Today, I was fortunate enough to make a guest appearance on BMore Lifestyle to discuss the benefits of a social media detox. In case you missed it, the questions that were asked are below. Thanks to Chardelle Moore and Christina Denny for having me!

We also sat down with social media expert Romona Foster, who gave us some insight into why it’s beneficial to take a social media detox every once in a while. She recommends, if possible, to at least turn off your notifications and put the phone away before bedtime and while your sleeping so you’re not woken up my notifications. Plus, you’ll have more time to spend with loved ones and focusing on yourself and your goals. Thank you so much Romona! Learn more online:

As mentioned above, here are the social media detox interview questions:

  1. Would you suggest people do a social media detox — and why or why not?  Yes, I would absolutely recommend a social media detox. Even as a social media trainer, I would recommend everyone step away for a social media detox from time to time to clear their minds, to set some new goals or to focus on some things they may have been neglecting.

  2. What would a social media detox look like or how would one go about doing a social media detox?  Some recommendations for detoxing from social media would be: turn off your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram notifications as these can serve as distractions or turn your mobile phone off at bedtime (get a home phone, if you don’t have one, and use it in case of emergencies).

  3. How long should a social media detox last? The length of time for a social media detox would depend on the individual. Since my target audience is small business owners, many of them depend on social media to get the word out about their businesses. Their detox may be that they only check their social media accounts once a day instead of constantly throughout the day.  Other individuals could try a social media detox for a full day, week or even do a 30-day detox.

  4. What are some benefits people can experience by detoxing from social media? Benefits of a social media detox include your being able to spend more time with your family or focusing on something you need to get done that you’ve fallen behind on. One thing I’ve decided to do this year is to create a dream board and focus on setting some new goals.  I plan on staying away from social media as I do this.

  5. Would you suggest people ease into a detox or go cold-turkey? I believe some will be able to go cold-turkey however, others may need to ease into the detox. So again, it would all depend on the individual and what they do. A small business owner may need to ease into it if their social media use is business-related. If you are a social media manager like myself, you will need to plan out your schedule carefully. The small business owner or social media manager always have the option of scheduling their posts with the various social media management tools.

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Author: Romona Foster

Romona Foster is the Social Media Trainer and Consultant at Social Media How To’s with Romona. Romona teaches small businesses and nonprofits how to use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Google My Business — and the best practices of Email Marketing, Online Marketing, Affiliate Marketing, and Personal Branding. She is a featured contributor with Business2Community and is a Constant Contact Community blogger.