Social media has become an inseparable part of our life. It has both good and bad like anything else. You can get very engaged communities in groups and can find your old friends. But if you think that your life revolves around social media, stop and introspect your habits.
Social media addiction is a Psychological addiction which is not like substance addiction which is dealt with by weaning slowly. Rather it should be taken care of more Psychologically in cold turkey ways.
What is social media detox?
It is conscious elimination or cessation of social media use for a limited period of time to give yourself a break from overuse of social media. It depends on you for how much time do you want to stop using social media.
This can be done by stopping the social media use for one day, weekends or for a specific time or for more days. Some people need more time to take complete control of this addiction while some may recover early.
Try this, and I am sure you will not regret it.
There are two ways to do this
- Wean from social media gradually
- Total detox by deleting all the apps and deactivating your accounts cold turkey
Why you want a social media detox?
How much time do you spend on social media? It is said that 72% of adults use social media and the average user spend around 23 hours /week on social media platforms. This is a big chunk of time.
Remember how people used to spend their time when there were no social media platforms? There were more social interactions (yes social without media). People talked in person. They sent letters to each other. Human interaction has changed totally.
These few things can limit your use of social media.
1. Turn off notifications and set boundaries
This one has worked for me. I always keep the notifications turned off otherwise I will pick up my phone on every beep and sound. Facebook, Instagram has changed the way of human interaction.
This is both good and bad. I have found many friends through Facebook. Instead of checking social media sites at each beep, make it a habit to check when you want.
Keeping notifications turned off can help you keep away from social media. Moreover, this gives you control in your own hands, or you are on the mercy of notifications.
2. Keep your phone away
Out of sight is out of mind goes very well with the phones too. Keep it at some unreachable place instead of your pocket. Younger generations are always glued to phones and it is so difficult for them to control these habits.
Keeping phones away is such a difficult task for them. If you think that you are also in this boat, pay attention to your habit. Try to take breaks by keeping your phone away. Especially when you are talking to your loved ones, try to sit without phones.
This one has worked very well for me. I have to keep my phone hidden somewhere due to my daughter. Otherwise, she always gets distracted by the phone. It is a good idea to keep the phone out of her sight which is good for me also.
3. Keep specific times for checking social media
If you want to limit social media use, keep a specific time and check everything during that time only. This will help you stay organised and you don’t have to totally abstain from social media. This can be like intermittent fasting.
But if you feel like your addiction is taking a toll on quality of life, more drastic actions will be needed.
4. Use some time blocking for using social media
Try using social blocking sites which can block the social media sites for the blocked time period. Also, enable “locked mode” so that how desperate you will feel, it will not allow you to open social media sites.
You can check some apps to block time for social media here
Steps for total Social Media Detox
If you feel, nothing is working and you cannot control the urge to check social media sites, take some drastic steps and stop using t cold turkey.
5. Remove all the social media apps from your phone
This is also another way to reduce your time on social media. If you will delete all the apps, you have to log in to check the status. If this doesn’t work, change the passwords of the soal media sites and forget about it.
6. If nothing works, delete all the social media accounts
If you cannot keep your social media urge under check, deactivate your accounts and tell your friends about that. Let them know that you are on a social media detox to control the addiction.
They may or may not understand this but let them know. Otherwise, you may get asked why you are not active on social media accounts.
Benefits of social media detox
Social media detox can be beneficial to you in many ways. You will have more time, better headspace, better relationships and many more benefits.
A clear mind and more headspace
The very first thing you will notice is you will have more headspace. Your mind is not jaded by continuous social media feed. Instead, you are free to think about something important. Initially, you may feel it to be overwhelming because you are no getting updates on the lives of your friends.
But gradually, you will start enjoying the newfound Psychological freedom
You will be free to think about your present and future.
Of course, you will have more time on your side to do better things. I stopped using Facebook a few years back and now, opening my Facebook account is a huge task which I avoid on any cost.
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