Salik Waquas/New Delhi: Addiction to social media networks is an urgent problem that is becoming bigger every day but often goes unnoticed. What begins with seemingly harmless socialization in the online space, can turn into an addiction with dire consequences.
And if you have discovered that you have become a victim of it, then it's time to think about changing your habits and life for the better. Of course, addiction to social media cannot harm your health in the traditional sense such as alcohol, tobacco, or drugs; but it can cause irreparable damage to your psyche and life in general.
We have deduced three main tips that will help in the fight against this addiction of the 21st century.
Tip #1: Take a break and give up social networking for a month
Numerous studies confirm that it takes an average of 21 days for a person to form an addiction. But there is no definite answer to the question how long it takes to get rid of a bad habit. That's why we recommend taking a break from all social media for at least 30 days. No, we're not talking about deleting accounts. Just temporarily disable them and log out of your accounts from all your devices.
This technique may seem pretty harsh, but it will reprogram your brain. Yes, during the first week you may experience withdrawal symptoms or, put more simply, a desperation to join back FB/Twitter or Instagram again. Afterwards, though, you will learn to appreciate your surroundings more. Spend time with family and friends, find a new hobby, read a book, or enjoy the newfound peace. You'll be surprised how beautiful life is without Instagram filters.
Tip #2: Limit your social media access to one device
When you return to social media in a month, we recommend limiting your use to one device. What does that mean? It means that you will only be able to access social media from one device, such as a personal smartphone or tablet. You will automatically spend less time online than before because you couldn't open a new tab without spending at least a minute checking your Facebook. You won't be distracted at work and feel consumed by social media.
Tip #3: Set yourself a time on social media
Yes, just choose an appropriate time to be on social media. This can either be a set time, such as 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekdays, or every day at lunchtime, or after your kids go to sleep. Otherwise, if you allow yourself unlimited access to social media, you'll always find excuses to go online. It will start with the phrase "yes I'll just go in quickly to check for new messages and then go back to work" and end with an hour later you are still flipping through the feed and watching videos with cute kitties.
Remember, though, that it's important not to check social media before work or bedtime because even after logging out of your account for another hour, your head will be filled with unnecessary information. Don't let social media interfere with your productivity at work and a good night's sleep.