Monday, 21 January 2019

๐Ÿ‘‰I'm Cutting Down on Social Media- Here's How๐Ÿ‘ˆ

Social media is something I really struggle with....

and I know that I'm not alone in this. Wherever you go, I guarantee that there will be groups of people sat together, and yet all of them have their eyes fixed on their phones. It's honestly upsetting to watch this happening, and yet I know that I do this myself. 

According to New York Post, people check their phone on average once every 12 minutes – meaning they check their phones 80 times a day! 

For me, the biggest struggle was always Facebook. There was something about having an up-to-date profile picture that I knew represented me in the way I wanted, keeping my featured photos recent, keeping involved in group chats and seeing what my friends *ahem* wanted everyone to see they were doing that kept me coming back. Every day. Multiple times a day. Times where life was happening around me and I wasn't paying any attention.

There's so much more to life. I have a beautiful family to watch grow. Even my little cousins are hooked on Candy Crush, and I can't say that's not my fault. There's so much beauty in the little things and genuine conversations that are now a few words over Messenger. 

So, what am I changing? Some of the things I'm about to mention might sound small and insignificant, obvious even. To me, they're huge steps in the right direction. 

  1. I've deleted Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Messenger from my phone. This took me a long time to do and it took teeny, tiny baby steps to achieve. This way, if I want to use my social media, I have to physically log in on my laptop. This means that I only have a small window in the evening to be online.
  2. I've downloaded an add-on for my laptop that removes my Facebook newsfeed. Now, if I log on to Facebook, I'll need a purpose. 
  3. I've stopped bringing my phone with me for a bath. This one, you might think, is obvious. Firstly, yes, it's stupid and means your phone is more likely to get water damage, but primarily: when I go for a bath, that time is my time. I can forget the rest of the world for around half an hour :)
  4. I've told my friends. If your closest friends truly love and respect you, they'll have no problem texting you rather than using social media. It also gives you all the more reason to go out for coffee more often!!
I hope that this post will inspire you to look a little closer at your social media habits and encourage you to talk about this problem and make a difference before it consumes you. If we don't address this as a problem now, what hope do we have for our children?

Lots of love,
Marti ๐Ÿ˜˜

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