Social media is a huge part of my life. It is something I use to keep up with my friends now that we're all 2017 graduates, I use it to check up on what my favorite celebrities are up to, and I use it to check up on what is going on in the world. But, lately, I've been noticing that social media can have a negative effect.

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One of the negative effects I have been experiencing is I compare my life to stranger's lives or my friend's lives. What I mean is whenever I'm casually scrolling on Instagram their photos are really cool. They get to do amazing things like going to music festivals, and they get to travel. And, I don't know about you but one of my biggest dreams is traveling the world with a friend and taking photos while doing so. But, I can't do that since traveling is SUPER expensive, and all of my friends are in school and they're working.

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But there's nothing wrong with sharing the places you have visited. Seeing these photos adds onto my list of "Places to see." But for me personally, it gets to the point where I absolutely hate my life and I wish I was born with a cooler life. One where I get to constantly travel to different places and meet new people. This mindset pretty much makes me incredibly upset and then one day I realized that the stuff I see on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat isn't even real. Yes, they are having fun but it's not something they do every day. And how would I know what's going on behind the camera? Maybe the people just took a group selfie to make it look really cool and then they went back on their phones. This made me realize that I HAVE to work hard to get the life I want to live. (I know, I know it's a no-brainer but shhhh) Another thing I've been catching myself doing is comparing my body to others but that's for another article.

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The second thing I have been noticing is I waste too much time on social media that I can't get anything done. I caught myself doing this when I was in high school. I would do about 5 or 10 minutes of work and then I would stop and check my phone. This was the worst thing I did to myself because I added so much stress to myself that I end up procrastinating. (Fun fact: I typed my George Lucas report for my film critique class AND memorized my presentation the night before I turn in everything. Not worth but at least I got a good grade on it). And that's something I still do up to this day. I'm supposed to be packing my things since my family and I are going to be moving to an apartment and I haven't packed everything. Looking back at all of this also made me realize that I should stay off of social media. Do I want to work on myself y'know?

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And the last thing I really want to do is working on my mental and physical health. I am a firm believer in self-care. Something I always say to my friends is, "the longest relationship you're ever going to have is with yourself. So take some time out of your busy schedule and give yourself lots of love and take VERY good care of yourself." and I try to live by that but sometimes I forget sometimes.

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So... yeah those are the reasons why I want to stay off social media. And I know that there is going to be a lot of trial and error but that's okay. Everyone starts somewhere, everyone fails at some point, but that doesn't make it the end of the world. Anyway, I hope this inspires someone out there to join me on this mini detox. Oh, and the reason why it says (kind of...) in the title is because I'll still be using some social media like Weheartit, Whatsapp, iMessage, and Youtube.

(Also, sorry if none of this makes sense. I'm literally typing this at 1 am)