Nowadays, social media apps are constantly fighting for our attention. It’s no wonder we’re becoming more distracted and anxious each and everyday. In a new Netflix series tilted, ‘The Social Dilemma’ previous tech founders explain how social media companies make money. (Here’s a hint, it’s from bringing YOU back into their app!)
If everyday, we have apps constantly sending us notifications and fighting for our attention…it’s going to be really tempting to be on our phones all day.
Facebook. Instagram. TikTok. Snapchat. Twitter. Youtube. Pinterest. LinkedIn.
We can’t waste our days away, switching between the apps and endlessly searching for instant gratification and our next dose of dopemine.
Here’s a list of easy things you can do today, to limit your social media usage and earn back your minutes everyday:
1.) Turn off all notifications – Yep, that’s right! You don’t need to be notified of your Facebook memories in the middle of your 10am meeting. You can read your notifications, when you decide to log into the apps.
2.) Designate Time for Social Media – Pick a specific time of day that you know you want to sit down, catch up with your friends on social, post your business updates, etc. and make sure this is a time that works for your schedule. (And you probably shouldn’t make this right when you wake up!)
3.) Set a Timer for Your Social Media Usage – That’s right…the iPhone actually lets you designate how long you want to spend on each app everyday. You can find this feature in the ‘Settings’ app and then clicking to ‘Screentime’. For example, I give myself 1 hour a day for Instagram…..after those 60 minutes are up? I’m locked out of the app. This keeps me accountable to make sure I’m using my social media time productively! (Don’t worry, you get a 5 minute warning!!)
4.) Create a ‘Downtime’ Setting – The iPhone also has a feature in the ‘Screentime’ setting where you can choose to silence your phone at night. For me, it’s set each day from 10pm to 7am. This means that in this timeframe, I can’t receive notifications, calls or texts unless it’s from a specified list of contacts. (For emergency purposes!) If it’s not from those people…chances are it can wait until 7:01am.
5.) Recognize Your Emotions – Next time you log onto social media, I want you to ask yourself these two questions: Why did I log onto this app? How is it making me feel? Asking yourself this will allow you to become more conscious of how social media could actually be affecting your mental health.
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Hi there! I'm MollyKate, a 22 year old fashion designer and entrepreneur with a heart for Jesus and chai tea lattes. This blog is my little corner of the Internet where I can explore faith + fashion, and all things lifestyle. I would absolutely love for you to follow along! You can also check out my online shop and podcast, 'Rooted in Love'.
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