Take part in ‘Scroll-free September’ – a campaign encouraging people to take a break from social media for 30 days
You might get fitter
UK adults spend an average of eight hours and 41 minutes per day on screens. Think of all the extra activities you could fit in if you gave up social media. Exercise boosts mental health, so stop scrolling and start strolling.
It may reduce the amount you eat
A study found that one in three people can’t eat a meal without scrolling, making us more likely to consume additional calories.
You feel happier and more relaxed
A recent study found that just a week without Facebook led to higher levels of happiness. Those who went cold turkey felt 55 per cent less stressed after seven days.
Your body confidence will improve
Without the constant stream of ‘perfect’ photos that fill your Instagram feed, you won’t constantly compare yourself with others.
You might sleep better
Pre-bedtime scrolling could be preventing you from sleeping soundly. The blue light emitted by your phone screen can disrupt production of melatonin, the sleep hormone.
It will help with FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)
If you’re not on Instagram, how will you possibly know about all of the #fun your friends are having? You won’t, meaning you can actually enjoy living your own life.
Your relationships may improve
You’ll have more time to spend on real-life friendships — these can be diluted when you connect with too many people at once.