnecting from Snapchat will help you grow and glow as a person. Social media tends to invoke feelings of loneliness, envy, and it is often correlated with low self-esteem. Take a break from social media and work on yourself. Stay low-key, everyone doesn’t need to know what you’re up to. The time that you spend on Snapchat, Twitter, and other social media sites could be used for self-care. Meditate, pray, take care of your physical and mental well being, or whatever you need to do in order to glow.

Number Four: CATCH UP ON SLEEP

It’s your summer and you should be able to catch up on the sleep that you missed this school year. I know for a fact that social media can be very addictive, especially when you want to see what all your friends and favorite celebrities are doing. However, Snapchat and other social media sites should not come between you and your well deserved sleep. Once school starts back up, you’ll wish you logged out and put down the phone.

Guys, I cannot stress how much of a great decision this is and I’m still reaping the benefits. Don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to quit social media cold turkey or indefinitely. Just take a break from it and see how you like it. Everyone can’t cope without social media, but if you can, take my word and you’ll see how much of a breath of fresh air it is. Enjoy your summer because before you know it, you’ll be back in school wishing that you could just experience summer (and sleep) without all the drama and distractions. Sure, you can take your pictures to capture the moment, but you don’t always have to post it on social media. Unplug and enjoy the sun!

 

By Jada Daniel, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep, Senior

Twitter: @tgijadaaa

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