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Thinking about taking a break from social media? Here’s why you should give it a try.

The more social media you use, the less happy we are, research suggests.

So what happens when you log out of social media and detox?

We put a Cleveland woman to the challenge.

With thousands of followers on InstagramFacebookTwitter and Snapchat, Chef Anna Harouvis of Anna in the Raw fame is always on social media.

“I might have a little bit of a problem,” said Harouvis when asked about her constant social media use.

She’s been in the restaurant game for years, but her larger-than-life social media presence is what got her on Food Network shows like “Cutthroat Kitchen”.

Today you can catch her in the IMG Building, 1360 East 9th St., serving up healthy bites and her signature cold press juice detoxes.

She’s made such a name for herself in the juicing world some of her clients include the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees (but we won’t talk about that).

Her juices not only energize athletes, but leave her everyday clients feeling happier and healthier.

So what happens when we put the cold press juice detox queen on a social media detox?

She agreed to our experiment, but was already reluctant that she may be tempted to cheat.

“I totally said (to myself) I can’t cheat, but I’ve been thinking about it. But I’m not going to, because I need it,” said Harouvis.

We kept the rules simple: No social media for an entire week. That means no Facebook, no Twitter, no Snapchat, no Instagram – none of it.

Her only requirement was that she send in at least one video diary a day updating us on her progress.

Of course, she couldn’t help but post one final video to Snapchat before logging off.

“I’m so sad. Logging off social media for a week,” she said staring into the camera.

And then, the experiment started.

It didn’t take her long to send in her first video diary — just hours into the detox.

“I think this is hilarious. I’m shipping a professional sports team juices in a Frito-Lay container,” she said to the camera.

It was fun and laughs hours into the experiment, but by the end of the day Harouvis started to miss social media.

“I can’t believe how many times I pull out my phone to spy on people or just see what everybody’s up to,” she said.


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Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

First Picture Courtesy of Loic Venance and Getty Images

Second Picture Courtesy of Instagram and WOIO Cleveland 19 News

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