7 Bright And Easy Ideas To Reduce Social Media Consumption
And gain some useful habits along the way.
When did we turn into social media employees? I feel like we show up for our social media accounts more consistently that we show up for our direct responsibilities, such as cooking dinner or cleaning the house.
Because let's be honest here amongst friends. What would you choose? Unlimited social media scrolling session or house deep clean before winter holidays?
We might want to choose to clean the house, especially remembering the in-laws that are coming... but how many times have we opened an app 'just for a minute' staying there for a few hours? I am guilty as charged and my house is still waiting for that deep clean that I'll choose instead of scrolling social media accounts. Not.
It all started so well! The mighty Internet gave us an opportunity to watch other people's life without calling ourselves voyeurists. We can find fascinating and fun news, peer into rich and famous worlds at the mere click of a button.
Less scrolling, more living. – @crewandco
But this helpy-helper has turned into something that we actually depend on. It steals our time and turns us to semi-robots, constantly scrolling up and down the feed. Our behaviour is like Pavlov's dogs that salivated whenever they heard a bell. The bell indicated a reward - the immediate arrival of food. Don't we get as excited when the phone screen lights up, letting us know that someone somewhere has liked our post? We get even more enthusiastic if someone left a comment. And the world can stop turning when an influencer we are following has started a live chat.
Let's conquer this unhealthy dependency together. And maybe along the way let's turn this unhealthy habit into something useful!
First, we need to understand what social media is taking up most of our time. Our modern phones come with apps inbuilt that should be able to show you what back hole is munching your precious and invaluable time. My personal black hole is Facebook groups. I find them useful and informative. But quite often, I tend to forget why I opened them. Instead of finding what I was looking for and leaving, I start reading comment after comment, opening link after link. An hour later - am none the wiser, exhausted, puffy eyed and headachy. It does sound rather unhealthy, wouldn't you agree?
That's why I know that I need to conquer, defeat, or temporarily freeze this dependency. Well, at least until the winter holidays are over. Because I have so many things to do. I don't want to fail at them all only because there is yet another 'useful; comment on Facebook groups.
Today I choose Me. Not social media. – Tech Wellness
Social Media Detox
Hide Social Media Apps
Move social media apps to the last page of your phone. Make it challenging to get to your apps so that day by day the desire to open it every time you check time or text message from your love ones.
Disable all the notifications from social media apps. Notifications might give you a false feeling that we are busy, needed, in demand (circle the one that suits you). But in reality, they hijack your attention and focus on whatever you were doing.
Put Dedicated Social Media Time in Your Calendar
Give your social media accounts/apps a dedicated time. Put 15 minutes in the morning, evening, afternoon. Put the timer on to ensure you don’t go down the rabbit hole yet again, emerging a few hours later.
Introduce Social Media Free Days
Try going cold turkey for one day a week. It might sound harsh, but it could also be utterly liberating. Trying and achieving your goal, being able to not only survive but lead a good life without constantly checking your social media apps.
Don't Read Comments As Soon As They Appear
As with the point above, train yourself to check your social media only when you need to and not when a new comment or like appears. This should help you to break dependency from comments and likes.
Check Social Media On Desktop Only
Mobile phones are always with us. That's why the temptation to check social media is also always with us. Why don't you create a rule to only check your social media on the desktop? Because the chances are you only open it once a day to complete a more complex, mobile unfriendly task.
Put a Timer On
Whenever you check social media - put a timer on for 15 - 20 minutes to ensure you dive out of your free fall.
“Just as one goes on a fast or a body cleanse you owe it to yourselves to detox your mind, it will not be easy but easy never yielded lasting results.”― Aysha Taryam
Simple ideas, aren't they? And so reasonable. But don't be too harsh on yourself if you cannot achieve a complete social media detox. Aim to introduce one change at a time. And who knows, maybe one tiny change will lead to a new healthy relationship with your social media. I believe in you!
Make social media your friend and prosper!