Research from Compare the Market has revealed that 39% of Australians are cutting back on their social media habits to improve their mental health. Compare the Market’s Phillip Portman said it can be good to take a break from social media if you’ve noticed a negative impact on your mood.

“For many of us, social media is an important part of our day-to-day lives. It was a great tool during the pandemic, that allowed us to stay connected with our friends and family when we were locked down. Now there’s a fear of missing out if you’re not on social media or haven’t checked your socials to see what your friends have been up to. You can wind up getting stuck in a doom scroll for hours and you just wonder where the time has gone.”

5 tips for a social media detox:

Tell your circle

Let your close friends and family know you’re going on a social media detox, so they don’t freak out and think you’ve dropped off the face of the earth.

Turn off notifications or delete apps

Turn off your social media notifications so you only see them when you log into the app. Alternatively, delete the app you would like a break from.

Detox with a buddy

If you and your friend both quit or take a break from social media, you can keep each other accountable and honest. Having someone to detox with might be easier than going it alone.

Try something new

Pick up a new hobby that makes you feel good. You might surprise yourself and realise you enjoy doing activities that don’t involve social media.

Mood journal

Jot down any changes in your mood to track if the social media detox is working. Hopefully, you see some improvements in your mood but remember to be patient because Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Listen to Phillip Portman’s full chat with Bec and Asa below!