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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.