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Why I Decided I Needed a Detox

I am, I would say a fairly normal teenager/young adult. And so, that means that I spend a hideous amount of time on my phone, or specifically social media.

I cannot pretend otherwise. I cannot defend myself. Despite my use of app limits and screen time I religiously press the 'ignore' button when the time up message flashes onto my screen. 15 minutes more won't hurt, I think to myself as 4am rolls around.

The ugly truth of the matter is that it does.

It's easy to get sucked into your phone and the online world when stuck at home with little to do. You can't see friends and family and so online becomes the only way to contact them and stay tethered to something that exists outside the four walls of your home. But slowly, insidiously you aren't just using your phone to WhatsApp your gran, or FaceTime your friends. Slowly you ignore the messages on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook because you just don't want to be bothered by the outside world. Looking up TikToks…

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