Social Media is a platform used to network and connect with friends especially those far away from us. The number of social media users in Nigeria increased by 6.0 million (+22%) between 2020 and 2021.There’s no denying that social media has become a huge part of modern life and the appetite for its use, keeps growing. Applications like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are social media platforms that help us stay connected with loved ones, catch up on news/trends, & discover both beautiful destinations and inspiring people.
In spite of its advantages, you may discover that you spend hours on end, scrolling through various feeds on social media that can leave you feeling anxious, drained, or dissatisfied and wondering how the entire day went by so fast.
Here are some tips to consider for social media dieting to ensure it doesn’t become a burden:
Track your time online
The simplest way to ensure you are not wasting time is to monitor your time. Set a limit, and when the time is up, log out, regardless of what’s left. Wait for another day and time to continue.
- Log out
Take some time off from social media by connecting with the real world. Take a walk, stroll around, chat with friends around in your vicinity. Excessive use of social media can become addictive. Like any addiction, too much of anything is not good. Do not stay on social media to a point where you forget there is life off the internet. Go on that date or even go out for lunch!
Some people spend so much time updating their social media profiles, even when there is other work to be done. It is not advisable to spend endless hours taking new photographs, recording videos just to upload on your social media profile every minute. You need to build self-discipline in engaging on social media platforms. Hence, the need for a social media diet, to avoid binging all day long.
- Stop procrastinating
Many times, we get on social media apps like, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, when we have real work that we just don’t want to do. It is advisable to stop procrastinating and postponing quick decision making. Yet again, we just have to get the work done for the day. Aside from using the excuse of browsing on social media as a reason for poor performance in other areas, the need to embark on a social media diet may just be the solution here. Once you finish other jobs for the day, you’ll have enough time to socialize over the internet.
- Spend more time with close friends and family
Excessive use of social media has greatly reduced human interactions unlike the days where they didn’t exist. Normalise going out to spend time with your family and friends, because such moments are there to be cherished for a lifetime. You can’t find such moments while, hanging onto your preferred device all day long.
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