Across the pond in England, the National Health Service is taking a stand on social media’s impact on mental health. The Royal Public Health Society is urging social media users to take the month of September off Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.
While some avid users are committing to going completely cold turkey, others are are encouraging taking small steps such as avoiding social media after 6 pm or labelling the bedroom as a scroll-free zone.
While the organizers of Scroll Free September aren’t deeming social media as evil altogether, their intention for this initiative came from the desire to encourage balance. Although social media has completely revolutionized the way we communicate with each other, it can have some serious negative effects such as cyberbullying, poor sleep, depression, and anxiety. The event is intended to encourage users to check in with themselves and decide what aspects of social media make them feel good, and what parts have a negative impact on their well being.
Considering that social media is literally our job here at Imagine Media, we’re not sure if we could ever go cold turkey, but we are in full support of finding balance. We all feel digital overwhelm from time to time, and our best way to combat that is to put down our phones and get outside to exercise, meet friends for some good food (that we won’t put on our Instagram Story) or getting nose-deep in a good book in a moody coffee shop. If you choose to partake in Scroll Free September, we hope to see you back in October with a refreshed perspective on why social media is important and how to avoid the negativity. ✌🏼
Story By: Sophie Duncan