Miley Cyrus is done with Twitter, but apparently not Liam Hemsworth, after a sting of gossip mag headlines claiming their engagement was called off. “I am so sick of LA. And sick of the lies that come with it,” she Tweeted yesterday. “I didn’t call off my wedding. Taking a break from social media. #draining.”
Social media can definitely be draining (and so can the thought of a 19-year-old getting married before I do), so here are a few signs you should take a break like Miley.
+ If You Tweet More Often Than You Sleep
The average American spends at least 8 hours a day staring at a computer screen, which is even more time than most of us spend sleeping! If your Justin Bieber Twitter obsession is cutting into your beauty rest, try leaving your computer in another room when you go to bed. And get that phone out from under your pillow! Keeping it a few feet away will give you a healthy breather from social media AND force you to get up when your alarm clock goes off in the morning. 'Cause hitting snooze 8 times in a row never makes waking up any easier.
+ If You Insta-Spy
A recent study found that over one in three people use social media to spy on their partner, their ex, or their partner’s ex. One could argue that social media is just one big spying tool, but it can also make us overly obsessive. First I stalk my ex, then I stalk the girl in the photos with my ex, then I channel Rihanna’s “Stay” vid in a bathtub full of tears. WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF?! If you spend too much of your online time checkin’ up on people or envying their awesome filtered lives, stop! Get outside, live your life, and maybe you’ll find something (or someone!) worth Instagramming along the way.
+ If Social Media Stresses You Out
Studies show that the more online friends or followers a person has, the more stressed out they become. Being Internet famous comes with the pressure to be liked -- and Facebook "liked" -- and with that pressure comes tons of stress. “I want my private life to be private. I’m done tryna please,” Miley rapped on YouTube after she deleted her Twitter account back in ’09. Plus, as Miley knows, not everyone on social media is as sweet as Taylor Swift. According to MTV’s A Thin Line, 17 percent of young people have been threatened or manipulated online or via text.
Draw your line between digital use and abuse by taking action with A Thin Line below.