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I quit: more people resolve to give up social media than smoking in 2017

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We are well versed in the negative side effects of social media, with psychologists frequently citing envy, unhappiness and depression as the resulting impact of regularly logging into platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

So it perhaps comes as no surprise to learn that more people are heralding the arrival of 2017 with the resolution to go cold turkey on their accounts than they are to quit smoking.

According to the results of a new survey conducted by online local services marketplace Bidvine.com, one in 10 people plan to quit social media this year, while just 8% are hoping to stop smoking.

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The survey, which quizzed 1,578 people in the UK about their New Year’s Resolutions, found 11% of people had vowed to stop scrolling through their social media feeds, a 3% increase on those who had pledged to give up smoking.

And although the health benefits of giving up smoking might be more immediately apparent, the impact of social media on our mental health is hard to ignore.

A new US-based study published last month found those who use seven to 10 social media platforms were three times more likely to be depressed or anxious than those who use only two, and with the raft of platforms available, it is easy to get sucked into a cycle of social comparison.


Read more: Consciously uncoupling from social media


And if you need inspiration for your own social media detox, look no further than the experiment conducted by Stylist’s Head of Publishing Operations, Jamie Klingler, who went cold turkey on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for two weeks last January.

While she has since returned to the platforms, she left the experiment vowing to “enjoy the people I am in front of when I am in front of them”: a resolution we can all get on board with.

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