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Ways to Combat Social Media Addiction

In the digital ages and times, it seems as though everyone is expected to be connected to the internet in some way. Whether your friends expect an instant reply to their text or Facebook message, or your boss expects you to constantly be checking your email, every depends on the internet and social media for communicating. We’ve become obsessed with seeing into the lives of others via social media that we forget to live our own. And as studies begin to examine the effects of staring too long at digital screens, it’s important to take time to step but from the digital world and enjoy reality.

If you’re in need of a social media cleanse, continue clicking to check out ways to detox your digital life and combat social media addiction.

 

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Delete The App

Sometime simply logging out isn’t enough: delete the application from your life for a while so you’re not tempted to log on and see what drama has ensued on your timeline while you were gone. If you'd rather not delete it, have a friend change your log-in information for you.

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Unfollow Drama

Unfollow the people who are always starting internet drama with or others. Clearly they use the internet to troll, so if you don’t see their posts, you won’t be inclined to make subliminal posts about them. Make sure you block people who start drama with you, so they can’t continue to troll.

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Bring Birthdays Back

It’s almost embarrassing, but the way most people remember birthdays now is through social media. Go through and plug all the birthdays into your Google calendar, so you can remember to get someone an actual card (remember those?) or give them a call instead of simply posting on their wall.

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Replace Social Media With News Apps

Alot of people claim they use social media for news, Though when you’re trying to be logged on less, download news applications. Anytime you get the urge to be on your phone, you’ll have endless news and important information to consume, instead of the minute updates of your friends life.

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Communicate Face to Face

It’s much nicer to go out to Happy Hour or dinner with a friend then going back and forth in each other’s mentions or texts. If you live close, make a time to actually spend physical time with a friend, or now is great time to make a special trip to see them. If distance simply won’t allow you all to meet face to face, try talking on the phone for an hour instead of sending texts.

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Make Rules
Maybe only allow yourself to be on social media for half an hour each night, or only on the weekends- and stick to that rule! If your job or profession requires you to be on social media, get specific tweets or updates sent to your email. This way, you don’t lose yourself for hours clicking links and scrolling through timelines.

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Turn Digital Life to Real Life

If you’ve met a new friend via social media, try linking up with them in reality (in a safe and public space of course). Opt for getting a drink or lunch, or invite them to event. If you spend lots of time repinning posts of Pinterest, try actual making a recipe you saw, or doing a craft you thought was interesting. Try to make you the things you do in digital spaces actual happen in your active life!

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Be Active

Join a yoga class, visit a museum, watch a complete series of a show you've been wanting to see, go shopping, go on a hike, go to Starbucks and read a book .... Do things that make you get away from your computer or phone. There are things to do when you're bored  and need to occupy your timebesides scrolling through social media.

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The recent release is the lead single for her forthcoming EP expected to be released next year. Formerly a member of the pop group The Pussycat Dolls, Thornton has shown off her singing chops over the years through the group's most popular tracks like "Buttons," "I Don't Need A Man" and her 2012 solo project, POYBL. With "Love Will Return," Thornton pays homage to inspirations like Eartha Kitt and her Arizona roots. Co-producing the track with Eric Zayne, the singer shared with VIBE how cinematic the creative process was.

“The entire evolution of the song was magic,” she explained. “There’s just something spiritual about it. It moves me in a way like no other song I’ve written before.” The track is a strong introduction to her vocal abilities that appeared to be gravely overlooked during her PCD days.

Last week, The Pussycat Dolls reunited without Thornton, leaving many wondering why. "What I want for myself and for my bandmates are for them is to really enjoy their lives," she told Chart Show TV in January when rumors began to surface of a possible reunion. "When I was in the group, I was a kid...I'm primarily a vocalist. Nicole had been signed twice so it only made sense for her to sing the majority of the leads. But then, I kept being asked to wait my turn and it never came– and we only released two albums. So it's this mistaken identity that I've kind of had to unravel. For me, there's really nothing to go back to."

The ladies are all on good terms with Thornton as Nicole Sherzinger and the rest of the ladies wished her well wishes on her solo endeavors. "It just didn't align [with] where she is in her life right now," Sherzinger said. "She's doing a lot and doing her own music and we totally respect and understand and support her."

Nonetheless, we're thrilled about Thornton's new journey.

Listen to "Love Will Return" below.

 

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Simone also opened up about her doubts but continued to have faith in meeting her goal. "I had one more day to meet my goal and I started thinking, 'Maybe you aimed too high! Let’s just do a 100k$ goal for December.'  THAT WAS THE ENEMY y’all !!! When I woke up this is what happened... I do none of this alone I keep God-fearing people around me who love me, believe in me and see my vision. Thank you to my manager, my team, all of you and God. None of this is about money it’s all about walking in your purpose and changing the world around you to a more comfortable better place."

 

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