Okay, I know the title is scary but don’t get me wrong. I love social media and the fact that it enables you to meet new people, learn new things and find all sorts of inspiration from around the world. But I also think many of you can relate to the feeling of having spent too much time online scrolling through Youtube or Instagram instead of actually doing something productive or fun with your time. That’s why I think it’s important to sometimes stop and reflect on the time you spend on social media – and more specifically reflect on what you wish you had spent that time doing instead.
If this way of thinking sounds at least a little bit familiar to you, here are three simple things you can do to spend your time a little bit more wisely.
– SHUT OFF NOTIFICATIONS – The average smartphone user looks at their phone a staggering 150 times a day. Let’s say you’re awake between 7.00 AM and 11.00 PM on a normal day. This would mean you are looking at your phone approximately every 7th minute all day long. That’s crazy! One reason for this could be all of the endless notifications that pop up on our screens. I’ve already shut off notifications for almost all of my apps, but now goes the rest of them!
– DELETE UNNECCESSARY APPS – Do you really need to have Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube and Bloglovin on your phone, or would it be sufficient to visit these sites when you’re on your computer instead? I’m very fond of the Bloglovin’ app, but I actually do prefer to read blogs on the computer where you can see photos better and can more easily navigate the site. Facebook, Linkedin and similar apps are however already gone!
– UNFOLLOW AND UNSUBSCRIBE – Browse through all of the accounts that you are following on different channels like Youtube or Instagram, and simply unsubscribe or unfollow all of the ones that are taking more energy from you than they are giving back. It could be someone or something that makes you compare yourself to other people, or makes you feel bad about yourself and your own life. And do remember that social media often only shows a tiny part of someone’s life, the part that they want others to see.
The purpose of all of this is simply to spend a little less time on social media, and instead do things that you otherwise don’t have the time or energy to do. Take a walk, read a book, work out, watch a movie or have dinner with a friend.
In other words – Do more things that make you forget to check your phone!