The Importance Of Social Media Detoxing

The Importance Of Social Media Detoxing

Take a step back from social media

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Every day we wake up and scroll through social media like it's the morning paper. We flip back and forth from Instagram to Twitter to Facebook to VSCO throughout the day, liking pictures and many times comparing ourselves. We lose out on real-life moments to hide behind our phones and we try to make our lives seem so much better over social media than we feel they are in real life. We become so obsessed with our image online that we forget about the world around us. If you feel like you couldn't go without your phone for a day, I would encourage you to do a social media detox.

To start off your detox, I would encourage you to go through your social media itself. Start off by unfollowing people that you compare yourself to constant, people you don't know, or anything that posts content that makes you feel like less. Delete pictures you don't like, tweets that you aren't fond of, and more. Take off anything a future employer or your future yourself would question. Clean it all up. If you want, you can completely delete it and start anew, but just be prepared for that clean of a start and make sure that is genuinely what you want.

Then, start limiting your time. Spending so much time on your phone is almost the equivalent to having an addition, so start by slowing down your time. There is now a feature on iPhones that allows you to limit your time on each app on your phone. You set the amount of time you want to spend on it each day, and once you hit that limit you are locked out of the app until the next day. Maybe go down to an hour over the course of the day spent scrolling through social media. You can even limit yourself to the time of day you get on so that you aren't getting on right before bed.

Then try to log out of your accounts. You can even delete the app and redownload it later. You then won't be able to face the temptation of even getting on the app at all. Try to fill your day with other things. Be more productive. Get ahead on school work. Focus on things you would like to change about yourself. Pick up a hobby. Drop a bad habit. Learn an instrument. Become a fitness guru. Write stories or articles.

A lot of times a negative side effect of social media is comparing ourselves and feeling worse about ourselves. Kick that habit as well and don't pick up social media until you are happy with you and your life off screen. Work out until you love your body. Do face masks until your skin is flawless. Write something you like about yourself down every day. End your day by thinking of five positive things that happened so you're focusing on positive things. Read some good books about self-love. Practice self-love. Tell yourself you're confident until you actually believe it. Learn photography so you can take better pictures.

Once enough time has passed and you're happy with who you are and your life off screen, redownload the apps. Maybe you won't even want to. Maybe you will and just don't get on it as often. Maybe nothing changes and as soon as you get back on you develop the same poor habits. If you do, just make a mental note and try again another time. However, I think it's important to unplug for a little bit and enjoy life off of social media. Take a social media detox and feel the negativity leave your body. It's truly rewarding.

For me, a social media detox was much needed. I found that I was spending too much time on social media and not enough time actually interacting with the world around me. Clearing out followers and tweets will not only benefit me in the future when I decide to look for a career and they search through my social media, but also for myself in the long run so I am not constantly comparing myself like before. It helped me to focus on other things and helped me to become much more productive in the day. I no longer rely on social media to get me out of awkward social situations, but learned instead to embrace the awkward and make something out of it. I am better at conversations, embracing awkward scenarios and making them good, and just being happy with who I am and those around me. I encourage anyone to try it out, even if it is just for the day one day.

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75 Of The Most Iconic Vine Quotes

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Vine may be dead but Vine references live on. I still watch Vine threads AT LEAST twice a day. Here are 75 of the most quotable vines:

1. "Ooooooo, he needs some milk."

2. "Hi, welcome to Chili's."

3. "It is Wednesday, my dudes."

4. "Country boy, I love you ahhhwweelhwh..."

5. "Escalera oooooooaaaa!"

6. "F**k ya chicken strips!"

7. "Barbecue sauce on my titties."

8. "Gimme your F**KING money!"

9. "That was legitness."

10. "Ms. Keisha, MS. KEISHA! Oh my f**king God, she f**king dead."

11. "Fre-sha-vocado."

12. "Staaaahp! I coulda dropped my croissant!"

13. "That's my OPINION."

14. "You're not my dad, ugly ass f**king noodle head."

15. "What the f**k, Richard."

16. "This bitch empty, YEET!"

17. "Road work ahead? Yeah, I sure hope it does."

18. "What up, I'm Jared I'm 19, and I never f**king learned how to read."

19. "Um, I'm never been to oovoo javer."

20. "My God, they were roommates."

21. "Why are you running, why are you running?"

22. "Whoever threw that paper, your mom's a hoe."

23. "I can't swim."

24. "Lebron James."

25. "It's an avocado, thanksssss..."

26. "Mother trucker dude, that hurt like a butt cheek on a stick."

27. "Watch your profanity."

28. "I love you bitch, I ain't never gonna stop loving you, biiiiiitch."

29. "What are thoooooose?"

30. "I smell like beef."

31. "You better stop."

32. "What the F**K IS UP KYLE?"

33. "Come get y'all juice."

34. "Two bros, chilling in a hot tub, 5 feet apart cause they're not gay."

35. "So you just gonna bring me a birthday gift on my birthday to my birthday party on my birthday with a birthday gift?"

36. "I wanna be a cowboy, baby."

37. "Why you always lying?"

38. "Nice Ron" "I sneezed, oh, what, am I not allowed to sneeze?"

