How many hours did you spend yesterday on social media? One, two, three or more?
Well, you’re not alone. I think it’s fair to say that most people in the young generation today are addicted to social media.
You know how it starts. First, you just log in to “see what’s happening” just to find yourself scrolling down, liking stuff for no reason, and doing all of this for four hours straight.
Next thing you know, four hours have passed and you didn’t do anything useful.
Sounds familiar? You’d probably say yes.
Do you see how this is a problem? If we just assume that you only spend 3 hours a day on social media, that equals to 1095 hours in a year, which means that you have spent 45 days of your life, in just one year, on social media.
In other words, you’re spending 12% of your entire year on social media.
Do you see now? That’s a HUGE amount of time.
So, how do you stop being addicted to social media? Here’s what to do.
1. Use one platform only
The first thing you need to do is to choose just one network. I’m sure you’re using multiple accounts right now. You need to stop that.
Using multiple platforms will make you feel overwhelmed with too much information, so you can’t keep up with all of your accounts at the same time.
You waste too much time on each platform, and you’re bombarded with way too much information.
So the first thing I advise you to do is to keep just one account on one platform, delete all others.
To do : use one platform, and delete all of your other accounts.
2. Follow less stuff
You know how social media works. The more people/pages you follow, the more content you’ll get on your feed, which will make you want to stay for longer there, and become eventually addicted.
So what you want to do is to follow just the strict minimum of pages/people on your chosen platform.
How exactly? I think 10 might be a good number.
That way, you’ll get organized content, that’s not too overwhelming, and something that you can absorb without feeling like your head is going to explode from too much distraction.
To do : Follow just 10 sources that interest you.
3. Monitor the time you spend on social media
If you browse social media without really knowing why you’re doing it, you’ll spend hours there without even noticing.
What you should do instead is use an app if you’re using your phone, or a browser extension on PC to control the time you’re spending there.
There are a lot of options to choose from. Some apps will let you choose the time you attribute to social media usage every day, so when you exceed that time frame, you’ll automatically be incapable of using it again.
For example, if you configure the app to give you one hour of social media usage every day, you’ll be able to use it for just one hour every day. No more.
So look for the app that suits you best, download it and you’re set.
To do : get an app or browser extension to limit your time on social media.
4. Deactivate your internet connection when you’re going out
My friend used to do this a lot. We would go out, walk a little bit outside, and then the moment we would sit down, he would take his phone out, log in to fb, and start scrolling down.
Of course, you may imagine my reaction to that. It’s like he wasn’t there at all, and it’s also quite rude to do this when you’re with someone.
It’s simple : Don’t use your phone when you’re out. I know you’ve heard it before, but when you’re using your phone when you’re out, you won’t even remember how the time passed you by while you were scrolling.
Think about it. Haven’t you noticed that when you’re using your phone when you’re out, and then you come home, that you don’t even remember what happened?
It’s like you weren’t there at all.
To do : stop using your phone when you’re out.
5. Find a meaning to your life
This is the core issue. If you’re using social media too much, this means that your life is empty and that you haven’t figured out what you want to do with it yet.
That’s the real problem.
I recommend you watch this video to get a clearer picture. This is a much deeper topic that I can’t cover here.
To do : find meaning to your life.
That's how you can stop your social media addiction for good. If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to tell me. I will reply.
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