Scroll free September – New campaign offering a break from social media

A new campaign to encourage us all to take a break from social media is set to launch this September. Here more about how you can get involved from Niamh McDade, Senior Policy and Communications Executive, the Royal Society for Public Health.

‘It’s the first thing I think about in the morning, the last thing at night and what gets me through the day. I don’t know what I would do without it.’

We hear you. Your relationship with social media is a beautiful thing – but is it starting to have a negative impact on other aspects of your life, and maybe even making you a little anti-social?

Scroll Free September offers you a unique opportunity to take a break from all personal social media accounts for 30 days and take back control of your, somewhat complicated, relationship. A good relationship is one of balance, and Scroll Free September is here to help you gain that – both on and offline.

Before you start tweeting your excuses, there are a range of different options to make your participation that bit easier. You can:

  1. Go cold turkey

Give up all personal social media accounts for 30 days. Looking for #inspo? Emma Stone, Jenifer Lawrence, Elton John and Simon Cowell are all scroll free.

  1. The Night Owl

If going cold turkey sounds a bit much, you can choose to take a break from social media at evenings after 6pm.

  1. The Social Butterfly

Why not try taking a break from social media at all social events – talk to your friends, listen to the music, eat your burger without worrying about the insta post – #connect.

  1. The Sleeping Dog

Find yourself going to bed at a reasonable time with the best intentions, then spending hours scrolling through your social media accounts? Is the first thing you do in the morning check your newsfeed? Give up social media in the bedroom and improve your sleep.

  1. The Busy Bee

Secretly scrolling your way through the working day? Give up social media in school, work or university and maximise your productivity.

Whichever plan you choose is up to you, but the more you disconnect with social media, the more you might get from it. You can still use it for work and of course, still, use your device for other purposes. Our hope is that by the end of the month you will be able to reflect back on what you missed, what you didn’t, and use that knowledge to build a healthier relationship with social media in the future.

Good luck!

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