In a tech-obsessed society where 500 million tweets are sent per day and 1.28 billion people use Facebook on a regular basis, how can you tell when your own love of “checking in” has gone too far?

Here are some of the most common signs that you should to sign off for a bit:

You make elaborate desserts and projects just to Instagram them.

Did you spend extra time making your salad look picture-perfect or recreate a DIY off Pinterest just to appear crafty? If you’re guilty of situations like these, you may be ready for a break.

You can’t rake the leaves or paint your nails without tweeting about it.

We all have that friend on social media who can’t help but share every single detail of her life. Unfortunately, you may also be that friend.

Composing tweets about what you’re doing as you’re doing it or feeling the need to report your thoughts in real-time are all signs that social media is taking over your life.

You know way too much about your connections.
The big warning sign to look out for here is when you start becoming compulsive about knowing the statuses of your social media friends. The irony of social media is that while it can be great for keeping up with the details of our friend’s lives, too much engagement can obscure the big picture and weaken our ability to make sense of our own lives.

You feel like you don’t measure up to your successful/happy/thriving friends.

Witnessing your friends’ promotions, engagements, and extravagant vacations can stir up feelings of jealousy and inadequacy, whether you realize it or not. In fact, spending too much time on social media can cause feelings of negative body image among women, increase the amount of anxiety a person has on a daily basis, and even lead to damaged friendships and relationships.

You feel anxious when you don’t have access to your phone.
The more you’re on social media, the less material you actually have to talk about that’s interesting and worth having other people hear. Think about it: How many conversations or real-life events have you missed out on because you were too wrapped up in your phone? The more time you spend liking, the less likable your own world ends up.

How To Take A Step Back

Start by setting aside a specific time every day for catching up on social media.

When you do post status updates, limit yourself to only discussing life stories, instead of off-the-cuff thoughts or irrelevant snapshots of your food or your dog (no matter how cute he may be).

Finally, experiment with temporarily limiting your access. Challenge yourself to abstain from social media for a full week, or, if that’s too daunting, just delete Twitter, Instagram and Facebook from your phone for a week.