I have mixed feelings about social media. More and more, itseems like an incredible time suck, filled with never-endingstreams of inane cat videos and unasked for political opinions.Still, I'm as susceptible as anyone and often find myselfmindlessly staring and swiping, liking and commenting, until I havea sudden moment of realization, drop my phone and slowly backaway.

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

But for all the negatives, there are still plenty of benefits.Through social media, I've stayed in touch with old friends, metwonderful people around the world who I would have otherwise neverknown, and been introduced to books and films that have had aprofound effect on me.

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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.