Social Media has become an inseparable part of our lives. Many of us cannot imagine a day without using social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube etc. Social Media usage is fine as long as it is time-bound, but very few people can be disciplined with social media usage. It takes a lot of will power to not get addicted to them because these platforms are planned and designed to make the user get addicted.
So, after a point, even without our knowledge, we get addicted to these platforms and keep checking our messages very frequently. And if we are unconscious, we may even spend hours and hours on social media without even realizing it.
Social media addiction has become quite common in current times. Below are some statistics on Social Media usage.
1. People spend on average, 3 hours per day on social media.
2. Teens who spend 5 hours a day on Social Media are twice more likely to show depression symptoms than teens who spend 1 hour per day.
3. Employees spend an average of 32% of their workday on social media.
4. Social media usage causes a 13% loss of productivity in the workplace.
5. Social media addiction has become common, and 210 million users are addicted to social media across the world. This number is growing with each day.
There are several disadvantages of addiction to social media. Here are some of these disadvantages.
1. Loss of productivity: It kills productivity. Many of us see no harm in checking social media updates frequently because it only takes a couple of minutes. But research says that this constant distraction reduces our productivity.
2. Unhealthy comparison: The rosy pictures and statuses shared on Social media by others cause peer pressure and leads to unhealthy comparison and unhappiness. It may even cause depression about one’s own imperfect life.
3. Loss of time: When we get on to social media, it’s tough to come out of it quickly. Unknowingly, a major chunk of time is spent unproductively, and this causes loss of time.
4. Attention seeking: Likes and followers boost the confidence of a person and make the person feel important. This can turn into an obsession and make the person seek constant attention and validation.
5. Disconnect from reality: It’s easy to get hundreds of friends and followers on social media, and one can lose track of time in seeing all the statuses and updates. The number of real friendships in life comes down, and it all boils down to likes and comments on social media.
6. Sleep disruption: Too much of social media usage also makes it difficult to fall asleep and causes sleep issues.
These are some disadvantages of spending too much time on Social Media. But many of us don’t even realize that we are addicted to Social Media. How to know if you have social media addiction? Below are 10 indicators.
1. Your social media usage is eating away the time you spend on your work. You get distracted easily in your workplace because of Social media usage.
2. When you hear a notification on your phone, you immediately check your phone.
3. You check your phone first thing after you wake up.
4. You monitor your posts to see how many likes they got.
5. You check your phone every few minutes for any notifications.
6. You become anxious when there is no internet, or your phone’s battery is down.
7. You become upset when your posts got a few likes.
8. You wake up in the middle of the night to check your social media updates.
9. You check your phone last thing before you sleep.
10. You cannot stay away from your phone for a few hours.
If your answers are yes to the above questions, then its time for you to gradually come out of social media addiction. It’s not practical or necessary to completely cut off social media because social media makes it easy to communicate and stay in touch with others. All we need to do is regulate our time spent on social media. Below are some tips that help you come out of your addiction to Social media.
1. Don’t check your phone first thing in the morning. Use your first 30 minutes of mornings to do something more productive and invigorating like exercise or prayers. Have a properly planned morning ritual.
2. Don’t check your phone last thing in the night. Stop using your mobile at least 1 hour prior to sleeping. Use this 1 hour to relax your body and mind. You can read a good book or plan your next day.
3. Designate a particular time in the day to check social media updates. Use this time only for checking social media. Having a designated time helps you keep track of the time you spend on social media.
4. Do not check social media in all other times, which are not designated for it.
5. Maintain a gap of at least 3 to 4 hours of time between checking your updates on the phone.
6. Don’t keep your mobile beside you while sleeping. Keep it far away from you in a not so easily reachable place. Research says that 71% sleep next to a mobile device.
7. When you are in the workplace, turn off the sound notifications of your phone. This helps you work with focus and without distractions.
8. Understand that your life is bigger than the number of social media likes or followers you get.
9. Spend more time in doing real-life activities like bonding with family members, friends, exercising, spending time in nature, calling a friend, reading a book etc.
10. Realize that no one’s life is perfect, and everyone has their own battles in life. So, don’t let the perfect pictures and statuses on social media upset you or make you feel depressed about your own life.
These are some tips to overcome social media addiction.
Life is beautiful, with many moments. There is so much to explore and enjoy around us. Let’s not forget this beauty of life because of Social media.