The arrival of our digital age has made us dependent on digital media, especially social media. There may hardly be a day that we spend without looking at our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. We may find ourselves starting and ending our days logging on to catch up with our friends, check the news, or even find out about the latest trends.

However, we have to be cautious that if ever we start revolving our lives around social media platforms in ever-increasing volumes, it may become detrimental to our overall health. Our social life can be affected as we’d rather be at home talking online than to mingle with friends and family. If this is the case, we may be experiencing social media addiction.

If you think you or someone you know has this, here are some critical tips on how to overcome social media addiction:

1.Turn off your notifications: It’s effortless to be tempted to open any social media account the moment you know your friends commented on your profile pictures. Of course, you want to respond immediately. However, if to remove your social media addiction, this habit has to go.

2 Limit yourself to social media: With this one, you have the liberty to set how long you’re going to spend time on social media, but the gravity of your addiction can be a deciding factor.

  • Say, for example, if you think your addiction is dangerous already, you can try spending three hours a day and gradually decrease the hours as you go along. You could either use your phone’s time or a clock and the timer starts once you tap on your social media app on your smartphone.
  • Don’t debate with yourself of going above the timeframe just because you and your friends started an interesting group chat. Instead, stick to what your plan and keep in mind the benefits of what you’re doing.

3. Get yourself a new hobby: The reason why you’re always on your social media is probably that you don’t have anything else to do and being active online is the most convenient way for you to spend your time (or to get out from boredom).

  • For you to keep your mind off of how many followers you’ve earned for the day, why not try out a new a hobby? You can start doing DIY crafts or practice baking, for instance.
  • Once you decide to have a hobby, you’ll not only stray away from using too much of your social media accounts, but you might also discover talents which you thought you never had!

4. Leave your phone at home: Sure, you always say “yes” whenever your friend invites you to a party, but you still end up in the corner of the room, checking your social media account rather than socialising with other people who are present there. Unfortunately, this may be indicative of our dependence on social media. For you to avoid being in this kind of situation, leave your phone at home whenever you’re going out. In this way, it’ll be easier for you to resist the temptation of opening your social media accounts because you don’t have a convenient resource to do that. You’ll also be focused on spending time with the people dear to you.

Overcoming your social media addiction can be very challenging, especially if you’re already accustomed to doing it. Changing something you’re used to doing is easier said than done, but it can be achieved over time. The tips presented in this article can gradually help you attain your goal but if you feel like you need a more professional approach to the problem at hand, don’t hesitate to look for organisations which offer this kind of service. Life Resolutions has trained psychologists who can give you help with your social media addiction.

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