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Social Media Detox: How an “Addict Netizen” Battles with His Addiction

Nowadays, there are many people, especially the millennials, that are really hooked and obsessed with social media. More often than not, this very common BUT often neglected kind of addiction is not based on a formal clinical diagnosis. However, it is fair to say that millions of people spend far too much time on social media and may at the very least describe themselves as being “obsessed”, if not addicted.

On an average, most people spend half of their day tapping away at their hand-held devices. Either, surfing the net or checking notifications. Facebook ranks the highest in all social networking platforms, followed by Twitter, Instagram and so forth.

The Psychology of Social Media Addiction

Research shows that people devote around 30–40% of all speech to talking about themselves. But over social media, these numbers increase to about 80% of posts. And the reason for this is because socializing in person demands more emotional and physical contribution.

Social media is addictive — no questions asked — which is why so many people are “hooked”. Hence, in recent years the mental health community has become increasingly interested in the impact that modern technology has on our lives – both positive and negative.

This proves that the Internet has become the backbone of society in most countries. As the number of “digitally native” users grow, marketers and advertisers seek to get noticed by social media users that love to network.

Having this in mind, we understand how eager the netizens are in dealing with this kind of social dependence. So, we pulled off the following activities that you can try on your own without needing to spend much or go out of your way.

Remedies for Social Media Addiction

Learn how to disconnect.

If you’re feeling burnt out by overexposure to social media, and perhaps to the internet in general, designate time to completely unplug. Maybe it’s for a few hours before bed each night, or maybe it’s during the morning when you don’t have to work online. Remember that excessive use of social media can be really dangerous to our health.

Enrich your real relationships.

Are you proud of your “friend” count on Facebook? Do you get a thrill when you see that you’ve got a new follower on Twitter? Maybe it’s cool to have many friends or followers on social media by today’s modern definition, but you know what’s really cool? Having real friends with whom you can hang out and share your good and bad times, or having people who really follow your advice and ideas.

Social media detox is really the key.

By doing the following simple yet effective ways, you can eventually kick the habit and get rid of such virtual dependence on social media.

  • Turn off mobile notifications and unsubscribe from alerts.
  • Buy a “real” alarm clock. As such, you won’t need to put your mobile phone at night.
  • Logout from social media accounts and disable auto-logins. This will require you to exert more effort signing in than just do it in one tap or click.
  • Unfollow pages or leave social groups that have nothing to do with you personally and professionally. This can free up some space on your newsfeeds and ‘cut some guilty pleasures’.
  • Don’t bring your electronics (mobile phones, tablets, and laptops) to the dining table. Meal times should serve to bond with your family and folks.

Make your “likes” count.

Social media has become a speedy way to get information and explore content created by some of the most brilliant minds of our time. Try changing the way you consume your news feed by being mindful of what type of posts you like, comment on and share and also which pages you like and follow – use those buttons responsibly and make them count.

Likewise, turn off all game notifications and hide them from your home feed. You can thus tweak your feed in such a way that you’ll wake up to incredible photos from a provocative artist or an inspiring story about a worthy cause instead of mindless memes and late-night party pics.

The Verdict: Too much of anything is bad.

Sociologists and psychologists have also been exploring the effect of social networking on real-world relationships. Marriages, family relations, and friendships have said to be compromised due to excessive use of social media- or inappropriate use.

People with friends live longer and get sick less. Social media is a platform that must be monitored and advanced in ways that would benefit relationships, rather than destroy them. Let us make use of this innovation as a means to improve ourselves and one’s life.

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