Happy Thanksgiving! The leaves are turning, the air is crisp, and the PSL is a thing. It’s around this time of year that I make sure to find something to be particularly thankful for. Sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down in the negativity of the news and social media. So, this year, I’ve chosen to avoid any social media that I don’t want to engage for the weekend. I’m taking a social break.
I love some aspects of social media. It can keep us connected with people who don’t live close to us. My two very best friends don’t live near me, so I understand the importance and connection that social media can be. Social also often allows us to somewhat refine what we see, by allowing us to block certain words and phrases from appearing in our feeds. Arguably, Twitter is the most effective platform for this. You can block words and phrases, you can block specific users, and you can mute people you follow whom have started to talk about things which are bad for your mental health. Really, there’s never been a better time for social and refining your own feed.
However, social media remains a huge leading cause for poor mental health.
We see things we wouldn’t otherwise see (in the news, in people’s personal lives, of celebrities’ personal lives), all of which is likely to make us feel bad about the world and ourselves. It’s been proven that social media contributes to poor mental health, and yet teens spend an average of nine hours per day on social. We’re carrying the deadly weapon around with us in our pockets.
This weekend, I have chosen not to directly engage with Facebook or Twitter, which are the two places that I find the most difficult to spend time. In my professional life these platforms are a necessary evil, and perhaps I’ll dive deeper into that some day. For now, at least for a few days, Facebook and Twitter will not play a significant role in my day.
I require a social break to remember what it was like growing up as a child, when people had to dial a phone number to reach you. It’s a liberating feeling. I’m getting to spend this whole weekend with my family, uninterrupted by social. Now that is something to be thankful for.
What are you remembering to be thankful for this Thanksgiving? Leave a comment below!
Author: Bree Crowder
Bree Crowder is a writer and editor with interest in fiction (MG, YA, and fantasy), and lifestyle. Writing, reading, photography, and travel are a few of her favourite things.
She went to university to study English, and then went to college at the post-grad level to study creative writing. Her work has been reviewed by HarperCollins editors. Now, she writes for publications like HelloGiggles, Quirk Books, and Bustle. She is also an Editorial Literary Assistant with P.S. Literary Agency.