How to beat an addiction to social media

Social media addiction has already become a major problem.

If you, or someone you know, can’t go a few minutes without checking your social channels, here are some tips to help you stop and get your life back.

Protect yourself

You need to protect yourself from negatively affecting your work and personal relationships. By stepping away from social media, assessing your addiction and developing healthy social media habits, you can work through the issue and create a more balanced life.

Admit you have a problem

The first thing to do is admit you have a problem. Acknowledging your addiction is the first step to improving your situation. Set yourself a goal to spend less time on social channels. A simple way to assess your problem is to turn your phone off for an hour and see how you feel. If you get anxious to look at your phone, you probably have a problem.

Shut down your social media

The obvious solution to stop your addiction is to shut down your social media accounts. Just stop using them. You’ll be amazed that you can still enjoy life, the sky doesn’t fall down and the world remains unaffected. You’ll also have more time to be productive, or lazy, depending on your preference.

If shutting your accounts proves too difficult, take stock of your usage. Keep a diary of the time and frequency you spend on social channels. Even note the type of posts you read and watch. Apps like QualityTime keep track of how much time you spend on each social media site, so you can assess the extent of your addiction.

Set a time limit for future usage

Once you realise how much time you are spending on each channel, set a time limit for each and stick to it. Then try to reduce the time limit until you are only looking at your social channels a couple of times a day at most.

Reflect

Take some time to reflect on why you use social media. Does it indicate a different problem, such as a need for attention, boredom or something else? By assessing the root of your need to use social media you can address the issues and find other things to do with your time. Seek professional help if you are struggling to solve the problem on your own.