How to Stop Wasting Time on Social Media

DESCRIPTION: Are you facing a problem regarding spending too much time on social media platforms? Do not know how to reduce the time spent? Read our article and help yourself!

Since we live in the Internet era and the time of technology perks, smartphones are an inevitable part of our daily lives. We spend too much time on phones which, confirms the latest feature on iPhone devices that monitors the exact time that we spend on social media channels. While we want to stay connected with our friends and family through the use of popular social media channels, we are not aware at the same time that we are actually developing an addiction to these features and generally our smartphones. Various researches confirmed that we engage in multiple activities in which we perform through our phones, but generally, we also have a problem with the excessive use, especially when we involve Facebook or Instagram. So if you are facing the same problem and would like to reduce the time you spend on social media, read on.

Go outside for a walk

Simply leave your house much more often and go public! You can even notify your friends that you are going to “off-line” mode for a while, so you could literally take a break from the virtual world. Going out for a walk is the best way to start since you will invest in your physical activity, you will not tap your phone, and you will have to hang outside with friends if you bump into them. This may sound harsh, but this is the first step in the healing process, as you must get used to walking without your phone or headphones plugged in. While you are walking, you are disconnecting from the network, and you are exercising, which is great for your body and health so you are killing two birds with one stone!

Resist tapping your phone

Any kind of temptation is hard to resist, but you simply must limit yourself to a couple of hours a day of tapping! Every time you think of tapping your phone, change your thoughts and do not tap it. This may look like a kind of “drug withdrawal” but it is one of the most efficient techniques that you must practice. Just do not do it when you hear the notification – if it is something urgent, they will probably call you instead of sending you a message! In order to resist checking your phone, you can limit yourself to two or three sessions when you review all the notifications, answer your buddies, and reply to messages. 

Of course, if you are a business owner, this might be a little harder to do, as you need to be online for a significant amount of time and reply to messages. Tutoring websites could do the job for you if you hire them for writing emails and/or subscription letters, but it is all about will power. Still, you can organize your time well and make a plan, so you do not touch your phone all the time. For this reason, it may not be a bad idea to delete private social media channels or use them on an alternative/personal phone. This will greatly reduce the time you spend online, and you will have more time to engage with the business. 

Do not leave the phone on the table

The number one rule for all members of “want to reduce time on social media” group! Whenever you think of placing a phone on the table, reject the thought, and leave it in your pocket. Some restaurants also included the rule that guests who leave their phones at the reception desk, they can receive a discount. This helps you a lot, as the phone will distract you and will tempt you to scroll just to kill some time before the meal is ready. Once you implement this rule and start respecting it, you will try to convince other people in your group to do so.

Remove social media apps

Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media outlets are really cool and can be of great use for some users. However, the biggest problem is that some people simply cannot resist scrolling and look at posts on these platforms, so the only way to reduce the time is to delete the apps from the phone. You can temporarily disable accounts, or simply delete them from phones so you don’t get distracted. This will definitely give you more peace of mind as you will not think about these since you deleted them. Sometimes this is the best solution, especially those who do not know how to say “Stop”! 

Involve yourself romantically

If you have a girlfriend/boyfriend, it is very likely that you do not spend a lot of time on these channels. Still, if you do not have, you could think of finding someone so your time on social media could be turned into a romantic relationship full of memorable moments. Instead of scrolling, you could spend a lovely evening with your partner and enjoy a much better time. A study showed that a happy relationship, where both a woman and a man are equally content, contains very little time that is spent on social media networks. Why should you go online, when you can be offline and enjoy a romantic dinner, a movie, and cuddling in your bed?

Spend time doing something more meaningful 

Instead of looking at the pictures of abandoned dogs, you could do some volunteer work at a dog shelter, or you can help the poor and ill children. This is something that contributes to society while it fulfills you and your feelings at the same time. The virtual online world really limits you and locks you in the frames of sorrow, happiness, and madness where you cannot do anything. Therefore, do something in the real world, something that contributes to and boosts the whole society.

Avoid phones as much as possible

If someone calls you, answer the phone, but if someone texts you, give him/her a call instead of sending an SMS or WhatsApp messages. In this way, you avoid the phone as much as you can. Also, when you are waiting for the bus, instead of scrolling through your favorite news portal, you can buy actual newspapers and read it! Avoid holding your phone and try not to watch the time on it. Instead, buy a watch and wear it all the time.

Ask for professional advice

If you are still struggling with the concept, you may seek professional help as the problem of social media, and generally, the smartphones found its place in clinical psychiatry. Everything is good until it becomes a real problem that ruins your social life. At this point, you are facing a serious problem that you must solve as soon as possible. It is not a shame to ask for professional help if you cannot cope on your own. It is rather a shame to let something that is virtual to ruin your life and health!

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