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Are you omnipresent in all popular social networking sites? Do you suffer from palpitations when you don’t get to check your Facebook account at least every 24 hours? Do you feel a constant need for Likes, Shares and Comments on everything you post?
You may be suffering from Social Media Addiction. This article was written to increase your awareness on how to lessen your addiction to Social Media.
1. Understand your addiction.
The first step in lessening your addiction is to understand it. Sure, you can consciously stop it by repressing your need to go online, but the best way to efficiently stop it is to know how it works, recognize the signs that you’re addicted, understand why you’re addicted, and figure out how to control it.
Addiction is a condition that is manifested through dependence on an object or substance. It is dangerous, as it can develop compulsive behaviors that can impair your productivity, be it in school or at work.
- Is my work getting affected by my social media time already?
- How long and how often do I check my Facebook for Comments and Likes?
- How anxious do I get when I fail to check my accounts in a day?
2. Separate real life from digital life.
So let’s say that you have identified whether you’re addicted to social media or not. Most people who are addicted will never admit that they have subconsciously mixed reality and digital life in a confusing blend. In real life, you cannot type a smiley to express whether you’re happy or -____- . In real life, there are no Like buttons or Share buttons. You have to communicate organically. If you’re caught up in the way you communicate through social media, you will feel isolated and disconnected without your gadget.
- Has Facebook changed the way I interact with my family?
- Do I still eat dinner with my family? Am I not eating my dinner on my bed while checking Facebook?
- Am I still aware of the importance of verbal and non-verbal communication in real life?
- Do I have more online friends than real ones?
3. Reset your priorities.
Addiction causes a bleak cloud that gets in the way of your priorities. Priorities are important. These are your guidelines in life whether or not you’re fulfilling your purpose. You have far greater potential than just becoming a stalker on Facebook, checking random profiles, or reading random Tweets on Twitter. Maybe it’s time to remember what you really wanted to do and gain in life.
Ask yourself these questions to get your priorities back on the line.
- What am I getting out of Facebook?
- What am I getting out of Twitter?
- Am I benefiting from these?
In this age of digital technology, communication has been reinvented beyond what was known and used half a century ago.
Messages used to take weeks and even months to be delivered to the addressee. Today, people have turned a strong inclination towards convenience and speed. Through smartphones and tablets, there is convenience of going online portably. Through speed of responses, Comments, Shares and Likes, people can get addicted, most specially with social media.
Sure, social media can be an addicting vice. The attention and appreciation from other users are gratifying. To stop this compulsive behaviour from manifesting, one has to understand it. Understand why it happens, understand why you let it happen, and understand why you make it happen.