Pretty much any addiction that becomes too strong is bad for you. We’re not here to downplay the benefits social media has in the lives of many, but there are plenty of reasons why you could consider such platforms annoying and redundant. You might have gotten enough of all those couples pretending to be happy, you might want more free expression, you might be sick of all those tons of selfies, and so on.
Social media is designed to be as addictive as possible, whether we’re talking about Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or others. Psychologists have a strong word to say in developing a social network’s offers, so there’s no wonder why so many people struggle with social media addictiveness. While in this previous article we’ve spoken about reasons to quit social media, today we’ll find out how to cure such an addiction:
Learn to get your information otherwise
There’s no denying that social networks are loaded with information of all kinds: about people, bands, institutions, public places, and so on. This is one of the reasons why social networks are so addictive. But there are countless other sources online from which you can gather data that is relevant to you. You can try forums, blogs, or numerous news publications. Options are endless, you just need the right motivation.
Meet people in real life
Social media grants you the illusion of being closer to people and know them better, but how many of us lie when we’re submitting a profile? People usually fill in how they view themselves, not how they really are. People often exaggerate their qualities, and they will feel the urge to do it at an even advanced level when they’re hiding behind a screen. Besides, getting to know a person without looking at a profile is a lot more thrilling and interesting. You can pay attention to their body language, their gestures, the way they speak, etc. They can write on their Facebook profile that they’re into Kant’s philosophy without ever reading any of his books, for instance. But by meeting them in real life, you can convince yourself easily about how smart they really are.
Find a hobby
Giving up an addiction becomes a lot more bearable once you find something else to do that you’ll love just as much. Think about what you like and go for that precise goal. You can also start to learn something, like a new language, a new field, and so on. You can further participate in general knowledge contests.
There are currently 3.81 billion people worldwide who are using at least one social media network. Those using the Internet, in general, are represented by 4.57 billion souls, and there’s no telling when and if the social media frenzy will ever end. People usually have 7.6 social media accounts, and the average daily time spent on social networks is 142 minutes per day.
The average adult from the US spends 38 minutes each day on Facebook. Those of the ages between 16 and 24 years old spend a median of 3 hours a day on social networks. For 2019, people spent an average of 2 hours and 22 minutes each day on social media.
Becoming aware that you don’t need social media addiction in your life is not an easy process – it can take weeks, months, or even years. It all depends on you, how you nurture that feeling, as well as the level of confidence you have. Once again, we want to point out that social media is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you use it for the right purposes.