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Life Beyond Therapy: Time for a social media ‘vacay’?

First it was my 19-year-old goddaughter. Then my 30-year-old niece. Now it’s my 45-year-old male client.

What do these people have in common?

They have each decided it’s time for a vacation from social media (or “vacay,” as my goddaughter calls it).

Then last week, I went to a student performance at San Diego State and I overheard the young woman sitting next to me tell her friend, “I used to use Facebook for updates on my friends, Instagram to let me know what they ate and Snapchat to know what everyone’s weekend was like. I’m so over that. I want a social media ‘vacay.’”

Have you ever thought about taking a break from social media? There are millions of people who habitually update their Facebook status, check-in with friends on Twitter or post photos on Instagram. I admit, social media can be fun, but if you find that your social media habits are impinging on your time at work, school or with family, it might be time for a break.

Although we all seem so into Facebook and Twitter, we often come away from it feeling annoyed. How many times can you read about other people’s workouts, meals or relationship drama?

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