5 Tips to Overcoming Social Media Addiction
Social media addiction is a growing problem in the world. People are spending more and more time on social networks like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. According to the latest social media addiction statistics from FameMass, the average person can spend up to 5 hours per day on social media! This blog article will teach you how to overcome your own social media addiction so you may return to enjoying life if you’re suffering from social media dependency.
Overcoming Social Media Addiction
Track Your Screen Time
One of the best ways to quit a bad habit is to track it. Keep a notebook and write down every site you visit on your computer or phone so that you can see how much time you spend online each day. You might be surprised by just how much screen time you have! Once you’re aware of the problem, then the next step will be easier for you because it’s impossible to change something if we don’t know about it in the first place.
Realize that there are only so many hours in the day, and you need to prioritize your life. You can’t keep up with everyone on social media all at once! Set limits for yourself when it comes to how much time you spend online each day or week. If you’re really addicted, then start small by limiting yourself to just 30 minutes a day before bedtime. That way, if things get crazy during the rest of your workday or family time without technology interfering too much, then this will be an easy limit to follow since you’ll have already gotten in some screen time beforehand.
Don’t Go Cold Turkey
It might sound surprising to say “don’t go cold turkey” but quitting any addiction is always better done gradually. Quitting social media cold turkey is easy to start out doing, but it can quickly turn into a slippery slope where you’re back online even more than before.
Take your time and slowly limit how much you use each platform by setting some rules for yourself that are realistic enough that they’ll actually stick, like only checking up on things once an hour or limiting the amount of time per day spent scrolling through Instagram feeds.
Don’t Get Trapped in the Feedback Loop
According to social media platforms—especially ones like Facebook and Twitter—are designed to encourage people to keep coming back as frequently as possible so they continue engaging with posts from their friends and family members (and brands). If all those notifications feel overwhelming when you first cut down on your usage, take a look at which apps send you the most alerts and turn those off first. Once that’s done, go through your other notifications (like texts or emails) and see if there are any updates from social media services that don’t provide as much value—in some cases we’ve seen people be able to completely cut out certain platforms without noticing too much of a difference in their daily lives.
Don’t Just “Hide” The Apps
If an app is installed on your phone, it can still suck up time even after you think you’ve removed it from view by going into the device settings. To truly delete an application, swipe left over its icon until a red “x” appears in the corner; tapping this will prompt iOS to ask you if you’re sure that want to delete the app.
In conclusion, social media addiction is a serious problem that may have a negative influence on your life in ways you never imagined. However, if you follow the advice outlined above, you should be able to significantly minimize the harmful effects of this behavior on your life.
About the Author
Chris Harris is a Senior Editor and Content Writer at Harkable.com