Sounds like fun? The effects of social media addiction
What it means to live virtually
Going back to reality after social media
Noticing the bad habits
Who's using who?
How to take action against addition
- Try to work out what's feeding your obsession.
Are you lonely, bored, jealous of someone's amazing holiday or career success? Be honest about your reasons for checking social media sites and find substitutes for that behaviour, such as phoning
a friend or going for a walk.
- Set an intention any time you use a social media platform. For example, if you use Instagram for meal ideas, find what you're looking for, then log off. If you want to see what a friend has posted on Facebook, do so, then log off. It's about avoiding falling down the rabbit hole.
- Use a timer or app to help you regulate your usage or log you off when your time is up.
- Structure your work day accordingly. If social media is part of your job, create healthy boundaries by using it only at set times. Again, it's all about avoiding that mindless scrolling.
- Initiate a month-long digital detox. Think of it as a Marie Kondo-ing decluttering period, during which you take a break from all optional technology. When it's over, reintroduce only the platforms you really want, and do so on your terms.