39. "I'm washing me and my clothes."

40. "Honey, you've got a big storm coming."

41. "XOXO, gossip girl."

42. "Shoutout to all the pear."

43. "A potato flew around my room before you came."

44. "Chipotle is my life."

45. "Look at all those chickens!"

46. "YOU BETTER STOP."

47. "I like turtles."

48. "It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life, watermelon, INSIDE A WATERMELON."

49. "Deez nuts, HA GOT EM?"

50. "F**k you, I don't want no ravioli."

51. "21."

52. "I'm in my mum's car, broom broom."

53. "Iridocyclitis."

54. "You know what, I'm about to say it."

55. "That is NOT correct."

56. "Uh, I'm not finished" "Oh my God, can you let me do what I need to do?"

57. "I have osteoporosis."

58. "ADAM."

59. "Merry Chrysler."

60. "Wait a minute, who ARE you?"

61. "Try me, bitch."

62. "When will you learn, THAT YOUR ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES?"

63. "I didn't get no sleep cause of y'all, y'all not gone get no sleep cause of me!"

64. "Do you want to go see Uncle Cracker or no?"

65. "So no head?"

66. "You got eczema."

67. "I am shooketh."

68. "Hey my name is Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow."

69. "Can I PLEASE get a waffle?"

70. "There is only one thing worse than a rapist." "A child."

71. "Ah f**k, I can't believe you've done this."

72. "Bitch, I hope the f**k you do."

73. "Two shots of vodka."

74. "F**k off Janet, I'm not going to your f**king baby shower."

75. "JEEEEEZ, Jesus Christ."

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To Those With A Negative View Of Odyssey, Here's Why It's Worth My Time

I'm not a clickbait farm, I'm a young, aspiring writer.

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Something that I will never understand is why people have to be so negative when they're online. As a writer on Odyssey, it's hard to see some of the comments that people leave on articles or on Odyssey's Facebook page. From people tearing down writers who are vulnerable enough to openly share their opinions to people downright attacking Odyssey's brand, I'm here to say that I am a writer for the Odyssey and I am proud of it.

When I first joined Odyssey, I had no idea what was in store for me. I didn't know much about the company besides the fact that I see their articles circulate on my Facebook feed. But I can say that my experience writing on Odyssey has only been positive. I have grown as a writer and have learned how to communicate, work and collaborate in a professional manner. It has taught me discipline and has encouraged me to support and value others' viewpoints.

One of the most rewarding things about Odyssey is my position. I serve as the current editor-in-chief for my community (James Madison University) and get to help each and every one of my creators establish identities and learn all the things that I did as a content creator. I learned the importance of packaging articles and get to work one-on-one with professionals who help me whenever I need or want to.

I've found writing on Odyssey a very rewarding experience, so it puzzles me why people have to be so cruel and quick to bash my fellow Odyssey creators. One criticism I see a lot online is that Odyssey doesn't pay its users, but this isn't entirely true. We don't receive a payment for every article we post online, but if an article goes viral, the author is eligible for that article's ad revenue. After all, rewards should be earned, shouldn't they? Like most student writers, I don't write for money. I write because it is something that I love to do and I want to share my passion with the rest of the world.

(But for the record, I have gotten paid for some of my work, which helps motivate me to keep making my work better.)

Sharing your values and opinions openly isn't always the easiest thing to do. It's people like you who make us scared to do what we love. But you know what? It's also people like you who inspire us to keep doing it. Our goal is to spark conversation. There will never be a day where everyone on this planet agrees with one another and that is OK.

We are here to share our thoughts despite that.

We write so that others out there to know that they're not alone.

We write so that even if people don't agree with us, they can still see our work and form an opinion.

We write so that we can decompress.

We write so that we can prepare for a professional career and learn the skills that it takes to grow as a writer.

We are all human and we all have our own opinions. As a writer, I have learned to take things I don't agree with and write a professional response to it. Now, I don't know if that's just me, but it sounds much more intellectual than leaving a comment on Facebook stereotyping those of us who choose to write and shaming a company for sharing our work.

Odyssey is a great way to sharpen your writing skills and grow. My community has deadlines, meetings, rules, and expectations. We don't just scribble words into a text box and click post. I edit articles and the members of my community have to make revisions. It's not easy but it is so rewarding. It's an opportunity for our writing to be seen and for many of us, it's the start of making a name for ourselves. To be an Odyssey creator, you have to be open-minded and accepting of criticism. You have to be disciplined and committed to putting yourself out there, which is why it's so amazing to me that people try to put us down for what we do.

But hey, at the end of it all, one of our biggest goals is to gain as many people talking as possible. Whether you love our articles or hate them, your snarky comments make it clear that you've at least viewed our article, so thank you for adding to the conversation.

If you're still feeling so negative toward Odyssey and the people who create the content you see, I hope you're able to grow and find something that you are passionate about, just as I am about writing. I challenge you to expand your mind and become a more accepting individual and understand that people will never agree — instead of bashing people who choose to be vulnerable, congratulate them for putting themselves out there. Odyssey has taught me to support my community and everyone who writes chooses to write, whether I agree with their words or not. I hope you can learn to do the same.

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