DID YOU KNOW - In a lifetime we will spend on average 5 years and 4 months on Social Media!* 

Shocking isn't it! 

Instead within that time you could:

  • FLY TO THE MOON AND BACK 32 TIMES
  • WALK THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA 3.5 TIMES
  • CLIMB MOUNT EVEREST 32 TIMES

#takebacktuesday - the VITAL Challenge

If you feel like you need a social media detox - take back control and join our New Year Challenge.

Once a week on a Tuesday, switch off ALL of your social media and do something much more beneficial instead. Take time with family and friends - in real life. You will find it a lot more rewarding! Play a board game. Go for a walk. Take pen to paper and write a letter to someone. Make something, build something - the list is endless. 

You decide the number of weeks you want to do. All you need to do is sign up here and help our movement through #takebacktuesday

The truth behind the figures 

With 83% of us owning a smart phone - we literally have the world at our fingertips. Many of us find ourselves on autopilot, not even aware we have picked up our phones until we start messaging. It has become an addiction that takes us away from the important things in life and living in the moment.

When we awake, the first thing many of us do is check our phone. Then again and again throughout the day, up until we go to sleep. We are skipping chunks of our lives, attached to technology that denies us from being present in the moment with 'actual' people who mean the world to us. Instead we are living in a virtual world with many people, we barely know. Friendships are not made in this artificial environment, they are made through spending time with one another. Showing that you care. 

The impact of social media on an individual’s mental health can be incredibly negative, leading to issues such as: 

  • Bullying
  • Fear of missing out (FOMO)
  • Striving for social acceptance
  • Comparing yourself to others
  • Pressure to always look and act your best. Not being who you really are.
  • Strain of living up to unrealistic expectations
  • Pressure to conform 
  • Mistakes, rumours and lies spread instantly
  • Personal issues being broadcasted without consent
  • Arguments/breakdowns of communication, friendships and working relationships  

The above are all bad enough but can manifest into 

  • Anxiety
  • Isolation/Loneliness
  • Emotional trauma
  • Suicidal thoughts 
  • Self-harm
  • Behavioural changes eg: aggression & mood swings  
  • Stress
  • Often feeling ill
  • Low self esteem
  • Lack of self confidence
  • Low self-worth

The #takebacktuesday challenge aims to:

  • help people see the benefits of not relying on social media
  • break the auto pilot routine, helping people become more mindful of screen time
  • to support people in looking for healthier alternatives to support their mental health & deviate from the negative pattern of use
  • help people to take the first step in removing their reliance on social media

Good luck with your challenge!! 

The Team at VITAL 

* Figures care of Social Media Today