I have mixed feelings about social media. More and more, it seems like an incredible time suck, filled with never-ending streams of inane cat videos and unasked for political opinions. Still, I’m as susceptible as anyone and often find myself mindlessly staring and swiping, liking and commenting, until I have a sudden moment of realization, drop my phone and slowly back away.

Every time I do make a conscious decision to unplug, whether for an hour or an entire weekend, it makes me wonder why I don’t make it a permanent thing. A little break from hateful commenters and catastrophic news and suddenly, the world doesn’t seem like such a terrible place. Then, inevitably, a work email comes through, I pick up my phone and sink back in.

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the editor-in-chief of BenefitsPRO Magazine and BenefitsPRO.com. He has covered the insurance industry for more than a decade, including stints at Retirement Advisor Magazine and ProducersWeb.

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