Have You Reached A Saturation Point with Social Media?
Do you have that frantic habit to keep checking your phone for a Social Media Update/Like/Comment? After opening the social media notification, judgemental thoughts arise in your tiny brain about the appearance, look or feel of the message or image. Today’s population has become highly addicted to this digital age phenomenon which has led to superficial and fake behaviour where the individual is losing itself.
For years we have been using social media successfully for networking. It connects us to the rest of the world with numerous possibilities, like giving us access to people and places like never before. Meeting that special someone often happens on such platforms but also being abused or experiencing online harassment at the same time is no different. Some may argue that it is having a positive effect on people where they are engaging and networking with other people. However, high use of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter etc has been linked to severe social dependence to be accepted and feeling wanted.
As of July, India has topped the active user count for Facebook in the world with 241 million users compared to the USA which has 240 million as reported by The Next Web. Now that is something to keep an eye on for sure! India is the fastest growing economy powerhouse in the world and social media platforms are banking on this opportunity.
A recent academic research carried out by the University of Copenhagen last December concluded that excessive Facebook or any other social media usage meant that your emotional well-being and satisfaction with life are negatively being impacted. This led to the provocation of jealousy and inadequacy due to ‘unrealistic social comparisons’. The same study also found that it can have a positive effect on social skills if used to connect, communicate and network with others rather than it being used passively to stalk and loiter.
Are you one of those people who wants to jump off this social media bandwagon with the most subtle effects in your daily lives? You are reading just the right thing!
Here some ways you can minimise your exposure to social media to help you buy more time for yourself! Possibly making it a New Year’s Resolution?
Remove that app!
Wow! While that sounds very daunting for some to do but this simple action can have great prospects. If this is not so easy to do then take some time out by making a temporary exit perhaps? Likes of Gigi Hadid, Justin Bieber and Kanye West have called it quits with social media then why can’t you? This can help clear your mind, buy you more time for your hobbies and interests. Most importantly give yourself some quality time which can be farfetched in our busy lives.
Go to Notifications and Turn Them Off!
Yes! You read it right. Getting constantly disturbed and disrupted by that buzzing and pinging with new likes, comments and friend requests need to stop. It is a huge distraction especially when you are studying or working on something important. The agreement that you make with yourself about cutting down your social media time is subjective. However, do yourself a favour and turn off the push notifications which will ensure that you are not lured into opening the social media app out of your nominated time.
Meet or Call a Friend
It never too late to visit or call your dear friend once in a while. Once your off social media it will feel like you are missing out on your friends. However, not even a decade ago we were perfectly maintaining friendships without social media. They were more healthy and fun! So go ahead text, call or meet your friend whatever suits you!
Delete the Apps you don’t Use
Apart from the giants like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, it is certain that you might be having additional social media apps on your smart devices! Give yourself a mini detox by deleting those apps which you hardly ever use and free up some memory on your phone for something else.
Read a book
When was the last time you read a book? When was the last time you had some time free from your beloved phone? Reading a book is the easiest escape from breaking away from the social media glare. The moment you miss your social media time, pick a book! Keep it handy and condition yourself to break away from the phone habit. If reading is not your thing, listen to music or podcasts, watch a sport as this will leave you feeling much refreshed, satisfied and content.
Bring in 2018 with some wise decisions by making New Year’s Resolution that matter. Don’t be harsh on yourselves but remember once you take control of your life you can periodically use social media apps but only in moderation. It is a personal decision but making time for yourself is the top most priority in this era.