Social media addiction is a serious problem and it’s not that surprising. Some of the smartest minds are working at top tech companies, purposely designing products to grab your attention and keep you on their platform which translates more revenue to them.
Addiction to social media can actually distract you from focusing on meaningful work. Therefore, if the following apply to you then you may be addicted to social media:-
- You’re preoccupied by social media
- You use it to reduce negative feelings
- You gradually use it to get the same pleasure from it
- You suffer distress if prohibited from using social media
- You cause harm to other life areas because of your social media use.
A lot of us are addicted to social media but fear not, I’ve got the antidote for it.
Here are ways in which you can cure your addiction and still use social media;
- Delete social media apps for only 1 day – Some people recommend a 30 day detox from social media but personally I wouldn’t recommend that. To successfully adopt behavior change you have to start small, otherwise you’re likely to cave in and fail on achieving your goals regressing back to your initial state. I recommend beginning this process by deleting Fb, Twitter, Instagram and any other apps you’re using from your phone for just one day. Doing this will set the bar lower enough that is easy and visible to achieve and it will also give you a taste of how it feels to be off social media.
- Refine your input – they say you’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most of the time with, but I say you’re the average of all your inputs. Now that you’ve taken a brief break from social media, come back to it with a very fresh perspective and the ability to determine what is actually bringing you value. Ruthlessly unsubscribe and unfollow accounts on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Fb, Reddit and any other sites that are distracting you and not bringing you value. Be aggressive and don’t worry, they’ll still be there incase you want to resubscribe.
- Reclaim your attention – you can do this by setting up your phone for maximum productivity and minimal distraction. One way of doing this is by disabling notifications for all social media apps.
- Implement systems to block future you – this is by activating/using screen time to limit the amount of time you can spend on social media and other destructive apps.
The hardest part in any behavior change is just starting. With this healthier approach you won’t only be effective and productive but you’ll also be happier and less stressed.
Yours truly : Everlyne Malimo
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