fbpx Skip to main content

In an era where our average screen time could easily rival the hours we sleep, it’s no surprise that the words “Facebook” and “Instagram is down” can send a wave of panic through our veins. But let’s pause for a moment—should this really be causing us anxiety? Spoiler alert: It’s more common than you think, and yes, it’s okay to feel that way.

Our dependence on social media like Facebook and Instagram and the constant stimuli they provide has become so ingrained in our daily routines that the mere thought of disconnecting, even momentarily, can feel unsettling.

Facebook and Instagram had an Outage. Is it OK for Me to Feel Anxious About It?

Ever felt lost without your social feeds? You’re not alone. Here’s Jake, pondering over the unexpected calm (or chaos) brought on by today’s social media blackout.

This isn’t helped by a culture that often equates being busy with being successful or fulfilled, cultivating an environment where not having anything to do can bring up discomfort or even anxiety.

The impact of average screen time on mental health is becoming increasingly apparent. Studies are beginning to show that continuous consumption of social media like Facebook and instagram can exacerbate feelings of anxiety and depression. In contrast, disconnected time—periods without digital stimulus—is critical to improving our quality of perception and strengthening our sense of self. It allows us to process thoughts and emotions more authentically, fostering a deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us.

So why is disconnected time so crucial? Primarily because a digital detox opposes the very nature of continuous social media engagement, which often leads to comparisons, dissatisfaction, and a distorted sense of reality—all contributors to poor mental health. By valuing quality online and offline interactions, we can start building a healthier relationship with technology.

For those experiencing anxiety or any dual diagnosis disorders when faced with downtime or a social media outage, it’s essential not only to recognize these feelings but also to see them as signals for potential areas of growth. Transitioning from mindless scrolling to mindfulness might seem daunting at first. Still, simple steps such as beginning meditation practices or dedicating specific times for deep focus without devices can mark the start of your journey towards balanced well-being.

Meditation doesn’t require hours of silence; even short periods can profoundly affect your mental state. Starting with just five minutes daily focusing on your breath or practicing guided meditations available through apps can help shift your relationship with digital distractions. Equally important is nurturing quality interaction—engaging genuinely without the veil of screens when possible fosters genuine connection and reduces feelings of isolation.

For those struggling significantly in the isolation and silence left behind by their device’s screen, reaching out for professional help is pivotal. Facilities like La Jolla Recovery not only offer support but also tailor approaches that address both technology-induced anxieties and any underlying dual-diagnosis disorders. Seeking help is a sign of strength; embracing your mental health is the first step toward genuinely enriching life experiences beyond the screen.

In moments when Facebook or Instagram goes dark again (and they will), remember this: it’s an opportunity—a nudge towards reevaluating our dependence on digital validation and rediscovering fulfillment in life’s more superficial aspects. So next time those platforms nap, perhaps instead of spiraling into panic mode, take a deep breath…and relish in the unplugged silence. Who knows what discoveries about ourselves await in those quiet spaces?

By Jace A.

Close Menu